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Star Trek - A Piece of the Action

episode 2.17
Raumschiff Enterprise - Epigonen

USA 1968
produced by
John Meredyth Lucas, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by James Komack
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Anthony Caruso, Vic Tayback, Lee Delano, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, John Harmon, Sheldon Collins, Dyanne Thorne, Sharyn Hillyer, Buddy Garion, Steven Marlo
story by David P. Harmon, screenplay by David P. Harmon, Gene L. Coon, created by Gene Roddenberry

TV series
Star Trek, Classic Star Trek, Star Trek (original crew)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

The Enterprise follows a 100 year old distress call of a lost spaceship, to see if the civilisation it touched has been contaminated by the knowledge the ship brought to the locals ... and once Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and McCoy (DeForest Kelley) find themselves in a pretty accurate replica of 1920s gangland Chicago, down to the locals' lingo, due to a book called Chicago Mob s of the Twenties that the locals (literally) consider their bible. And Oxmyx (Anthony Caruso), one of the big bosses of the planet, offers Kirk and company a cut if they provide him with enough new-fangled weapons to take out the other gangs. Kirk refuses, but when Oxmyx doesn't take no for an answer, they have to fight their way out, and while Spock and McCoy beam back to the Enterprise, Kirk tries to strike a deal with Oxmyx's biggest rival Krako (Vic Tayback), to only get more of the same and ultimately be made Krako's prisoner to press the Enterprise to deliver weaponry. Kirk manages to escape of course, and thinks he has figured it out, as he now pretends the Federation is an even bigger "gang" than all the planet's gangs combined, and they have the power to snuff all the planet's bosses if their demands aren't reached - and this is a language the locals understand, and under duress, they make piece.


Now one thing's for sure, this episode is anything but subtle, and the science part of science fiction is incredibly far-fetched. But that said, the episode's also lots of fun, from the over-the-top portrayal of 1920s Chicago, to just seeing our heroes in a very unfamiliar setting, from plenty of gun action to William Shatner hamming it up as a mobster. Maybe not one of the best, but one of the funniest episodes of the original series, and at least not all the humour is unintentional.


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