Star Trek: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield   Rewatch 
November 28, 2015 9:12 AM - Season 3, Episode 15 - Subscribe

The Enterprise intercepts a stolen shuttlecraft carrying a duo-chromatic humanoid fleeing his home planet. After taking refuge aboard the Enterprise, the crew encounters a similar humanoid and finds themselves in the middle of an age old conflict.

"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" was first broadcast January 10, 1969, on NBC and repeated August 12, 1969. It was written by Oliver Crawford, based on a story by Gene L. Coon (writing under his pen name "Lee Cronin") and directed by Jud Taylor. The script evolved from an outline by Barry Trivers for a possible first season episode called "A Portrait in Black and White". The script was accepted for the third season following budget cuts. The episode guest-stars Lou Antonio and Frank Gorshin, best known for his role as The Riddler in the Batman live-action television series.

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The episode can be viewed on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
posted by Benway (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I feel like the writers of this episode were trying to get some sort of point across, but I just can't put my finger on what they were trying to say.

(Actually, I loved this episode as a kid)
posted by AndrewStephens at 4:52 PM on November 28, 2015 [2 favorites]

I also have a real soft spot for this episode. I always felt Frank Gorshin transcended the makeup and put his body in weird positions that made him seem truly alien.
posted by wittgenstein at 7:20 PM on November 28, 2015 [2 favorites]

APE -- Ssssssssssssss . . .

posted by Herodios at 5:10 PM on November 29, 2015

The directing here is weird -- multiple times they zoom in and out of the red alert panel to convey urgency. And a chase sequence narrated by .. Spock? And apparently the remastered version added scenes yet they still scooby doo vamped for time.

The crew's confusion by Bele's ship makes me wonder: what normally lights these ships, and would black paint be enough to render them "invisible?"
posted by pwnguin at 11:16 PM on January 23

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