Star Trek: A Taste of Armageddon   Rewatch 
December 27, 2014 8:46 AM - Season 1, Episode 24 - Subscribe

The crew of the USS Enterprise visits a planet whose people fight a computer-simulated war against a neighboring planet. Although the war is fought via computer simulation, the citizens of each planet have to submit to real executions inside "disintegration booths" to meet the casualty counts of the simulated attacks. The crew of the Enterprise is caught in the middle and are told to submit themselves voluntarily for execution after being "killed" in an "enemy attack".

"A Taste of Armageddon" was first broadcast on February 23, 1967 and repeated July 20, 1967. It is episode #23, production #23, and is written by Robert Hamner and Gene L. Coon, and directed by Joseph Pevney.

This episode includes the first use of the name "United Federation of Planets". "The Federation" had previously been mentioned in "Arena", but the organization's full name was first revealed in this episode. Ambassador Fox refers to "Federation Central" when angrily warning Scott he will be reported for not dropping the screens.

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The episode can be viewed on Netflix and Hulu.
posted by Benway (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A Taste for Armageddon has my favorite over the top Kirk speech: Peace or Utter Destruction.

"We're human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands. But we can stop it. We can admit that we're killers, but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes. Knowing that we're not going to kill - today!"

That is SO 1960s.
posted by happyroach at 3:45 PM on December 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

"What do we say to Death? Not today."
posted by Mogur at 8:18 AM on December 29, 2014

Free Death Tomorrow.
posted by localroger at 6:49 PM on December 29, 2014

So the Prime Directive doesn't apply to a civilization if an Ambassador orders you to ignore a Code 710, thus allowing you to implement General Order 24? OK, got it. I thought the Ambassador wouldn't be able to beam down because you couldn't use a transporter if the shields were up, but apparently you can't use full phasers if the shields are up. Also, sometimes Spock can use telepathic powers to make guards open doors, but most of the time that would just be too easy.

The woman representative sent to meet the landing party was mainly there to become a war casualty and argue about it with Kirk. There was no scripted requirement for her to wear that midriff-baring dress (popular Galaxy-wide) or be accompanied by the theme music for "sexy woman in diaphanous dress". In other wardrobe news, this truly was a "planet of the unfortunate hats". Also, the wardrobe people really loved harlequin outfits with different-colored pant legs.

The real mystery was that Ambassador's assistant who just suddenly appeared and then vanished.
posted by acrasis at 1:42 PM on November 27, 2020

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