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A Private Little War 

Peaceful, primitive peoples get caught up in the struggle between superpowers, with Kirk unhappily trying to restore the balance of power disrupted by the Klingons.


Marc Daniels


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Gene Roddenberry (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Nancy Kovack ... Nona
Michael Witney Michael Witney ... Tyree
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Ned Romero ... Krell
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Booker Bradshaw ... Dr. M'Benga
Arthur Bernard Arthur Bernard ... Apella
Janos Prohaska ... The Gumato
Paul Baxley Paul Baxley ... Patrol Leader
Gary Pillar Gary Pillar ... Yutan


Kirk returns to the planet where he spent time 13 years before. A friend from his previous visit is now leader of his people. While trying to uphold the Federation's prime directive, the Klingons are providing more advanced technology to their enemies. Written by laird-3

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In Don Ingalls' original story outline, the Klingon antagonist was Kor from Star Trek: The Original Series: Errand of Mercy (1967). See more »


Obvious stunt double for the Klingon (Krell) when Kirk attacks him in the forge room (possibly the same man that doubled for Spock when he was shot at the beginning). See more »


Mr. Spock: [wheezing] Nurse.
Nurse Chapel: Yes?
Mr. Spock: Hit me. The pain will help me to regain consciousness. Hit me.
Nurse Chapel: Hit you? No! I can't...
Mr. Spock: I ask you, strike me. If I don't regain consciousness soon, it may be too late. Hit me!
[unsure, she slaps him]
Mr. Spock: Harder!
[she begins slapping him harder]
Mr. Spock: Again! Continue, the pain will help me to consciousness.
Scott: [Scott enters Sickbay and sees Nurse Chapel slapping the unconscious Mr. Spock] What are you doing, woman?
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Zoolander (2001) See more »


Music credited to Alexander Courage
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman
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Awful ideological apologist episode to brainwash Americans
11 October 2012 | by kjrukSee all my reviews

If there had been too many like this one I would not have been enjoying watching the remastered series. And I don't mean the bad hairdo wigs the two tribes were wearing. This is such a blatant piece of US right wing self-justification for war mongering I'm surprised more people have not been appalled. I wouldn't have noticed when I first watched it when I was a teenager but as an adult I find the arguments simple minded pseudo-philosophical tripe of the silliest kind - all probably to justify what the Americans were doing in Vietnam. Even in terms of the fictional plot the conclusion to the dilemma is not logical. The Balance of Power must be maintained by arming the other side, naturally the other side are the good guys - blond naturally as an Aryan philosopher would have it. What other solution could there be? Well, obviously, destroy their weapons and prevent the arming of anybody would be an answer. And anyway Kirk already reminded us that the earthlings were nearly totally wiped out by the logical result of such an arms race - nuclear annihilation. And he wants them to suffer the same fate? It's all ridiculous. Thank goodness such ideological insertions were not too frequently overdone in the other episodes though of course it is clear that the values of the "American way" are what the Enterprise (=Private Enterprise) is carrying into space.

I don't normally allow the now obvious ideological content of the original series to spoil my enjoyment of one of my all-time favourite TV series but in this case it was a bit too much.

And that girl didn't need a potion to get Jim going- long eyelashes and sexy clothes were always enough for him!

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