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Old October 19 2014, 02:15 AM   #1
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Episode of the Week : Errand of Mercy

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Old October 19 2014, 02:24 AM   #2
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Re: Episode of the Week : Errand of Mercy

I'm ambivalent towards this episode. It's not my favorite ST episode, nor is it my most disliked ST episode. Gene Coon did a good job on the script that set the tone for future interaction between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. I really wish that the Klingon Warship had been ready to insert into this episode.
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Old October 19 2014, 03:22 PM   #3
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I'm ambivalent towards this episode. It's not my favorite ST episode, nor is it my most disliked ST episode. Gene Coon did a good job on the script that set the tone for future interaction between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. I really wish that the Klingon Warship had been ready to insert into this episode.
I feel pretty much the same way - I voted a 6. Aside from the importance of the Organian Peace Treaty, the foreshadowing of the Klingon-Federation becoming allies, John Colicos and John Abbott delivered solid performances.
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Old October 19 2014, 03:35 PM   #4
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I'm ambivalent towards this episode. It's not my favorite ST episode, nor is it my most disliked ST episode. Gene Coon did a good job on the script that set the tone for future interaction between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. I really wish that the Klingon Warship had been ready to insert into this episode.
I feel pretty much the same way - I voted a 6. Aside from the importance of the Organian Peace Treaty, the foreshadowing of the Klingon-Federation becoming allies, John Colicos and John Abbott delivered solid performances.
Agreed. I gave it a 6 also. John Colicos set an example of just how badass a Klingon should be.
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Old October 19 2014, 05:23 PM   #5
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Easy 8 from me.

Great story and the Kirk making the realization of exactly why he was pissed the Organians were interfering was classic.

Errand of Mercy wrote:
KIRK: Even if you have some power that we don't understand, you have no right to dictate to our Federation
KOR: Or our Empire!
KIRK: How to handle their interstellar relations! We have the right
AYELBORNE: To wage war, Captain? To kill millions of innocent people? To destroy life on a planetary scale? Is that what you're defending?
KIRK: Well, no one wants war. But there are proper channels. People have a right to handle their own affairs.
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Old October 20 2014, 10:55 AM   #6
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One of my favourites.

It has lots of great things.
Kirk and Spock in danger.
Klingons as they were meant to be (Not physically - but psychologically).
The Klingon mind sifter.
The threat of interstellar war.
Kirk/Starfleet being seen as no different from Kor/the Klingon Empire.
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Old October 20 2014, 07:18 PM   #7
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Never considered this one a great episode but with most there are some great things about it. Still, it just ranks at a 6 for me
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Old October 20 2014, 07:36 PM   #8
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This one gets an 8 from me. Totally solid with Colicos for the win. Best Klingon Ever (Kang a VERY close second). The Kirk/Spock team is at its best, but I miss Bones and Scotty. A shame they couldn't be seen on board the Enterprise dealing with what was going on there. The teaser is thrilling as hell. All stock footage and edited music, but beautifully done. Hell of a way to show space combat on a budget. Fine, we didn't get the Klingon ship, but isn't it more realistic this way? They wouldn't have to be in visual range with weapons of that speed and power.

I love the Klingons as seen here. Beautifully formed race, very well done. Kor is a solider doing his job, not a sneering evil alien. He's likable as hell. Kirk is totally no nonsense. All in all, a great episode in a stellar season.
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Old October 20 2014, 08:22 PM   #9
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A great episode. Crucial for the Star Trek Lore. Outstanding performance by Colicos, great writing, great performances. Yes a few plot holes. Why is the ammo dump a bunch of cardboard boxes with no guards ? Why does no one notice the self opening doors ? Why do they need to be told their phasers are in "that cabinet" which happens to be the only other piece of furniture in the room other than table and chairs.

These are small nit picks for a great episode.

Love the casting of Kor and the Organians. Once again it shows how great Trek looks outdoors in natural light. Imagine how bad it would have been if outdoors in the village was an indoor set.
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Old October 20 2014, 08:51 PM   #10
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Why is the ammo dump a bunch of cardboard boxes with no guards ? Why does no one notice the self opening doors? Why do they need to be told their phasers are in "that cabinet" which happens to be the only other piece of furniture in the room other than table and chairs.
...What would Klingons do with "ammo" in the first place? Why doesn't the mind-sifter work? Why does Starfleet play war at stun setting? What is the reason for the strategic worth of this primitive place anyway? Etc.

But much of the weirdness is in fact welcome. Why not have wars fought at stun? Why not use a frighteningly named device on torture victims even if it doesn't actually do squat? It's good to think things through every now and then - a lesson our heroes should have learned, too. I for one find it quite plausible that they would be blind to the blatant unreality of the Organian setting, thanks to their martial tunnel vision...

As for actual rationalizations, well, doors automatically opening should appear natural for our heroes - not because they are used to automated doors, but because places like these would have servants for opening such doors so that nobler people wouldn't need to. When would the heroes have an opportunity to see there's nobody behind the opening door? And the phasers could be in all sorts of places outside Ayelborne's room (indeed, they no doubt only appear in that "cabinet" in that "room" at Ayelborne's snap of mental fingers).

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Old October 20 2014, 09:29 PM   #11
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Other than WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE, isn't this the only TOS episode which is totally McCoy-free?
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Old October 20 2014, 11:34 PM   #12
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Why doesn't the mind-sifter work?
It does work.
But Spock is so awesome he can resist it.
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Old October 20 2014, 11:38 PM   #13
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Mutoid wrote: View Post
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Why doesn't the mind-sifter work?
It does work.
But Spock is so awesome he can resist it.
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Old October 21 2014, 12:46 AM   #14
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FWIW, the script called for Kirk and Spock to incapacitate a couple of guards at the ammo dump. Probably removed to save thirty seconds of time (plus a couple lines that would bump the extras pay up).

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Old October 21 2014, 01:01 AM   #15
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Other than WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE, isn't this the only TOS episode which is totally McCoy-free?
"What Are Little Girls Made Of?" as well.
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