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"Star Trek" Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (TV Episode 1969) Poster

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Continuity 

When Kirk agrees to let Bele see Lokai in Sickbay, he calls for Mr. Spock to go with them and Spock is seen entering the turbolift behind the captain. However, when they arrive in Sickbay, Spock is not with them nor is he seen during that lengthy scene, but when Kirk returns to the bridge, Spock is again with him when the turbolift doors open onto the bridge.
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Chekov reports that Bele's ship is "out there" while at his station at the helm. When the camera shot from behind the helm shows Kirk and crew looking at the display screen appears, Chekov is not at the navigation station, but rather Hadley. When they cut back to a shot from the front angle as before to show the crew's faces, Chekov is back in his seat and Hadley is in Sulu's position at the helm.
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Captain Kirk calls a red alert, and the klaxon is heard and the red light is shown going on and off. When Bele appears, the alert is no longer heard, though the red light is still shown. After the commercial break, the red alert can be heard again, even though the "emergency" is over.
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when Lokai is talking to 4 crew members in the briefing room while Spock is listening outside the door, you can distinctly hear Chekov speaking in response. When the camera moves into the room you see Sulu & 3 others....but no Chekov.
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When Bele and Lokai each beam themselves down, only the two front transporter discs are visible on the platform. We can't see the other four because of the camera angle, but other episodes show the two discs closest to each of the front two are closer to them than the front discs are to each other, and that is not the case here.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Bele is chasing Lokai around the ship, there is one shot which shows Lokai holding a rope that is attached to the camera dolly, evidently as a means to keep him a set distance from the camera.
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Factual errors 

Upon finding out where Lokai is from Captain Kirk says that his planet is from the southern most part of the galaxy. There is no such area as a southern most part of ours or any other galaxy. Galaxy are collections of stars moving through space where there is no north or south. Directions like north and south are limited to celestial bodies like planets, moons, asteroids. The polarity of a body is usually based on magnetic and rotational values, things limited to planets, moons, stars and asteroids.
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Miscellaneous 

It has been shown in more than one episode that aliens inexplicably know how to use the transporter, even if they hadn't come aboard the ship that way, like Loki and Bele in this episode. They just pressed random button and were able to beam out by accident. There is no way in Lokai's panic and Bele's rage that they set the transporter properly. Virtually anything could have happened to them as result. They could have beamed into a deck, a wall, into space, atomized themselves, not re materialize at all, or even worse, re materialize wrong.
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Plot holes 

Even though Lokai is ostensibly a prisoner aboard the Enterprise, there is no guard assigned to sickbay to ensure that he doesn't once again try to commandeer a shuttle craft.

Similarly, both Lokai and Bele are given the run of the ship at all times, even though it is known they are mortal enemies. The computer should not allow both beings to access the bridge.
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Although Bele's ship is invisible, the Enterprise's sensors can detect it at all times, so it is completely illogical that Capt. Kirk wouldn't have ordered the firing of phasers or photon torpedoes or both before the ship collided with the Enterprise. For all Capt. Kirk knows, the ship may actually be a missile or other dangerous weapon of some sort. To allow it to come into contact with the Enterprise's shields without attempting to slow it down or destroy it makes absolutely no sense.
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Following the mission on Ariannus, when the bridge crew can't set course for Starbase 4, Bele explains that the directional control and self-destruct circuits have been burned out, and that he "did it like this" -- demonstrating his technique with a lot of noise and a light show.

It is inconceivable that he could have carried out his initial sabotage, on a crowded bridge, with no one noticing.
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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.
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The initial problem with this story is that there are so many unanswered questions about what doesn't make sense and not explained. What kind of beings are Lokai and Bele? They are obviously of a higher order based on the powers they've demonstrated. Also, there's some hint that they are of a long living race as Bele has been chasing Lokai for 50,000 years, which asks how old are they? In the past, the Enterprise has been able to classify this kind of entity. What exactly is the conflict on Cheron that lead to it's people warring? It's painted to be discriminatory based, but there had to be a more intense trigger than that. What is this planned uprising of Lokai's that he's spent years trying to recruit other beings to be a part of? They view humans as inferior, but Cheron's judicial system parallel's Earths very closely, especially Lokai's legal savvy in the right to asylum. They have the conflict of discrimination and slavery on their planet just as on Earth. Lastly, how has Lokai been able to evade capture from Bele for 50,000 years? Lokai hasn't demonstrated cleverness, so how could he not have made mistakes? Also, Bele now has Lokai in an enclosed area, that being the Enterprise, so how is he still not able to catch him? He has proved that the Enterprise crew is no match for his powers, so he could have apprehended Lokai at any time.
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Bele is black on the right side. Bele says Lokai is inferior because he is white on the right side. There is a hate between them. Having grown looking at your image in mirrors or reflective surfaces, hate for someone who embodies your reflection seems unlikely.
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Since we as a viewer don't know anything about Cheron or it's people, it's not possible to sympathize with either Lokai or Bele. There is simply no concrete proof of one another's guilt other than "his word against mine." Their discrimination makes no sense. What is the significance in their two tones? Do the colors represent some kind of power, intelligence, leadership, etc.? Apparently it's based on which color is on the dominant side. But why? Again, the problem is that we don't know anything about them.
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Revealing mistakes 

Although the shuttle-craft is stolen from Starbase 4, it's side clearly reads: "U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701/7" (archive footage from Star Trek: The Galileo Seven). In the digitally enhanced version, the number has been changed to SB4-0314/2.
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In Sickbay, Lokai says, "I'm from the planet Cheron." Kirk replies, "That's in the southernmost part of the galaxy, in an uncharted quarter. What are you doing so far from home?" If it's uncharted, how would Kirk know where it was and how far from it is from their present location?
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A large string/wire is clearly visible supporting the shuttle model as it enters the Enterprise hanger bay. This is corrected in the digitally enhanced version.
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