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- Scotty & McCoy take command of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
- The landing party on Eminiar VII is met by Mea 3.
The U.S.S. Enterprise is ordered to pick up Ambassador
Robert Fox, who is headed to planet Eminiar VII on a diplomatic
mission. Upon arriving at the planet, the ship is warned away.
Beaming to the surface with a landing party, Kirk and Spock are
met by a young woman, Mea 3, who tells them that Eminiar VII has
been at war with its neighboring planet, Vendikar, for over 500
years. Mea 3 takes them to the council chambers where they find
banks of computers. Eminiar's head council Anan 7 informs them
that the two planets have learned to avoid the complete
devastation of war because computers are used. When a
"hit" is scored by one of the planets, the people
declared "dead" willingly walk into antimatter chambers
and are vaporized. Anan 7 further tells Kirk that his ship and all
the crew aboard her have been declared casualties and will be
executed. When Kirk flatly refuses, the landing party members are
The council members are unable to convince Scotty, in charge of
the U.S.S. Enterprise, to lower shields without a direct
order from Captain Kirk. Meanwhile, Ambassador Fox has beamed to
Eminiar and is also taken prisoner, marked for death. Kirk and
Spock escape and gain the council chambers where they destroy the
computers. Kirk tells the council members that they have made this
war too easy for themselves and that they will truly experience
the horrors of war if they do not learn to make peace first.
Ambassador Fox volunteers to stay behind and negotiate a peace
between the neighboring planets.
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Shatner as James
Nimoy as Spock™
Kelley as Leonard
Doohan as Montgomery
Nichols as Uhura™
Takei as Hikaru
Gene Lyons as Ambassador Robert Fox
David Opatoshu as Anan 7
Robert Sampson as Sar 6
Barbara Babcock as Mea 3
Miko Mayama as Yeoman Tamura
Director: Joseph Pevney
Story By: Robert Hamner
Teleplay By: Robert Hamner and Gene L. Coon