‘A TASTE OF ARMAGEDDON’ (TOS)
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‘A Taste of Armageddon’ is a very good episode with an interesting concept behind it. It features a war between two planets that use computers to fight each other and they’ve been fighting for too long.
Captain Kirk and his crew are shocked by this strange war, as people willing kill themselves in death chambers. The Enterprise is soon caught in the crossfire of this war and the crew is subject to death.
The Enterprise is sent to make peace negotiations with the planet Eminiar VII. It goes awry when Kirk and his away team become prisoners on the planet. They have to find a way to end this horrible war.
The people of Eminiar VII are interesting, especially the guards who look like they’re wearing ‘Thunderbirds’ outfits. It’s so disturbing that everyone on this planet is willing to die during this war.
It’s because of a treaty signed between Eminiar VII and its enemy planet. Both sides don’t want to use real weapons to kill each other, so they use the computers in order to record these massacres.
The Enterprise is warned not to come to Eminiar VII when they’re fighting this simulated war with their enemy. But Kirk and the others visit anyway and it gradually sinks to them about the war’s nature.
David Opatoshu guest stars as Anan 7, the leader of the war council on Eminiar VII. Anan 7 seems apologetic when he informs Kirk that the Enterprise got caught in the crossfire of this strange war.
Anan 7 is determined to bring all the crew of the Enterprise down onto the planet and to see the ship destroyed. I enjoyed those confrontation scenes he had with Captain Kirk during the episode.
Gene Lyons guest stars as Ambassador Robert Fox, who looks a little like Peter Barkworth to me. Fox comes for the ride aboard the Enterprise to see that their peace mission with Eminiar VII is a success.
Ambassador Fox was quite annoying and unreasonable to begin with, when he insists that they make negotiations with Eminiar VII. He doesn’t realise the threat until much later on in the episode.
Barbara Babcock guest stars as Mea 3, the one who welcomes Kirk and his away team to Eminiar VII. Soon Mea 3 is sentenced for execution in the war, before Kirk stops her entering the death chamber.
I liked it when Scotty gets to take command aboard the Enterprise during Kirk’s absence on Eminiar VII. Scotty quickly suspects something is wrong when he receives the fake call from Kirk by Anan 7.
I enjoyed it when Scotty gets to defy Ambassador Fox’s orders to lower the protective screens aboard the Enterprise. Scotty knows that something is wrong and willing risks his career on the line.
Eventually, Kirk and Spock manage to destroy the computers used to fight the war games between Eminiar VII and Vendikar. Anan 7 is outraged, as it means that real weapons will be have to be used.
But Kirk persuades Anan 7 to listen to him by taking an alternative to end this petty war between their planet and Vendikar. Ambassador Fox offers to help in the negotiations to end this war forever.
‘A Taste of Armageddon’ is a great, gripping ‘Star Trek’ episode to watch on DVD. I enjoyed it very much and found the concept of this endless war between two planets using computers interesting.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 6 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘A Taste of Armageddon’ (TOS) rating – 9/10
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