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Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 27: Errand Of Mercy [VHS]


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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Directors: John Newland
  • Writers: Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry
  • Producers: Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry, Robert H. Justman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • VHS Release Date: April 15, 1994
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300213315
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A war between the Klingons and Federation is imminent, and it's up to Captain Kirk (William Shatner) to persuade the peaceful, agrarian planet Organia to sign on with the good guys before the Klingons overwhelm the place. What's the rush? Organia is in a strategically valuable position for whichever warring side claims it first. The only problem is, the Organians don't seem to care. Kirk and First Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy) make an awfully good pitch for Federation protection, but the planet's Council of Elders rejects the offer as a tacit invitation to violence on their world. Worse, the Council takes little heed of a Klingon invasion, insisting there is no problem and earning the enmity of both Kirk and Klingon Commander Kor (John Colicos). Essentially a Cold War satire disguised as a Federation-Klingon showdown in most unusual circumstances, "Errand of Mercy" is the brainchild of producer-writer Gene L. Coon, who makes a wonderfully convincing case for the absurdity of each side's claim to moral superiority. Highlights of the episode include the enigmatic, retiring performances of the Council members, and the Butch-and-Sundance banter between Kirk and Spock as they set about trying to become a two-man Resistance targeting Klingon munitions. The episode is directed by John Newland, best known as the host of the supernatural television series, One Step Beyond. --Tom Keogh

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Kirk and his crew come face to face with the Klingons, and both learn the meaning of war when beings from the planet Organia interfere.

TREK TRIVIA
John Colicos (Commander Kor), the first actor to portray a Klingon, went on to costar in another science fiction series, Battlestar Galactica.
This episode was directed by John Newland, the former host of the series One Step Beyond.

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In spite of these flaws, this is a very good episode with a very strong supporting cast.
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Docile aliens are technologically backward and have a stubborn pacifist philosophy, even in the face of a Klingon occupation.
Brian Overland
The planet appears to be primitive and pastoral, with no industrialization or military capability.
Charles Ashbacher

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 14, 2001
"Errand of Mercy" provides one of the most problematic story lines in Star Trek history. The Federation and the Klingon Empire have started fighting again and the Enterprise hurries to Organia, a strategically important planet. Wanting the cooperation of the Organians, Kirk and Spock beams down and find the universe's most passive people, who are not at all concerned that the big bag Klingons are coming. The Klingons do show up, stranding Kirk and Spock on the planet where they are disguised as Organians and get to witness the arrival of Kor, the Klingon military governor. Kirk and Spock begin a two-person resistance movement, blowing up Klingon supplies. The Klingons retaliate against the population, but then Ayelborne, leader of the Organians, decides he has had enough of all this nonsense. One of the things I most like about "Errand of Mercy," is that it is one of the few times that the Enterprise encounters a race of superior beings who are not seriously flawed in some way. You even get Kirk put in the uncomfortable position of insisting on the right to make war and kill millions of people. This also becomes one of the most problematic episodes in Star Trek history, because the Organian Peace Treaty makes it impossible for the Federation and Klingon to go on killing each other. At least in theory (you have to admit, they have the enforcement capabilities); in practice, the two civilizations would continue to have fun with each other in future Star Trek episodes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jon D. Stewart on July 29, 2000
This was the episode that introduced the Klingons with an excellent performance by John Colicos of Battlestar Gallactica. Kirk and Spock land on a very placid planet with a society reminiscent of Medevil Europe finding it to be overrun by Klingons and the inhabitants remaining amazingly passive about it. Kirk and Spock disguise themselves as citizens, but the Klingons soon find out their true nature. This is apparently the only episode with the exception of the first two that Dr. McCoy didn't appear in, for some reason. I guess he was on leave.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2001
John Colicos turns in a standout performance as Kor, the first Klingon to appear in the series. Kor is strong, cunning, ruthless, and a little bit charming. The peaceful Organians are also very compelling characters. Throughout the episode, there is just a hint that there is more to the Organians than meets the eye.
There is some action in the story, along with a little suspense, but it would have been nice if there was a little more of both. Additionally, we are never shown the Klingon vessel.
In spite of these flaws, this is a very good episode with a very strong supporting cast. A definite must for any Star Trek fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
This is the first episode that introduces us to the Klingon Empire. All-out war almost breaks out when some unlikely beings interfere.
John Colicos' Commander Kor is marvelous and sets the tone for suceeding actors who portray Klingons.
This is the origin of the Organian Peace Treaty, referred to in subsequent episodes. This also sets the foundation of the eventual peace between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, which we saw in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 28, 2005
This is one of the best examples of science fiction ever created. It introduces the Klingons to the Star Trek genre and it poses many interesting questions and demonstrates how history repeats itself. The Klingon Empire and the Federation are on the verge of going to war. In the traditions of the Poles, Armenians and other groups who happened to live on an invasion route, the planet of Organia lies on the border between the two political entities. Therefore, the first side to gain control of Organia will have a distinct tactical advantage. The planet appears to be primitive and pastoral, with no industrialization or military capability.

The Enterprise arrives at Organia hours before the Klingons and Kirk and Spock beam down in order to make contact with the Organian government. They try to offer help to the Organians, but the offer is refused. They show absolutely no interest in the Federation or even the Klingons. When an armed party of Klingons beam down and assert a military governor, the Organians react with an air of complete detachment. The Organians try to pass Kirk and Spock off as citizens and the Klingon military governor selects Kirk to be the liaison between the Klingons and the Organians.

Kirk and Spock decide to begin guerilla operations against the Klingons and are somewhat successful until they are captured and exposed. Unexpectedly, the Organians free them and Kirk and Spock regain their weapons and launch an attack against the Klingon command center. Throughout all of this, the Organians seem disinterested in all of it, a tactic that infuriates both Kirk and the Klingon commander.
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