Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 7

Day of the Dove

8
Aired Unknown Nov 01, 1968 on NBC
8.2
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When the Enterprise brings aboard Klingon prisoners, an alien entity pits both sides against each other in an ever-escalating struggle.

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  • First rate season 3 episode

    9.0


    This is one of the best conceived and executed Star Trek plots by Jerome Bixby, the only science fiction writer to remain with the series from season 2 to season 3 of TOS. 38 Federation vs 38 Kilngon crew are driven to fight each other under the control of an alien being. The viewer sees many bizarre scenes: Chekov believes that the Klingons killed his older brother Piotr and wants to avenge Piotr's death. But, in reality, Chekov was an only child, as Sulu tells Kirk. Scotty and McCoy are both filled with feelings of hate and racism towards the Klingons and Scotty criticisesSpock's Vulcan heritage. The real Scotty and McCoy would be trying to reason with Kang and reach a truce with their unwanted Klingon guests. Bixby cleverly shows how the alien entity was influencing and controlling people's thoughts and emotions early in the episode.





    This is one of the top 6 episodes of season 3 and I rate it highly for its excellent execution and believability. Both Kirk and Spock recognise the true enemy is the alien which feeds on feelings of mutual hate and conflict, rather than the Klingons who have seized control of parts of his ship. The part about intraship beaming was a novel method for Kirk to quickly reach Kang and arrange a mutual truce to weaken and expel the entity before the Enterprise's dilitium crystals are fully depleted. Michael Ansara is superbly cast in his role as the Klingon commander Kang who has no reservations about torturing Chekov or turning off the life systems in those sections of the Enterprise which the Federation crew still control. Bixby also assigns a meaningfulrole to Mara, Kang's wife, a scientist in her own right, and one of the only Klingon women ever depicted in TOS. Shefinally convinces Kang to reach a truce with Kirk and expel the alien. Bixby's script is excellent; its just a pity most season 3 TOS episodes weren't this well written or made.







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  • An alien entity feeds off the hatred between the Enterprise crew and a group of Klingons.

    6.0
    This is a bottle show, taking place mostly on the Enterprise, to save money. Originally it was supposed to bring back John Colicos as Captain Kor (the Klingon leader in "Errand of Mercy") but he was unavailable, so Michael Ansara was brought in to play the new part of Kang, another Klingon captain. Ansara is incredible, and the episode begins very well before it gets predictable and begins to go in circles. The problem is that the focus of the episode shifts from Kang and Kirk to the unknown alien entity – who doesn't really have any character - and you can tell the writers just sort of run out story.moreless
  • The Enterprise and a Klingon ship come to the brink of all-out battle as they accuse each other of wrongdoing, neither realising that a powerful alien force is playing both sides off against each other. One of the third season's much better instalments...moreless

    9.0
    This is more like it. In a season that is widely regarded as being the weakest of the original three, carrying a number of weak episodes, it is with welcome that this much stronger story comes along.

    It is much sharper and more focused than many third season offerings, to the extent that it could easily have come from the far superior first or second seasons.



    Mara is the first Klingon woman that we have seen in the franchise. As with male Klingons in the Original Series (in face, even more so), she is rather different from the Klingons of the big-screen movies, and incorporated into 'The Next Generation' onwards.



    I like how the story unfolds, and a nice touch is that when we first see the alien entity moving around the ship, it appears almost casually, with no big music cue or anything to emphasise it.



    This episode would be knocked out of my Top 10 favourites, but it certainly stands as one of the third season's strong stories. It's just a shame that more of the season wasn't of this quality.moreless
  • Kirk slaps Chekov for having a Russian sword as his side arm instead of the federation kind of sword

    7.2
    Sorry to bring the average of this episode down a bit, but I just thought it took too long for Kang to realize what was going on. They did use a lot of my favorite type music in this episode though. When Chekov is slinking through the corridors is what I'm talking about. I thought Star Trek had some really fantastic music themes. I read of some complaint or "mistake" in the "trivia" section of this show where the entity leaves the wrong part of the ship in the exterior shot. I actually thought that was the neatest part even though it apparently exited from the wrong ship level that evidently was not engineering.moreless
Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

Mr. Spock

William Shatner

William Shatner

Captain James Tiberius Kirk

DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley

Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

Michael Ansara

Michael Ansara

Kang

Guest Star

Susan Howard

Susan Howard

Mara

Guest Star

Mark Tobin

Mark Tobin

Klingon

Guest Star

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig

Ensign Pavel Chekov

Recurring Role

George Takei

George Takei

Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Recurring Role

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Lt. Nyota Uhura

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Toward the end, when Kirk orders Uhura to put him on shipwide intercom, the first two time she speaks it sounds like she's speaking through the intercom unit. But the third time when she says "Ready, Captain," her voice sounds like she's actually in the scene with the others than on the bridge speaking via the com.

    • Spock says pinpoint accuracy is required for intraship beaming. But neither he nor Scotty go to actually manage the transporter, doing it by remote. Do they have somewhere else to be at the moment? Otherwise it's odd that either or both men don't man the transporter, which is always the case in other dangerous situations requiring pinpoint accuracy.

    • Mara the Science Officer says that they are 40 against 400. However, later Spock says there are 38 Klingons.

    • Conveniently, the alien entity only traps the "extra" Enterprise crew, but kills off the excess Klingons by sabotaging their ship and forcing the Enterprise to destroy it. Since it wants as much hatred as possible, why did it only keep 38 Klingons alive rather than let more Klingons live? Maybe not the full complement, but why limit itself to 38?

    • Spock says there's a "considerable discrepancy" between the actual number of their crew and Klingons, and the number of life forms he detects. However, later he says there's a discrepancy of one. One isn't "considerable."

    • Trivia: This is the first and only time it is shown that the transporters can handle more than six people at one time.

    • At the end when the group is laughing at the entity, Leonard Nimoy (Spock) is struggling to stifle laughing along with them.

    • When Mara tries to convince Kang to listen to Kirk, there is a close-up shot with her and there's a intercom panel over her left shoulder. But in every previous and subsequent wide shot she's standing in front of that big wire-mesh grid that takes up one wall of Engineering.

    • No one notices the Klingons are beaming down a party (despite the fact we've seen in other episodes the sensors can sense transporter activity) or if they did, nobody bothers to warn Kirk.

    • As Scotty escapes from Engineering, one Enterprise security guard hits a Klingon in the elbow with his sword, and the guy collapses.

    • Spock said that Kirk had 8 seconds to get to the transporter but he took 10 seconds because he decided not to take his sword.

    • At the end when the entity left the Enterprise, it came out of the secondary hull. However it left from the engineering dept. The Engineering dept. is located in the back of the primary hull.

    • Lt. Johnson had no gold braid.

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (6)

    • Majel Barrett's computer voice is pitched upward almost an octave and given more reverb, making it almost unrecognizable.

    • Joseph Campanella was considered for the role of Kang. He would finally appear in a Star Trek episode nearly thirty-three years later in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Author, Author".

    • The episode was written with Kor as the lead Klingon, however Jon Colicos was working on another project and was unable to reprise the role (much to his regret, reportedly) and the character of Kang was created instead.

    • The role that eventually became Kang was originally slated for the character Koloth, first seen in "Trouble with Tribbles".

    • Michael Ansara reprised his role of Kang in the DS9 episode "Blood Oath" and the Voyager episode "Flashback".

    • This is the first time a female Klingon is seen, and the only time in TOS.

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