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Star Trek 1.23 (A Taste of Armageddon)

First Aired: February 23, 1967

Cast:
David Opatoshu (Anan 7)
Gene Lyons (Ambassador Robert Fox)
Miko Mayama (Yeoman Tamura)
Sean Kenney (Lt. DePaul)
Robert Sampson (Sar 6)
Writers: Gene L. Coon & Robert Hamner

This episode starts with something that I have in my head as a bit of a Star Trek cliche – the overbearing official that demands that whatever he says goes, something that is backed by law, usually despite the fact that he is leaving someone to die or putting the ship in grave danger. In fact, I am sure there has been another but I wasn’t thinking about it at the time. This is the second story strand, and it is utterly annoying.

The first strand is that a war is being fought, but there is now a kind of gentlemans agreement not to send actual missiles, just that when the computer calculates that there would have been a hit, the number of people that would have died have to step into disintegration booths and die for real. The opening scene where the city is under “attack” is quite good, especially with Kirk trying to work out what the hell is going on and why there are no explosions.

Then of course the Enterprise is “destroyed” and the crew have 24 hours to report to the planet to be disintegrated. They, naturally, don’t.
The only bad thing is that you know by the end that Kirk will have saved the day and the suicide ritual will be a thing of the past. So the end of the episode is a little predictable.
It’s okay, but it isn’t great.
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 25
Score: 6/10
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September 2, 2007 - Posted by | super computers |

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