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.
Did You Know?
Though the US Declaration of Independence, The Pledge of Allegiance, and the American flag are all key items in this story juxtaposing two cultures representing Americans and Soviets (Communists), William Shatner is Canadian - as is Roy Jenson (Cloud William) - and would not have been culturally familiar with the texts nor have learned them in school. Though an American Icon as Captain Kirk, Shatner was born and spent his formative years in Montreal, Quebec. 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
Among my people, we carry many such words as this from many lands, many worlds. Many are equally good and are as well respected, but wherever we have gone, no words have said this thing of importance in quite this way. Look at these three words written larger than the rest, with a special pride never written before, or since, tall words proudly saying, "We the People". That which you call Ee'd Plebnista, was not written for the chiefs of kings, or the warriors or the rich or the powerful, but ...
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