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Star Trek - A Taste of Armageddon

episode 1.23
Raumschiff Enterprise - Krieg der Computer

USA 1967
produced by
Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Joseph Pevney
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, David Opatoshu, Gene Lyons, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Barbara Babcock, Miko Mayama, David L.Ross, Nichelle Nichols, Sean Kenney, Robert Sampson
story by Robert Hamner, screenplay by Robert Hamner, Gene L.Coon, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Alexander Courage

tv-series
Star Trek, Classic Star Trek, Star Trek (original crew)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Ambassador Fox (Gene Lyons) wants to establish diplomatic relationships with some far-out planet or another, but when Captain Kirk (William Shatner) of the starship Enterprise and several of his crewmembers teleport down on the planet, they learn that the planet is in a 500-year long war with its neighbouring planet. Thing is, to not destroy each other's culture, the two planets fight their war on computers ... only the losses are real as each hit on the computer forces a certain part of the population to have themselves killed in the annihilation chambers - and since the Enterprise, orbiting around the planet, was hit by a (theoretical) missile as well, Anan 7 (David Opatoshu) - the planet's president or something - demands that the crew have themselves annihilated as well, just that the war of the computers doesn't get out of hands and might even becoem a real war ... a messy business.

Naturally, Kirk opposes to having his crew eliminated and soon enough starts annihilating the annihilation chambers and stuff, but it isn't until he threatens to blow up the planet - and for real, too - that Anan 7 reconsiders his point of view, and finally - after 500 years - picks up peace negotiations with the enemy ... and before long, the whole thing comes to a happy end ...

 

The war of the computers idea of this episode is not all bad, but on the whole, the episode seems to be over-simplified and its main concept too dumbed down to actually work. What remains are some trippy costumes and sets that are quite likeable in a trashy way, but not much more.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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