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EPISODE
Errand of Mercy
Kirk and Kor
Attribution
Series: The Original Series
Written by: Gene L. Coon
Directed by: John Newland
Novelization in: Star Trek 2 by James Blish
Production information
Episode no.: 1x27
Production no.: 6149-27
First aired: 23 March 1967
Chronology
Date: 2267
Stardate: 3198.4


SummaryEdit

Captain’s log, stardate 3198.4: We have reached Organia and established standard orbit. No signs of hostile activities in this area.
Captain’s log, stardate 3201.7: Mr Spock and I are trapped on the planet Organia, which is in the process of being occupied by the forces of the Klingon Empire. The Organians have provided us with native clothing in the hopes that we may be taken for Organians.


On stardate 3198.4, relations between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire have reached the breaking point, and recent negotiations have collapsed. The :USS Enterprise has been sent to the world of Organia, a non-aligned planet near the Klingon border, in fear that the Klingons will try to annex it.

As the Enterprise approaches Organia, it is attacked by a Klingon vessel, which it destroys. Kirk warns the Organians of the Klingons, but the Organians are completely unconcerned. Instead, they insist that it is the Enterprise and her crew which are in danger. A Klingon fleet appears, forcing the Enterprise to withdraw, and stranding Kirk and Spock on the surface.

The Klingons seize control of the planet without resistance from the Organians, and install the ranking Klingon officer, Kor as the military governor of Organia. The Organians disguise Kirk and Spock, but refuse to do more to resist the occupation. The two start guerrilla operations of their own, over the objections of the Organians.

When the Klingons confront the Organian ruling council and threaten to torture Kirk and Spock as suspected insurgents, the Organians reveal Kirk and Spock's true identities and allow them to be arrested. After preliminary interrogations, the Klingons imprison the two of them in a dungeon. Shortly thereafter, the Organians effortlessly free the pair and hide them in the council chamber.

While Kirk and Spock try to figure out the natives' contradictory actions, Kor retaliates for the escape by ordering mass executions. Still, the Organians continue to protect the two, but remain otherwise unperturbed by the Klingons' actions, leaving the Federation officers and the Klingons alike baffled and frustrated.

As Federation and Klingon fleets converge on the system, threatening to turn it into a war-zone, Kirk and Spock execute a daring raid on the Klingon headquarters in hopes of rousing the population into resistance. They prove surprisingly successful, capturing Kor and preparing to make a last stand while the fleets ready to clash.

At that point, the Organians reveal their true nature. They instantly incapacitate both sides, not only around the planet, but everywhere. They are not primitive humanoids, but highly advanced and extremely powerful energy beings, so far beyond the Klingons and the Federation that they were never threatened by either side. The Organians force the humans and Klingons to make a truce, the Organian Peace Treaty. Both sides protest, but the Organians predict the two rivals will get along far better in the future than they presently imagine.

Back on the Enterprise, Kirk admits his embarrassment at his own initial disappointment with the forcible ending of the war and the imposed peace treaty.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

AyelborneClifford BrentClaymareJames T. Kirk/BaronerKorEd LeslieSpockHikaru SuluTrefayneNyota Uhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)

LocationsEdit

Organia

Races and culturesEdit

HumanKlingonOrganianVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Klingon EmpireStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

OtherEdit

AppendicesEdit

  • The first Klingon attack on the Enterprise was originally conducted by an unseen Klingon ship, the 2007 remastered edition of the episode adds a D7 class vessel as the opponent. The comic "Against Their Nature" establishes this ship is in fact a smaller D7 like scout vessel named the IKS Vortha.

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TimelineEdit

published order
Previous episode:
The Devil in the Dark
TOS episode produced Next episode:
The City on the Edge of Forever
Previous episode:
The Devil in the Dark
TOS episode aired Next episode:
The Alternative Factor
Previous story:
Tomorrow is Yesterday
Star Trek 2
Blish2
Next story:
Court Martial
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Devil in the Dark
Pocket Next Adventure:
The City on the Edge of Forever
Previous Adventure:
Errand of Fury: Book 3
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
Against Their Nature

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