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A Private Little War

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A Private Little War

TOS Season 2, Episode 19

WRITTEN BY

Gene Roddenberry and Jud Crucis

DIRECTED BY

Marc Daniels

First Aired Feb 2, 1968

Stardate 4211.4

On a planet Captain Kirk had visited thirteen years earlier, he finds that the Klingons have been arming one side of the planet's natives and disrupting the balance of power. Meanwhile, injured on the planet's surface, Mr. Spock fights for his life in sickbay.

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I love Tyree, he's a great character.

What I don't it Kirk's whole, 'the only way to save these people is to give them weapons' ideology. How about talking to the villagers, reminding them how much better life was when they were at peace with one another, before the Klingons came?

I give he episode a 7.

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This episode is painful to watch sometimes because of the glaring violation of the Prime Directive by Kirk. (Okay, the Klingons violated it first, but really, does this justify Kirk doing the same?) It raises quite a few interesting questions... which is what Trek is supposed to do, after all.

And Kirk + chick = once again, *sigh*. *lol*

I give it a 5. It's not one of my favorites.

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The parable of this story is about as subtle as napalm. Still the action sequences make it good.

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I love the moral questions it raises, and the fact that there's no happy ending. But the woman's a bore... 7

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There is enough here to like. I remember first watching this whilst on holiday in Weymouth in 1994. Seemed different then. The allegory to Vietnam though hardly covered is less than it was originally according to MemAlpha. It's alright but that Nona woman rubs me the wrong way. I do like M'Benga and the slapping. Scotty's horrified look as M'Benga lays into Spock.

Whereas no redshirts are killed, the mugatu kill count was 2.

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The whole Prime Directive thing is what ruined this for me. I do love the big monkey suit alien though, that was ace. This should get a 4.

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Just saw this one today in its entirety for the first time in probably 20 years.  

Wow... that was some powerfully odiferous cheese in the first two acts or so, but if you can look past the crazy wigs (worst since "The Apple") or the wild-as-hell overacting (Nancy Kovack and Shatner on the same screen together can out-act all life within a 500 km radius)?   There is some interesting, if politically misguided, commentary on the Vietnam War (or any other proxy war, before or since). 

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The sad thing about the episode is its very 20th century resolution; stalemate.   The Feds didn't even TRY to expose the Klingon intervention to the peaceful (and blonde, of course) villagers; which would've been within bounds since the Prime Directive was already laid to rest in the teaser.    It could've also ended with the Federation taking their case to the Organians (since it was they who set the original 'treaty' the episode speaks of) to address the Klingon's wanton violation. I'd imagine the Organians could've made short work of the Klingons' intervention if they chose to intervene, since it was THEIR treaty that was being violated by the Klingons.   But what does Kirk do?   He just arms the other side and splits. 

Sorry, but that was a poor resolution to a very complex problem.  

The episode really didn't take advantage of its unique pulpit (and opportunity) to offer a REAL and permanent resolution to the problem of that time, but it didn't.   It demurred, when it could've (and should've) been bold.   This could've been the first part of an epic two parter that could've showed an genuine resolution; the Federation exposing Klingon intervention and the major powers are forced to confront and face each other WITHOUT their proxies, and to face their violation of a treaty set for them by a greater power.  It could've been both a commentary on the insanity of proxy wars and a wonderful sequel to "Errand Of Mercy." 

As "Kor" would say...

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I realize 20/20 hindsight is a great thing, but this episode chickens out so badly, I almost wish they hadn't even tried; since they didn't seem to have the courage of their initial conviction.   Just illustrating the Vietnam conflict without offering any kind of insight wasn't really enough.   

 

 

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This is one episode I always enjoy watching.  A lot of action to comment on! First, I have to say the mugatu is my favorite scary-assed creature from all of TOS! Ugly as hell, and that scream it makes is enough to scare the crap out of any anyone.  (Can you imagine using that sound full blast as a burglary deterrent in your home?):lightsaber:  I also laugh every time I watch McCoy throwing the rock and yelling "Ha!" in an attempt to scare it off.  Finally though, the doc gets wise and sends it off to oblivion to meet its maker.  When Kirk learns that Nona is the one who saved his life, his cold "congratulations" to her is enough to make me wish the mugatu's mate would enter the cave about then and give him another dose.  I guess Kirk doesn't like women doing him favors unless they're of another kind... And where did Nona get that orange fur halter top?  I'd like to see the village store that sells that fashion statement! :laugh:

Poor Spock gets the sh** end of the firestick in this episode, doesn't he? Always interesting to see him leaking green blood!  I love the drama of watching him fight for his life and learning how Vulcans heal themselves.  Coming to check on the patient, poor Scotty walks into Sickbay just in time to catch Christine waling away on Spock and then Dr. M'Benga following suit.  Sometimes it just doesn't pay to leave Engineering.

