The Rewatch 20: A Taste of Armageddon

Series: Star Trek (The Original Series)
Episode: 1.23 A Taste of Armageddon (2-23-67)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/22

Notable Guest Stars:
David Opatoshu – Anan 7. Known for his role in the film Exedus and the television series Gabriel’s Fire
Gene Lyons-
Ambassador Fox. Known for being on the television show Ironsides
Barbara Babcock=
Mea 3.  I knew her primarily from Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
Miko Mayama –
Yeoman Tamaura

Review:

The Enterprise has picked up Ambassador Fox, who wishes them to to go to Eminair VII so he can begin diplomatic relations between the planet and the Federation.  Kirk is not happy, feeling it is too dangerous to go there for his crew.  Fox invokes a policy that lets him overrule the captain.

Fox makes a lot of stupid decisions in this episode.

The planet is at war with another planet, only for the last five hundred years they do it by computer then usher the casualties to a suicide chamber.  Spock and Kirk of course find this wrong, especially after they are labeled mass casualties.

I can not understand how a people would handle 3 million dead a year dead for 500 years.  First, the population growth would have to be staggering to keep up, and I would think someone would have revolted and caused a civil war long before it ended up 500 years.

Also, the characters all have numbers in their names.  Sounds vaguely clone like.

Interesting Notes:

  • Directed by Joseph Pevney
  • Written by Gene L. Coon & Robert Hamner
  • They have started reusing sets and such, and its interesting when find out what they did. 

Pros:

  • Lovely sets and costumes
  • Yeoman Tamaura seems confident and competent in her job.

Cons:

  • Is the cross-color style a thing with the sixties?
  • Again I ask, why are most female away team members Yeoman?
  • Improbable plot

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