Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 15

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (10 Jan. 1969)

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The Enterprise encounters two duo-chromatic and mutually belligerent aliens who put the ship in the middle of their old conflict.

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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 garykmcd

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The characters of Bele (Frank Gorshin) and Lokai (Lou Antonio) are depicted as wearing gloves all the time. This was not because it was a requirement of the script or character descriptions, but because the black and white makeup would have smudged and rubbed off every time their hands touched anything or any other character. See more »

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A large string/wire is clearly visible supporting the shuttle model as it enters the Enterprise hanger bay. See more »

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Bele: For fifty thousand of your terrestrial years, I have been pursuing Lokai through the galaxy. I have not traveled this far this long only to give him up now. This ship goes where my will drives it.
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"You monotones don't understand"
12 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Stranger things have been known to happen, but the chances of two races of humanoid as typified by Frank Gorshin and Lou Antonio probably couldn't happen in real life. Still as an allegory about prejudice these characters and this Star Trek episode are a fine example.

First Lou Antonio manages to board the Enterprise requesting asylum. He's white and black with a dividing line clear down vertically of his body. After that Frank Gorshin arrives stating he's a law enforcement official from the planet Charon the other side of the galaxy with a warrant for Antonio whom he describes as a terrorist. Gorshin is also black and white just on the reverse sides.

From them we learn how Gorshin's crowd became the dominant race on their planet and how Antonio is a freedom fighting hero for his people. Both of them have extraordinary mental abilities and drive the Enterprise at will forcing control away from William Shatner and the crew. Oh, and they've been pursuer and pursued for 50,000 years.

In the end when they get to Charon it's quite a sight for both of them.

Sometimes these blood feuds can take on a life of their own. As humans and purportedly rational beings we have to overcome that. A lesson humankind has yet to learn.


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