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Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 23, Episodes 45 & 46: A Private Little War/ The Gamesters of Triskelion (1966)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy  |  DVD
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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
  • Run Time: 4050 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ASGI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"A Private Little War," Ep. 45 - Kirk and company beam down to a primitive planet visited by Kirk 13 years ago. But some of the once-peaceful natives now have sophisticated weapons, courtesy of the Klingons. "The Gamesters of Triskelion," Ep. 46 - Kirk, Uhura and Chekov are enslaved on the planet Triskelion. There they are trained in the art of combat so that their unseen masters, the "Providers," can make wagers on the outcome.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Trek at it's best April 14, 2001
By "blb24"
These are two of the best episodes as far a Star trek is concerned. A private Little War is great because it mirrored the Cold War. With the Klingons(Soviets)and the Federation(United States)having to arm a smaller race/nation. Watching this episode gives you a idea of the political situation at that time. The Gamesters of Triskelion on the other hand is pure sci-fi. Alien women in gladiator schools falling for Kirk. Kirk having to save the day and out smart the colored brains. It just doesn't get any better. For those who like Trek to be serious then P.L.W is a episode for you. If you like the lighter more adventurous side then T.G.O.T is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We've Been Here Before. June 7, 2001
Volume 23 of Paramount's complete reissue of the Original Star Trek series contains episodes which tread ground familiar to any Trek fan.
A Private Little War is a slightly improved remake of Friday's Child (Volume 16). In this episode, the overall tone is darker, the parallel to the Vietnam conflict is driven home more clearly, and the ending is more ambiguous--fitting, considering how the real Vietnam War ended. Booker Bradshaw is featured in his first of two appearances as Dr. M'Benga, a specialist in Vulcan medicine.
The Gamesters of Triskellion is one of the weakest episodes of the Original Series. Kirk, Uhura, and Chekov are zapped several light years from their original destination, dressed in kinky S&M obedience collars, and assigned drill thralls--essentially companion slaves (poor Chekov's drill thrall looks like a drag queen from the Jerry Springer show). Kirk once again gets the girl, and lectures the "advanced" race on the errors of their ways. This plotline has been examined--more effectively--in The Cage and Bread & Circuses. The saving grace of this episode is that Chekov and Uhura are at last given more to do that recite "Course plotted" of "Hailing Frequencies Open."
The sound and picture are up to the standards of the other issues of this series, but because of the weak writing, this DVD is recommended only to die-hard Star Trek fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF GREAT STAR TREK EPISODES! October 5, 2002
Two of Star Trek's second season episodes that are quite memorable appear on the Volume 23 of this DVD collection. One tackles a huge issue of the 60's while the other is just a classic Star Trek episode.
A PRIVATE LITTLE WAR obviously attacks the Vietnam War issue that plagued the world at the time (the late 60's). This had been attempted to a lesser extent in the earlier episode FRIDAY'S CHILD. However A PRIVATE LITTLE WAR is far more successful at getting the message across. Kirk and McCoy arrive at a peaceful primitive planet which Kirk had visited years earlier. However upon their arrival they find the planet has been divided and they're using flintlocks. As it turns out the Klingons have been supplying villagers with weapons to kill tribesmen. One of these tribesmen is Tyree a good friend of Kirk's from years earlier. As Kirk tries to help he realizes that he is violating the prime directive. And in the end the peaceful Tyree even falls into the hatred and bloodshed when his manipulative wife Nona is murdered by villagers. This episode ends on a real down note. For it is extremely tragic what happens to this peaceful planet because of the Federation and Klingons. It really relates to the Vietnam war when you think about it. This episode is one of the more serious Star Trek outings however the Mugatu ape beast is somewhat cheesy looking and so this episode does have a few funny moments. There is a great lesson to be learned from A PRIVATE LITTLE WAR but it's never been a personal favourite of mine. It is a good episode though.
The other one here is the classic GAMESTERS OF TRISKELION. I am greatly suprised at the amount of negative reviews for this episode however. I always found this to be one of Star Trek's finest and a true classic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mega-woman for Kirk June 3, 2001
Shanya (Angelique Pettyjohn) rubs lips with Kirk in "Gamesters"
Hey! Hands off, she's mine!
"Private Little War" is probably the most controversial episode in the 2nd season seeing it takes the Vietnam War issue head-on.
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Parallels to the Vietnam war are given in "A Private Little War" as Star Fleet Captain James Kirk must make a fateful decision to interfere with the natural evolution of a tribal planet at war, which has already been compromised thanks to a Klingon agent who has armed one side with advanced weapons to give them an unfair advantage.
While it may never be popular or even politically correct to criticise government, Star Trek has an impressive history of taking events from our day and put them in futuristic settings to make social commentaries that are far more perceptive than what one will find on the six o'clock news. This is is no exception. The question this episode begs to be answered is how far should a supposedly advanced nation become involved with a so-called lesser culture. Watch "A Private Little War" and see what happens.

In "The Gamesters of Triskelion" the timeless message of slavery is addressed as Kirk, Chekov and Uhura are captured and enslaved for the amusement of another so-called advanced race. Things really heat up when Kirk takes the ultimate gamble to save his crew!
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