A Private Little War (Episode)

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A Private Little War
"A Private Little War" (TOS45)

"A Private Little War" (TOS45)
Series Star Trek
Season 2
Episode 19
Production Number 45

Previous Journey to Babel (TOS44)
Next The Gamesters of Triskelion (TOS46)
Released 2 Feb 1968
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 4211.4: The Klingons provide arms to a peaceful planet and disrupt the balance of power.

The Enterprise journeys to a peaceful planet, which Kirk had visited 13 years earlier. The Klingons are attempting to take over the planet by arming one segment of the population, the Hill People, while remaining in the background. Spock, wounded in an ambush, returns to the Enterprise while Kirk and McCoy search for Tyree, the tribal leader Kirk had befriended on his prior visit. Kirk, bitten by a deadly mugato, is cured by Tyree's wife, Nona. While Kirk tries to persuade Tyree to fight with the weapons that the Federation will provide for his people, Nona indulges in intrigues of her own. She steals Kirk's phaser, but the Hill People kill her before she can demonstrate its power, and her death turns Tyree into a fighting man. Kirk and McCoy leave the planet, saddened that they could do nothing to end the hostilities, having instead compounded the conflict by providing a balance of power.

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Created by
Gene Roddenberry

William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy

Teleplay by
Gene Roddenberry

Story by
Jud Crucis

Directed by
Marc Daniels

Produced by
Gene L. Coon

Executive Producer
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producer
Robert H. Justman

Guest Star
Nancy Kovack as Nona
Michael Witney as Tyree

James DoohanScott
Nichelle NicholsUhura
Ned RomeroKrell
Majel BarrettNurse Chapel

Walter KoenigChekov
Booker BradshawDr. M'Benga
Arthur BernardApella
Janos ProhaskaThe Gumato
Paul BaxleyPatrol Leader
Gary PillarYutan

Script Consultant
D.C. Fontana

Assistant to the Producer
Edward K. Milkis

Theme Music by
Alexander Courage

Additional Music by
Gerald Fried

Director of Photography
Jerry Finnerman

Art Director
Walter M. Jefferies

Film EditorDonald R. Rode
Unit Production ManagerGregg Peters
Assistant DirectorPhil Rawlins
Set DecoratorJohn M. Dwyer
Costumes Created byWilliam Ware Theiss
Photographic Effects … Vanderveer Photo Effects
Sound Effects EditorDouglas H. Grindstaff
Music EditorJim Henrikson
Re-Recording MixerElden E. Ruberg, C.A.S.
Production MixerCarl W. Daniels
Script SupervisorGeorge A. Rutter
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Sound … Glen Glenn Sound Co.
Makeup ArtistFred B. Phillips, S.M.A.
Hair StylesPat Westmore
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
Head GripGeorge Rader
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Special EffectsJim Rugg
Key CostumerKen Harvey

A Desilu Production
In Association With
Norway Corporation

Executive in Charge of Production
Herbert F. Solow