The Rewatch 48: The Omega Glory

Series: Star Trek (The Original Series)
Episode: 2.24 The Omega Glory (03-01-68)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status:  0/21/44

Notable Guest Stars:
Morgan Woodword – Captain Ronald Tracy.  He appeared earlier in the series as Dr. Van Gelder in Dagger of the Mind.
Morgan  Farley
–  Yang Scholar He is a return from The Archons episode.  He also was a WWII veteran.
Ed McGready – Dr. Carter (hey look, he’s not named Morgan!)  Known for his work on various TV programs.

Review:

 Ok, so this episode at first was very interesting.  The idea of a plague that only effected new comers was interesting.  Finding a cure would have be interesting.

But instead we get an allegory of the Cold War between the US (with a literal flag) and China (well, ‘Asianatics’ is that even a word?).  Which I could get.  Many science fiction programs have references to the time in which they were made.  But this is not very subtle at all.

There is a literal US Flag involved.  And the Pledge of Allegiance (coming out like latin though) and what looks like a bible.  OH AND THE SAME CONSTITUTION. 

So this episode was good till the last 20 minutes where in it becomes a uberpatriotic mess. I have to remind myself this was the age of the Cold war, but again I feel it was a bit of lazy writing to just have the same flag, same constitution, even a bible looking book with images of demons that look like Spock.

Also the racism is high in this episode.

Interesting Notes:

  • Directed by Vincent McEveety
  • Written by Gene Roddenberry
  • The outline for this story was a runner up for the second pilot (Where No Man Has Gone Before was chosen)

Pros:

  •  The first 20 minutes.

Cons:

  •  So apparently the biggest vow of a Captain is the Prime Directive, but they throw it out the window enough times.
  •   Racism.
  • Everything after the first 20 minutes.

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