Star Trek (1966–1969)
8.3/10
2,119
19 user 7 critic

Errand of Mercy 

With a war with Klingons raging, Kirk and Spock attempt to resist an occupation of a planet with incomprehensibly placid natives.

Director:

John Newland

Writers:

Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (created by)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
John Abbott ... Ayelborne
John Colicos ... Kor
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Peter Brocco ... Claymare
Victor Lundin ... Lieutenant
David Hillary Hughes David Hillary Hughes ... Trefayne
Walt Davis Walt Davis ... Klingon Soldier
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... Second Soldier
Edit

Storyline

War! The Klingons and the Federation are poised on the brink, and then war is declared. Kirk and Spock visit the planet Organia. Organia, inhabited by simple pastoral folk, lies on a tactical corridor likely to be important in the coming conflict. Whichever side controls the planet has a significant advantage. But the Organians are a perplexing people, apparently unconcerned by the threat of the Klingon occupation or even the deaths of others in their community. Finally, Kirk and the Klingon commander Kor learn why, and the reason will change Federation/Klingon relations for decades to come. Written by CommanderBalok

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of only a few episodes where a blue shirted crewman is seen at helm. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning, Captain Kirk offers the Organians assistance to their society from the Federation in a number of different ways, much of which would have been a clear violation of the Prime Directive. See more »

Quotes

Captain James T. Kirk: What would you say the odds are on our getting out of here?
Mr. Spock: Difficult to be precise, Captain. I should say, approximately 7,824.7 to 1.
Captain James T. Kirk: Difficult to be precise? 7,824 to 1?
Mr. Spock: 7,824.7 to 1.
Captain James T. Kirk: That's a pretty close approximation.
Mr. Spock: I endeavor to be accurate.
Captain James T. Kirk: You do quite well.
See more »

Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
You are now subjects of the Klingon Empire (and you don't care)
10 May 2007 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

The Enterprise crew are the first Star Fleet representatives to arrive on the planet Organia as hostilities break-out between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Organia offers tactical advantages and is inhabited by a passive, non-progressive, agricultural, humanoid people.

John Colicos turns in a landmark performance as a Klingon colonial administrator who arrives a few minutes after Kirk and Spock, with a full military contingent (uninhibited by the Federation's Prime Directive). Colicos' Kor becomes the archetypal personality for Klingon military leaders until the Klingons are somewhat redefined in DS9. Kor establishes mercilessness as his model and begins executing Organians who do not offer complete and open cooperation. And the Organians don't care. They sit back, aloof - neither resisting nor cooperating, and frustrate both Kor and Kirk.

The episode offers a brilliant, somewhat nihilistic and humbling resolution - which you will have to see for yourself, and is one of the most satisfying of TOS. It's only negative point is the over-abundant and unnecessary 'witty banter' between Kirk and Spock as they plot against the Klingons - more subtly exploited in later Coon scripts.

Highly recommended.


10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 19 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed