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Episode Guest Reviews

Title : A Taste of Armageddon Rating : 4
First Aired : 23 Feb 1967 Stardate : 3192.1
Director : Joseph Pevney Year : 2267
Writers : Robert Hamner Season : 1
Rating : 4.0000 for 2 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 4
Review : Kirk, the warrior for peace. Early on, the war actually looked like a very cynical population control measure, but it soon turned out to be a genuine, if a little insane. Essentially, these two cultures carried a cold war as far as they could, even to the extent of destroying their own people, so as not to let the war go hot. It took some serious gunboat diplomacy to sort it out, but it worked. Still, the concept doesn't seem much more incredible than Kirk overpowering and entire room full of armed guards. As usual, we had an interfering civilian who acted like a complete idiot at times, but he proved useful to the plot. Anan seemed to be a strange character, organising the deaths of thousands, but shying away from the killing of a few hostages. Still, at least he seemed irrationally rational rather than mad. The Redshirts did a fairly good job as well, actually doing something useful, and every one coming back alive. Maybe parts of it did stretch credibility a very long way, but this is what Star Trek is all about, peace at all costs, everyone getting along without having to kill each other. Some bizarre methods to obtain it, but they worked.
Reviewer : Sparko Heaps Rating : 4
Review : An anti-war episode of sorts that is clever and fast moving. It depicts a society that views war in terms of tactics and sterile body counts. The actual horror of war is practically eliminated. Given society's current obsession with video games, the message still resonates. Scotty gets a good role this time out--failing to fall for a simple trick at one point and standing his ground against an overbearing ambassador. In typical Trekian fashion, the villains are depicted sympathetically. Shatner over-acts in parts. It adds to the fun, but detracts slightly from the episode.
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