Star Trek (1966–1969)
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A Taste of Armageddon 

Kirk and Spock must save their ship's crew when they are declared all killed in action in a bizarre computer simulated war where the actual deaths must occur to continue.


Joseph Pevney


Robert Hamner (teleplay by), Gene L. Coon (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
David Opatoshu ... Anan 7
Gene Lyons ... Ambassador Fox
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
James Doohan ... Scott
Barbara Babcock ... Mea 3
Miko Mayama ... Tamula
David L. Ross ... Galloway
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Sean Kenney ... DePaul
Robert Sampson ... Sar 6


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. Written by garykmcd

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23 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The Eminian flip-top communicator was re-used as a Klingon item. It became a Klingon communicator as seen in Star Trek: Errand of Mercy (1967) and Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius (1968). 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 »


Captain James T. Kirk: Code 710 means that under no circumstances are we to approach that planet - no circumstances whatsoever.
Ambassador Fox: You will disregard that signal, Captain.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime (2001) See more »


Theme From Star Trek
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My Motives for Liking This Episode Aren't Very Honorable
28 April 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This has always been a favorite of mine. I think its because the arrogant get their comeuppance. It involves a diplomatic mission to quite an advanced planet, Eminiar, rich in technology. The Enterprise has been warned away, but Kirk feels he needs to check things out. What he finds is civilization that has been at war with another planet for centuries. However, they fight their war with computers. Buildings and material objects are spared, but the people voluntarily allow themselves to be disintegrated in death chambers. Enter Fox, an insufferable negotiator who thinks that he can talk his way through the barriers put up by Anan 7, the leader of the planet. Because Kirk and Spock are stuck on the planet, Scotty takes the helm. The problem is that the computer has informed Anan 7 that the entire crew of the Enterprise has been designated as war casualties, and he has told Kirk to get his crew to the surface and have them report to the death chambers. Despite the Prime Directive, Kirk isn't going to have any of this. He finds Anan 7's reasoning disgusting. War is supposed to be a dirty thing, meant to be avoided, not some sterile thing. Of course, Kirk also hooks up with Anan's daughter who is beautiful and also listed as a casualty. The sparks fly for a while and I find the conclusion really quite satisfying.

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