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
Did You Know?
The characters of Bele (Frank Gorshin
) and Lokai (Lou Antonio
) both wear shirts which are not pullovers but instead zip up the back. This was because makeup application with the shirts on would have soiled the shirts, and pulling shirts over their heads after the makeup was applied would have disturbed the makeup. Therefore makeup had to be applied first, including below the neckline of the mock turtlenecks they will be wearing. Then the shirts could be put on gently and laid over the made-up neck, and then zipped snugly up the back. See more
Although the shuttle-craft is stolen from Starbase 4, it's side clearly reads: "U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701/7" (archive footage from Star Trek: The Galileo Seven
). In the digitally enhanced version, the number has been changed to SB4-0314/2. See more
You can no more destroy this ship than I can change color.
Referenced in Futurama: A Leela of Her Own