A Taste of Armageddon (Episode)

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Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 23
Star Trek
"A Taste of Armageddon"
Stardate 3192.1
Series Star Trek
Episode Number 23
Release Date 23 February 1967
Writer Robert Hamner and Gene L. Coon
Story Robert Hamner
Director Joseph Pevney

The Enterprise is diverted by two planets fighting a computerized war.

The Enterprise journeys to planet Eminiar VII to establish diplomatic contact. Although the Eminiars warn Captain Kirk against visiting, at the insistence of Federation Ambassador Robert Fox, a landing party beams down. They discover Eminiar has been at war for centuries with its neighbor world, Vendikar. Suddenly, Kirk is informed that the Enterprise has been declared a "casualty," and all aboard her are considered dead. Through Eminiar's council head, Anan 7, and a young woman named Mea 3, Kirk learns that the "war" is fought with computers: "casualties" on both planets willingly enter antimatter chambers and die to prevent all-out destruction. After the landing party is imprisoned, Ambassador Fox beams down and learns of the situation—whereupon Kirk and Spock escape and destroy Eminiar's computers. Now, Kirk tells the Eminiars, they will have to fight their war for real. To escape the horrors of material destruction, the two worlds, with the aid of Ambassador Fox, begin to negotiate for peace.

 

Related Data

Astrometrics: Argona II; Earth; Eminiar VII; NGC 321; Vendikar
Cast & Crew: Babcock, Barbara; Coon, Gene; Doohan, James; Hamner, Robert; Kelley, DeForest; Kenney, Sean; Lyons, Gene; Mayama, Miko; Nichols, Nichelle; Nimoy, Leonard; Opatoshu, David; Pevney, Joseph; Ross, David; Sampson, Robert; Shatner, William; Takei, George
Chronology: Stardate 3192.5-3193.0; 2266
Culture:
Education: doctor
Food: haggis; trova
People: Anan 7; DePaul; Fox, Robert; Galloway; Kirk, James T.; McCoy, Leonard; Mea 3; Osborne; Sar 6; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Sulu, Hikaru; Tamura; Uhura, Nyota
Politics: ambassador; Eminian Union; Eminiar Division of Control; Eminiar High Council; Starfleet; Starfleet Ranks; United Federation of Planets; Vendikar High Council; Yeoman
Science & Technology: antimatter; communicator; computers; deflector; disintegration chamber; disruptor; impulse drive; monkey wrench; penal colony; phaser; photon torpedo; shield; transporter; tricobalt; tricorder; warp drive; warp nacelle
Ships & Vehicles: Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701; U.S.S. Valiant
Xenology: Eminians; Humans; Vendikans; Vulcans
Miscellaneous: code 7-10; General Order 24; Yellow Alert
Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 23