While on a mission of mercy, the Enterprise comes across a shuttle craft stolen from Starbase 4. Its occupant is Lokai, a humanoid who is exactly half black and half white. Soon his pursuer, Commissioner Bele, arrives on board demanding that Lokai be turned over to him for transport to their home planet where Lokai has been convicted as a terrorist. Both men have extraordinary powers and it turns out that the pursuit has lasted 50,000 years. Their hatred of one another is racially based and, despite attempts by Kirk and others, they are not prepared to reconcile. The pursuit ends on their home planet where they learn the fate of their races.
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The SciFi Channel, the DVD, and the remastered version added some new scenes that were not in the original and VHS version. After Kirk makes his first log entry at the beginning of this episode, he asks Chekov about estimated time to Ariannus, tells Uhura to contact them to tell them that decontamination is to begin on arrival, and asks Scotty if it will it present any danger. Then after the shuttle is bought to the hangar deck, there is a shot of the shuttlecraft docking with the Enterprise. Sulu then calls Kirk in the turbolift to inform him that hangar doors are closed. Finally, there is a shot of Kirk and Spock in the hallway before they meet with the guards. See more
Bele comes charging out of the turbo-lift while chasing Lokai, and knocks a passing crewman to the floor. The crewman clearly braces himself to take the impact, rather than flinching away, revealing that he knows what's coming. See more
[the Enterprise is within scanning range of Cheron
Captain James T. Kirk
What are you picking up?
Several very large cities, uninhabited. Extensive traffic systems, barren of traffic. Lower animals and vegetation encroaching on the cities. No sapient lifeforms registering at all, Captain. There is no evidence of natural disaster. yet there are vast numbers of unburied corpses in all cities.
Captain James T. Kirk
You mean, all the people are dead?
All dead, Captain. They have annihilated each other. Totally.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more