Series: Star Trek (The Original Series)
Episode: 2.24 The Omega Glory (03-01-68)
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.
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.
- 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)
- The first 20 minutes.
- So apparently the biggest vow of a Captain is the Prime Directive, but they throw it out the window enough times.
- Everything after the first 20 minutes.