Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 23

The Omega Glory (1 Mar. 1968)

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Responding to a distress signal, Kirk finds Captain Tracey of the U.S.S. Exeter violating the prime directive and interfering with a war between the Yangs and the Kohms to find the secret of their longevity.

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As the Enterprise approaches planet Omega IV, they find another starship, the U.S.S. Exeter, in orbit. Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam aboard to find the ship abandoned but strewn with uniforms and crystals. The last log entry from the ship's surgeon tells them they have been infected with a deadly virus brought aboard from a returning landing party. Kirk's party beams down to the planet's surface and finds there is one Exeter survivor: Captain Ron Tracey. He has apparently ignored the Prime Directive and has taken sides in a local dispute supporting the Kohms against their arch-rivals, the Yangs. As McCoy tries to find a cure for the virus, Spock and Kirk try to make sense of the situation. They eventually realize there is an odd parallel with Earth's own history. Written by garykmcd

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Scenes from The Omega Glory were featured in a set of View Master (3-D) slides. See more »

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When Dr. McCoy analyzes the crystals on the U.S.S. Exeter, he identifies them as the crew members bodies after water is removed. He says the human body is 96% water and does a tricorder analysis of the remaining 4% and reports it as 35% potassium and 18% carbon. His percentages are either wrong mathematically or physiologically. The 96% figure refers not exclusively to water but organic elements, which includes body fat and sugars in addition to water. While carbon does account for 18% of the total body mass, after removing water the percentage should have been 74%. The content of the minerals is also incorrect. Calcium accounts for 38% and potassium accounts for 10%, not the stated 35%. See more »

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Captain James T. Kirk: Although it appears the infection may strand us here the rest of our lives, I face an even more difficult problem - a growing belief that Captain Tracey has been interfering with the evolution of life on this planet. It seems impossible. A star captain's most solemn oath is that he will give his life, even his entire crew, rather than violate the Prime Directive.
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Oh Dear
3 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Episode upon episode leads us to the conclusion - embodied in Kirk - that Starship Commanders are for truth , justice and the American way. Incorruptible. determined and honest.

Yet in this episode, a Starship captain - who must surely (if Kirk is anything to go by), have had many temptations placed in his way in the past - goes corrupt for what this one planet offered. It didn't wash I'm afraid.

Likewise a young, fit Jim (who beat many strong humans and aliens in earlier episodes)was beaten by a couple of punches from a guy in his mid-fifties!

Still, well done to all involved for entertainment value. I only point out mere minor discrepancies in a fond way!

This episode, on top of the few before, really hammered home the political nature of Star Trek in the 60's, but what the hell, they were for their country.


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