On a mission to establish diplomatic relations at Star Cluster NGC321, Kirk and Spock beam down to planet Eminiar 7 to learn that its inhabitants have been at war with a neighboring planet for over 500 years. They can find no damage nor evidence of destruction but soon learn that their war is essentially a war game, where each planet attacks the other in a computer simulation with the tabulated victims voluntarily surrendering themselves for execution after the fact. When the Enterprise becomes a victim in the computer simulation and ordered destroyed, Kirk decides it's time to show them exactly what war means.
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When Mea 3 escorts the landing party from the beam-down area to the council chamber, the transition of scenes is conveyed not through a cut or a dissolve, but through a wipe - the only time such an effect was used in the original series. Also, this is the only time anyone is able to determine where a person or group of people will materialize. See more
In the opening scene, just after Ambassador Fox tells Captain Kirk to obey is order, he steps up to the upper level of the bridge, slightly tilting/dislodging the captain's chair. Causing it and Kirk to wiggle. Surely the structural integrity of a 23rd Century star ship bridge deck floor would not allow this to happen. See more
Planetary disrupter banks, calculate orbit of star cruiser now circling. Stand by to fire full power.
Voice of fire control officer
Councilman, planetary disrupter banks locked onto target. Standing by.
In ten seconds, open fire. Destroy the star cruiser. Those are the orders of the council.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
Referenced in Star Trek: By Any Other Name
Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage See more