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"Star Trek" The Omega Glory (TV Episode 1968) Poster

(TV Series)

(1968)

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This was one of three scripts submitted to NBC (along with Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966) and Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966)) when they were seeking to do a second pilot for the series. They ultimately chose to kickstart the series with "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
Roy Jenson plays Cloud William, the chief of the tribe of "Yangs" (Yanks) on a parallel planet who have survived, evolved and waged a guerrilla war against the invading "Kohms" (Communists) by taking to the mountains and plains and adapting to the tribal lifestyle of the American Indian. In Red Dawn (1984), Jenson plays the father of Robert Morris, one of the main characters, a band of American teenagers who escape to the mountains during a Communist invasion of the United States and survive to wage a guerrilla war largely by adapting to the tribal lifestyle of the American Indian.
Scenes from The Omega Glory were featured in a set of View Master (3-D) slides.
Only episode where a victim of the Vulcan neck-pinch actually makes a sound at the time of the pinch. Normally, the neck-pinch incapacitates the victim before he/she can make a sound.
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In the adaptation of this episode done for the ViewMaster (3-D) slides, the Yangs were renamed the Meraks.
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This is the second of three times the Enterprise encounters another Constitution-class starship with the entire crew dead. The other two were in "The Doomsday Machine" and "The Tholian Web".
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The Kohm guarding Dr. McCoy can be seen in green coveralls in "The Man Trap", both in the corridor and in the turbolift, and as one of the miners in "The Devil in the Dark". He can also be seen extensively as a background character in many episodes of Kung Fu and Hawaii Five-O.
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Wu's father was born well before 1268.
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This takes place in 2268.
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Spock attempting to telepathically "suggest" Sirah to pick up the communicator, was reminiscent of the early concepts that Spock has special powers over women.
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NBC announced that Star Trek would be renewed for a third season during the closing credits of this episode, on 1 March 1968. In the announcement, they also wrote "Please do not send any more letters", responding to the vast amount of mail received during the protests organized by Roddenberry and Bjo Trimble.
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Wu was born in 1806.
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Roddenberry originally wanted to produce this episode early in the first season, along with "Mudd's Women", but NBC thought the script was weak and ordered the staff to 'shelve' it for an indefinite time to be possibly reworked and produced later on. Despite NBC still objecting against it, Roddenberry finally had his way to make "The Omega Glory" during late in the second season.
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It is learned that the Exeter had a standard complement of four shuttlecraft. During the search for survivors, Galloway informed Kirk that "all four of the craft" were still on the hangar deck. Whether all Constitution-class vessels were equipped with that number of shuttles is not made clear.
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This is the first time the chief medical officer of another Federation starship, Dr. Carter, is seen. Although he is sitting in the command chair on the bridge, it is unclear if he is in command of the Exeter or is merely recording his warning. Not until Dr. Crusher was placed in command of the USS Enterprise-D in "Descent, Part II" would a doctor clearly be in command of a starship. (Dr. Crusher was technically in command in "Remember Me" when she was the only crewmember left; however, since it wasn't the real Enterprise, it cannot be counted.)
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This episode marks the first and only time in the original series that reference is made to phaser "power packs."
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Morgan Woodward (USS Exeter Captain Ronald Tracey) had previously played another wild-eyed madman, Simon Van Gelder in "Dagger of the Mind".
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Despite Galloway's demise in this episode, David L. Ross returned as Lieutenant Johnson in "Day of the Dove" and as Galloway once more in "Turnabout Intruder". No explanation was given for the resurrection. According to Ross in the unauthorized biography of William Shatner, Gene Roddenberry wanted him to appear regularly in the series, but Ross was not interested in that much acting.
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Ed McCready makes yet another appearance on Star Trek as the ill-fated Doctor Carter. McCready appeared numerous times in all three seasons of the show in short bit roles.
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The remastered version of "The Omega Glory" aired in many North American markets during the weekend of 30 June 2007. The episode included dramatic new effects shots of the Enterprise and the Exeter in orbit of a more Earth-like, computer-generated Omega IV. Among the fine details inserted into the show, a small glimpse of the Exeter appears on the Enterprise viewscreen as it approaches the planet at the start of the episode.
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The shot of Sulu manning the helm station with an empty captain's chair in the background in mid-Act One is recycled from "Arena".
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The original 1965 script draft named the missing starship as the USS Argentina. The Enterprise landing party consisted of Kirk, Spock, a young navigator named Lieutenant Commander Piper, a helmsman called Lieutenant Phil Raintree, and the ship's doctor named Milton Perry.
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A letter reprinted in Inside Star Trek: The Real Story reveals that Roddenberry personally submitted his teleplay for consideration for an Emmy Award.
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In this episode, the USS Enterprise visits another world possessing a parallel-Earth culture. Other such examples include "Miri" and "Bread and Circuses". There are also Earth cultures in "A Piece of the Action", "Patterns of Force", "The Paradise Syndrome", and "Plato's Stepchildren", but they were introduced deliberately or accidentally and did not originate organically.
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Roy Jenson's voice was electronically altered for this episode. The preview for the episode contains unaltered dialogue for Cloud William which doesn't have the "slowed down" effect.
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Identical female screams are heard in this episode and in "A Private Little War" and "The Gamesters of Triskelion".
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James Doohan (Scotty) and Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov) do not appear in this episode.
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