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The Omega Glory 

Responding to a distress signal, Kirk finds Captain Tracey of the U.S.S. Exeter violating the prime directive and interfering with a war between the Yangs and the Kohms to find the secret of their longevity.


Vincent McEveety


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Gene Roddenberry




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Morgan Woodward ... Capt. Tracey
Roy Jenson ... Cloud William
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Irene Kelly Irene Kelly ... Sirah
Morgan Farley ... Yang Scholar
David L. Ross ... Lt. Galloway
Lloyd Kino ... Wu
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Dr. Carter
Frank Atienza Frank Atienza ... Kohn Villager


As the Enterprise approaches planet Omega IV, they find another starship, the U.S.S. Exeter, in orbit. Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam aboard to find the ship abandoned but strewn with uniforms and crystals. The last log entry from the ship's surgeon tells them they have been infected with a deadly virus brought aboard from a returning landing party. Kirk's party beams down to the planet's surface and finds there is one Exeter survivor: Captain Ron Tracey. He has apparently ignored the Prime Directive and has taken sides in a local dispute supporting the Kohms against their arch-rivals, the Yangs. As McCoy tries to find a cure for the virus, Spock and Kirk try to make sense of the situation. They eventually realize there is an odd parallel with Earth's own history. Written by garykmcd

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1 March 1968 (USA) See more »

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Wu was born in 1806. See more »


When Kirk and Cloud William are twisting the iron bars in their jail cell, they are actually working against one another at times. At certain points one is twisting clockwise while the other is twisting counter-clockwise. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: If my ancestors were forced out of the cities... into the deserts, the hills...
Mr. Spock: Yes. I see, Captain. They would've learned to wear skins, adopted stoic mannerisms, learned the bow and the lance.
Captain James T. Kirk: Living like the Indians, and finally even looking like the American Indian. American... Yangs - Yanks? Spock - Yankees!
Mr. Spock: Kohms... Communists? The parallel is almost too close, Captain.
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Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) See more »

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Captain Tracey Violates The Prime Directive
11 January 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Season 2, episode 23. The Enterprise arrives at the planet Omega IV because they received a distress call from the U.S.S. Exeter. When they hailed the ship no one answers. Kirk, Spock, Bone and a red shirt beam over to the Exeter to find no one aboard only their uniforms with piles of white crystals. McCoy examines the crystals to find those piles are what is left of the crew with the water from their bodies gone - disintegrated. Spock searches for information and finds a recording warning whoever finds the tape they are dead men, the only hope on the planet and Captain Tracey is on the planet. The party beam down to the planet and find Tracey. Tracey tells them that if they beamed over to the Enterprise then they would have died like the rest of the crew - as his crew did. Tracey then tells them it's something on the planet that has kept him alive, them alive. Tracey also revealed that there is a war on the planet between the Yangs and the Kohms. Everything that Tracey says is true but one thing that he has violated the prime directive - to help but never interfere with the progress of a planet and it's people. Kirk and his men must find a way to set everything right and get out alive.

Not a bad episode - interesting to see a Starfleet Officer turn "evil" because he likes idea of living a very long time over the prime directive.


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