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Star Trek - The Omega Glory

episode 2.23
Raumschiff Enterprise - Das Jahr des roten Vogels

USA 1968
produced by
John Meredyth Lucas, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Vincent McEveety
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Morgan Woodward, Roy Jenson, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Irene Kelly, Morgan Farley, David L. Ross, Lloyd Kino, Ed McCready, Frank Atienza
written and created by Gene Roddenberry

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

review by
Mike Haberfelner

The USS Enterprise runs across the USS Exeter, and when Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and a redshirt (David L. Ross) beam over, they find the whole crew turned into crystals, and they learn from the log that they can't go back to the Enterprise as they've caught whatever killed the crew, and it's highly contagious - but there might be a cure down on the planet.

Down on the planet, our heroes soon run into a conflict between two native tribes, the more civilised, Asian looking Khoms and the savage Caucasian looking Yangs. And they find the Khoms are led by the Exeter's captain Tracey (Morgan Woodward), who has come to power thanks to his superior weapon, a fazer, with which he killed many of the Yangs. Kirk of course immediately wants to arrest him for breaking the Prime Directive of non-interference, but instead, Kirk's redshirt is killed and Kirk and the others are made prisoner, with McCoy ordered to find the secret of longevity on the planet which Tracey assumes to be a fountain of youth, and Kirk left to fight the incarcerated Yang leader Cloud (Roy Jenson). Ultimately though, Kirk somehow manages to communicate with Cloud and even helps him escape - and he comes to the conclusion that this planet is living a different version of Earth history, with the Yangs being the Yankees, the Khoms the communists, and apparently a nuclear war between the two has thrown them back to the primitive state they're in now. The Yangs soon attack and take the key Khom city while Kirk and Tracey battle it out before being made Yang prisoners - and there, Kirk is confirmed in his assumption, as the Yangs actually carry the star-spangled banner, and quote from the US constitution. To prove he's on the Yangs' side Kirk still has to go mano-a-mano with Tracey though ...


Along with Where No Man Has Gone Before and Mudd's Women, the script for this episode was considered for the (second) pilot of the original Star Trek - the honours went to Where No Man Has Gone Before of course, but Gene Roddenberry didn't let to go this script go to waste nevertheless, which if nothing else perfectly mirrors the mood of its time, exaggerated patriotism included. And yes, much of this script doesn't make sense, like how did the planet come into possession of the American flag and constitution (verbatim) - similar can also be said about the episode Patterns of Force and others of course -, and no effort is made even to explain this away.

In all, The Omega Glory is one of the weaker episodes though, maybe because it tries too hard to stay timely and relevant and forgets the adventure aspect over it, besides from a few genre mainstays. And William Shatner's overacting when explaining the constitution to the Yangs is a bit too much even by his standards. At the same time, the episode's somewhat entertaining because of its heavy-handedness of its now dated message, so worth a look from that perspective, but it's definitely less than brilliant.


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