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.
Did You Know?
Every time there is a "red alert", the camera quickly and repeatedly zooms in and out of a shot of one of the many flashing, red warning lights which indicate the red alert. This camera effect, no doubt used to generate increased intensity, was only used in this episode. See more
One of the key points to this plot is Kirk not knowing how to handle Bele and Lokai as he is unsure which of them is telling the truth. However, Spock's Vulcan mind meld may have solved this issue. It was never mentioned. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
I suggest you get a great deal of rest, especially your vocal cords. It seems you'll have a double opportunity to practice your oratory on Starbase 4.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
Music credited to Alexander Courage
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman See more