While on a mission of mercy, the Enterprise comes across a shuttle craft stolen from Starbase 4. Its occupant is Lokai, a humanoid who is exactly half black and half white. Soon his pursuer, Commissioner Bele, arrives on board demanding that Lokai be turned over to him for transport to their home planet where Lokai has been convicted as a terrorist. Both men have extraordinary powers and it turns out that the pursuit has lasted 50,000 years. Their hatred of one another is racially based and, despite attempts by Kirk and others, they are not prepared to reconcile. The pursuit ends on their home planet where they learn the fate of their races. Written by
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Every time there is a "red alert", the camera quickly and repeatedly zooms in and out of a shot of the one of the many flashing, red warning lights which indicate the red alert. This camera effect, no doubt used to generate some interest in the episode, was only used in this episode. See more
Captain Kirk calls a red alert, and the klaxon is heard and the red light is shown going on and off. When Bele appears, the alert is no longer heard, though the red light is still shown. After the commercial break, the red alert can be heard again, even though the "emergency" is over. See more
[Bele and Lokai are bi-colored aliens whose skin is white on one side and black on the other, except on differing sides
You've combed the galaxy and come up with nothing but mono-colored trash, do-gooders and bleeding hearts. You're dead, you half-white!
[to the crew
You useless pieces of bland flesh.
Referenced in Trekkies