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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Jun 2017 7:12 p.m. PST

Just watched this classic 2nd season episode again. It's corny, it's another silly parallel world, the science seems suspect to me… but gosh, it's fun!

Morgan Woodward is just terrific to watch as Captain Tracey, the marooned Star Fleet captain. We already knew he could do crazy/deranged characters well (he also played Dr. van Gelder in the Dagger in the Mind episode), but he adds to that here with carrying off the gravitas and authority of a Star Fleet captain, and he looks good in the fight scenes (very tall, he towers over Kirk!). He's in his early 90s now. WWII and Korean War veteran.

Roy Jensen has the role of Cloud William, the 'savage' Yang leader. He played professional football, which explains why he looks abut twice as wide as Kirk (again, Kirk looks completely outclassed in the fight scenes!). Does a good job in the role. Passed away 10 years ago at age 80. WWII veteran.

Irene Kelly has a minor role as Cloud William's girl Sirah. She looks great in her post-apocalypse skimpy outfit, gets to scream a few times (she's good at it!), then even has a key role in the ending. I'm not sure what was going on with her makeup, her face/skin looks odd in the close-ups. This was her first credited role: link

This episode mentions several off-screen battles between the Kohms and the Yangs, with Captain Tracey helping the Kohms with phaser fire. Would you wargame it? On one hand, it's the imaginary death of hundreds of Yangs. (But no blood!) On the other hand, how is it different from Rorke's Drift, except the natives (eventually) win?

This is a Roddenberry script, which might explain why there are so many plot holes. The Enterprise can't detect a plague before beaming down, a disease similar to one from Earth's past? Captain Tracey just happened to choose as his landing site the sole remaining Kohm settlement in Yang territory? The Yangs have become apparently illiterate, yet they speak recognizable English? McCoy eventually declares they can beam up at any time won't they expose the crew to the same disease? Presumably, the Kohm settlement is massacred, which kind of ruins the 'happy ending'. Oh well, fun episode.

It kinda gets you in the heart when you see Old Glory… (maybe not the same for non-Americans!).

Forager19 Jun 2017 10:29 p.m. PST

Yeah, that one is one of my personal favorites. I enjoy the twist of having the Americans cast in the role of being the "bad guy" Yang (yankee) savages while the Chinese Kohms (communists) are the "good guys". Especially, considering what was going on in Vietnam at the time. Interesting story and fun too. Kirk's over the top reading of the Preamble to the Constitution is definitely Kirk at his best! That and I don't worry too much about the inconsistencies. ;-)

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2017 2:53 a.m. PST

One of my favorites also.

skinkmasterreturns20 Jun 2017 3:01 a.m. PST

Morgan Woodward-"The man with no eyes."

JSchutt20 Jun 2017 3:34 a.m. PST

….bring it on Captain Kirk

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian20 Jun 2017 5:43 a.m. PST

At our house, it is not unusual for some to say "You speak the Holy word" when someone else says "Freedom". Also, important books are often referred to as the "E Plebnista", as in "Go get the e Plebnista so we can see how this is done."

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2017 6:35 a.m. PST

I use "E Plebnista," too. I thought I was the only one. grin

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2017 11:28 a.m. PST

I always felt it was rather corny, but worth watching for the cheesy look Kirk gives the Stars and Stripes at the end!

John Leahy20 Jun 2017 3:50 p.m. PST

I enjoyed that episode. I like Private little war more. There are a lot of solid episodes for seasons 1 and 2. Less so in 3. I still watch em. The BBC had been showing the new HD episodes back to back on the weekend. Watched Omega Glory then amongst many others.


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