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Let That Be Your Last Battlefield 

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The Enterprise encounters two duo-chromatic and mutually belligerent aliens who put the ship in the middle of their old conflict.

Director:

Jud Taylor

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Gene Roddenberry (created by), Oliver Crawford (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Frank Gorshin ... Bele
Lou Antonio ... Lokai
James Doohan ... Scott
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
George Takei ... Sulu
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
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While on a mission of mercy, the Enterprise comes across a shuttle craft stolen from Starbase 4. Its occupant is Lokai, a humanoid who is exactly half black and half white. Soon his pursuer, Commissioner Bele, arrives on board demanding that Lokai be turned over to him for transport to their home planet where Lokai has been convicted as a terrorist. Both men have extraordinary powers and it turns out that the pursuit has lasted 50,000 years. Their hatred of one another is racially based and, despite attempts by Kirk and others, they are not prepared to reconcile. The pursuit ends on their home planet where they learn the fate of their races. Written by garykmcd

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USA

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English

Release Date:

10 January 1969 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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The costume Frank Gorshin wears is very similar in components as the costume he wore as The Riddler on Batman (1966). See more »

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When Bele and Lokai each beam themselves down, only the two front transporter discs are visible on the platform. We can't see the other four because of the camera angle, but other episodes show the two discs closest to each of the front two are closer to them than the front discs are to each other, and that is not the case here. See more »

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Captain James T. Kirk: [in Sick Bay, McCoy is examining the unconscious Lokai after the Enterprise recovers him in a stolen shuttle] Your prognosis, Doctor?
Dr. McCoy: Well, I can't give you one, Jim. I've never worked on anyone like him or any THING like him.
Mr. Spock: Yet you are pumping him full of your noxious potions as if he were a human.
Dr. McCoy: [angrily] When in doubt, the book prevails, Mr. Spock. I've run tests. Blood is blood, even when it's green like yours.
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Referenced in Trekkies 2 (2004) See more »

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Good classic cheesy 60s Sci-Fi
22 December 2013 | by ronindaveSee all my reviews

"Let that be your Last Battlefield" is a heavy-handed tale of racism that beats the viewer of the head with its not so subtle message that "racism is stupid" every 5 minutes. Still this episode has a goofy charm that the old Star Trek series would somehow be less if this episode hadn't been made. It's a kind of so bad it's good episode.

The two guest stars in their cheap black&white make-up (you could tell they were scraping the barrel of the budget for the show by this time) steal the show with their constant hating of each other while the Enterprise crew does very little except watch and make self-righteous comments.

This episode is a time capsule of sorts because it is very much a part of its time as the settings of many Sci-Fi stories of the 50s&60s were often just thinly-disguised commentaries about social conditions and human nature. Writers of such stories were more interested in the message than in fleshing out a story universe that made sense.

"Let This Be Your Last Battlefield" though is enjoyable fare to sit back and enjoy and not to be surprised by the inevitable obvious ending. What makes it even more delightful is the appearance of Frank Gorshin, Jr famous for playing The Riddler in the 60s Batman series as one of the illogical hate-fueled aliens.


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