A Taste of Armageddon

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  • 7.5

    Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock are captured during a diplomatic mission and declared dead.

    By Celedorian, Nov 19, 2010

    Made during the Vietnam War, this episode is Star Trek's statement that trying to keep war "nondisruptive" and "neat and clean" is not a good thing. The A story is the classic "Kirk and Spock on the planet of the week, working their way through the obstacles put in their path". And the B story is about Scotty, in charge of the Enterprise, dealing with the leader of the planet below and an Ambassador who disagrees with his decisions. Both stories are effective, and overall it's a good, though sometimes plodding and predictable, episode. Kirk's speech at the end is especially interesting.moreless

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  • 7.2

    Kirk beams down to a planet and rudely breaks up a friendly game of “Risk”

    By hrtonslv, Nov 19, 2010

    The ending message of this episode is really profound. And stated even more profoundly than the message itself. Spock had some great lines in this episode about practicing a peculiar variety of diplomacy and the one about the "multi legged creature" on the Armenian's shoulder. And how about the suggestion to have that yeoman sit on Mea if she attempted to escape? Quite funny. This script was written well except for the fact that Fox was able to beam down with his assistant while the shields were still up!moreless

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  • 7.5

    Keep war clean … or keep it real?

    By peck2000, Nov 19, 2010

    OK, not one of the most memorable episodes of the series. Kirk and Enterprise folks arrive at Eminiar VII on a diplomatic mission to establish a treaty with the locals. Ambassador Robert Fox is insistent that his mission succeeds, even after being warned that the planet has been at ar for 500 years with its neighbour. Fox’s view is that diplomacy can conquer all. However, the aliens fight their war not in reality, but with computer simulations, callously herding the “casualties” into disintegration chambers to keep up the body count. When the Enterprise is declared “collateral damage”, the head of Eminiar VII’s ruling council Anan 7 demands that the entire crew beam down and report for disintegration. Understandably, Kirk isn’t wild about that idea and destroys the Eminiarian’s computers, violating their agreement with their enemies. So Anan 7 is forced to sue for peace or fight a war for real. No contest!

    Criticisms: I thought it odd that the Ambassador wouldn’t have kicked up more of a fuss over Kirk’s decidedly un-diplomatic solution to the problem. Also, it’s in direct violation of the Prime Directive.

    Praise: A very clever idea that at least does address another aspect of the human condition. We approve of war when it’s kept “clean” and away from our sight. A clear allusion to the war in Viet Nam which was raging at the time, albeit, half a world away.moreless

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  • 7.5

    Kirk, Spock and a landing party visit a planet where it emerges that a 'peaceful', mathematical war is being fought, that endangers the Enterprise. Not terrible, but a rather average instalment...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Nov 13, 2008

    This episode is far from bottom-of-the-barrel, but does rather have 'average' written all over it. It presents a number of elements that are seen in various other episodes, and often done better and more memorably than here.

    By far the most interesting element of the episode to me is the 'mathematical' war that is being raged; where the casualties are worked out by a computer, and then the people in question are disposed with in disintegration chambers. I found this a very intriguing idea, although I did feel that it was never quite explained to its potential.

    There are also parallels with the 'faceless casualties' of war, and probably had some nods to the Vietnam War, which was being fought at the time this episode was made.

    The episode also features what I consider to be one of the funniest Original 'Star Trek' moments, as Mr. Spock distracts a guard by calmly and straight facedly (what else) saying "Sir, there's a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder", before giving him the Vulcan neck pinch.

    This is also a good episode for Mr. Scott, as he holds his own as he commands the bridge as the Enterprise is endangered, and stands up to the Ambassador who is ordering him to lower the shields.

    All-in-all, not bad, but a distinctively average episode.moreless

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