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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This story was a clear indictment of the discrimination and prejudice which was still rampant in the 1960s, by showing the complete absurdity of discrimination and prejudice, which were rampant in America at the time of production and airing, 1968-1969, less than one year after the assassination of Martin Luther King
and just a few years after the Watts Riots and the events later depicted in the films Ghosts of Mississippi
(1996), Malcolm X
(1992), and Mississippi Burning
(1988). What was so absurd in this case, white/black people and black/white people, is an allegory to whites versus black people. Many critics charged that this underlying message was considered much too obvious and heavy-handed, overshadowing what was otherwise excellent acting by Frank Gorshin
and the series regulars. See more
A large string/wire is clearly visible supporting the shuttle model as it enters the Enterprise hanger bay. See more
Change is the essential process of all existence.
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