‘ERRAND OF MERCY’ (TOS)
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The Klingons make their first appearance in this ‘Star Trek’ episode from ‘The Original Series’. They would become popular ‘Star Trek’ villains, although they do look more human compared to later on.
In the episode, Captain Kirk and Spock visit the peaceful people of Organia to warn them of the incoming threat of war by the Klingons. But these Organians are insistent that they’re not in danger.
It was interesting how the Klingons get introduced in this ‘Star Trek’ episode. They’re a war-like race and have their code of honour about them, although they seem so Nazi-like in these early episodes.
This episode features the first appearance of John Colicos as Commander Kor in ‘Star Trek’. Kor would later return to ‘Star Trek’ in episodes of the ‘Deep Space Nine’ series and with heavy make-up.
I like the confrontational relationship between Kirk and Kor in this episode. It’s clear that Kirk dislikes the Klingons, as he seems to have found them before and considers them as so ruthless and brutal.
Kor is an interesting Klingon character. He seems to relish having Kirk as his component and he seems to be quite calm, compared to other Klingons who can pretty brutal and aggressive in battle.
It gets tense when Kor assumes command of Organia and calls himself the military governor of the planet. The Organians seem to take things casually and they’re not bothered by some of the ‘killings’.
The Organians include John Abbot as Ayelborne, who is head of the Organian council. The Organians are pretty benevolent and they smile a lot. They don’t seem bothered by the threat of the Klingons.
Kirk gets increasingly frustrated when he offers them protection and they refuse it. He can’t understand why the Organians won’t protect themselves against the Klingons and becomes angrier.
I wondered why the Organians were unbothered by the threat of Klingons on their planet. However, they do show concern of the conflict between humans and Klingons as they’re opposed to violence.
The Organians seem Biblical in their ways, especially when Kirk and Spock visit them. This becomes clear when the Organians reveal their true forms at the episode’s end, which was quite astonishing.
The battle scenes between the Enterprise and the Klingon ship were impressive in the remastered version of this episode. The CGI effects in these remastered episodes fare better than the originals.
Kirk admits that he’s a soldier and not a diplomat. Thus Kirk and Spock commit some violent acts in order to persuade the Organians to fight back against the Klingons. But this only makes things worse.
There’s a moment when Kirk and Spock try to fight the Klingons on Organia and they can’t, when their hands become hot. This is the same for the Enterprise crew as they fight the Klingons in space.
It turns out the Organians have intervened with using their powers in this affair. They announce to Captain Kirk and Kor they are going to end this war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.
‘Errand of Mercy’ is a good, enjoyable episode to introduce the Klingons in ‘Star Trek’. The Klingons would become popular in ‘Star Trek’, returning in episodes of ‘The Original Series’ and the spin-offs.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 7 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘Errand of Mercy’ (TOS) rating – 7/10
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