I never associated this episode with a statement on the Vietnam war since I was 4 when it aired, but given the time period I can understand it in hindsight.  True, the whole matter of Klingon involvement should have been handled much differently.  Goodhearted Tyree is too naive to realize that once his enemies had resorted to killing there would be no going back to their former ways of friendship.  Even Nona was smart enough to see that. (Makes one wonder how the villagers in "The Apple" dealt with one another after the concept of killing had been introduced to them. I'd like to think possibly they stood a chance of maintaining their peaceful ways, but once the threat of punishment (Vaal) was removed, it's seems unlikely.)

Nona is bitterly disappointed that Tyree refuses to arm his men, allowing them to defend themselves, and also with Kirk as he refuses to supply Tyree with superior weapons. Given the reality of the situation, her feelings are understandable.  She seduces Kirk in an attempt to influence him to arm Tyree with phasers (or she's just a tramp--take your pick), but she is incredibly foolish in approaching the Apella's men offering to make him an even more powerful man with her newly acquired phaser.  One lone woman against three horny villagers?  C'mon.... Anyway, she pays for the mistake with her life, and so ends Nona.

As an action-packed episode, I give it a 7. :)

 

 

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This is one episode I always enjoy watching.  A lot of action to comment on! First, I have to say the mugatu is my favorite scary-assed creature from all of TOS! Ugly as hell, and that scream it makes is enough to scare the crap out of any anyone.  (Can you imagine using that sound full blast as a burglary deterrent in your home?):lightsaber:  I also laugh every time I watch McCoy throwing the rock and yelling "Ha!" in an attempt to scare it off.  Finally though, the doc gets wise and sends it off to oblivion to meet its maker.  When Kirk learns that Nona is the one who saved his life, his cold "congratulations" to her is enough to make me wish the mugatu's mate would enter the cave about then and give him another dose.  I guess Kirk doesn't like women doing him favors unless they're of another kind... And where did Nona get that orange fur halter top?  I'd like to see the village store that sells that fashion statement! :laugh:

Poor Spock gets the sh** end of the firestick in this episode, doesn't he? Always interesting to see him leaking green blood!  I love the drama of watching him fight for his life and learning how Vulcans heal themselves.  Coming to check on the patient, poor Scotty walks into Sickbay just in time to catch Christine waling away on Spock and then Dr. M'Benga following suit.  Sometimes it just doesn't pay to leave Engineering.

I never associated this episode with a statement on the Vietnam war since I was 4 when it aired, but given the time period I can understand it in hindsight.  True, the whole matter of Klingon involvement should have been handled much differently.  Goodhearted Tyree is too naive to realize that once his enemies had resorted to killing there would be no going back to their former ways of friendship.  Even Nona was smart enough to see that. (Makes one wonder how the villagers in "The Apple" dealt with one another after the concept of killing had been introduced to them. I'd like to think possibly they stood a chance of maintaining their peaceful ways, but once the threat of punishment (Vaal) was removed, it's seems unlikely.)

Nona is bitterly disappointed that Tyree refuses to arm his men, allowing them to defend themselves, and also with Kirk as he refuses to supply Tyree with superior weapons. Given the reality of the situation, her feelings are understandable.  She seduces Kirk in an attempt to influence him to arm Tyree with phasers (or she's just a tramp--take your pick), but she is incredibly foolish in approaching the Apella's men offering to make him an even more powerful man with her newly acquired phaser.  One lone woman against three horny villagers?  C'mon.... Anyway, she pays for the mistake with her life, and so ends Nona.

As an action-packed episode, I give it a 7. :)

 

 

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I will say there ARE some things about this episode I did like.

For fans of Spock/Chapel shipping, there's a TON of material to comment on; her 'slapping' and handholding of Spock is the stuff of fanfic.

I also really liked the young Vulcan specialist Dr. M'Benga, and wish we'd seen his character more often than just here and "That Which Survives." It was nice to see that he's also around in the fan series "Star Trek Continues" as well.   I liked McCoy having a smart, young assistant who specializes in areas which McCoy is less expert in.   He's not a thorn or rival to McCoy; just a good specialist who McCoy can turn to in a crisis. 

I also liked Ned Romero's Klingon too; he seemed one step away from the campy Kor and Koloth and a step closer to the more formidable and honorable Kang (my favorite Klingon in TOS).   He's still a bit of a 'sneaky saboteur'-type Klingon, but he was less over-the-top. 

And yes, the Mugatu has a truly scary scream; it did kind of spook me when I was a kid.   Like a mountain lion or something. 

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