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Errand of Mercy

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EPISODE DATA

Title ---------------------- Errand of Mercy
Writer / Producer ------------ Gene L. Coon
Director -------------------- John Newland
Original Air Date ----------- March 23, 1967
Order of Filming ---------------------- 27th
Order of Broadcasting ---------------- 26th
Filmed ----------------- Late January 1967


REGULAR CAST

Captain James T. Kirk -------- William Shatner
Lieutenant Cmdr. Spock ------ Leonard Nimoy

Lieutenant Sulu --------------- George Takei
Lieutenant Uhura ------------ Nichelle Nichols



GUEST CAST

Commander Kor --------------- John Colicos
Ayelborne ---------------------- Jon Abbott
Trefayne -------------- David Hillary Hughes
Claymare --------------------- Peter Brocco
Klingon Lieutenant #1 --------- Victor Lundin
Klingon Lieutenant #2 ------- George Sawaya
Klingon Soldier ------------------ Walt Davis
Klingon Guard ----------------- Gary Coombs
Klingon Guard ------------------ Bobby Bass


TITLE REFERENCE

"Errand of Mercy"

A sardonic comment on the Enterprise's failed 'rescue' mission.  The Organians not only did not wish to be rescued, but really had the situation well in hand without any help from Starfleet.


ORIGINAL TITLES

None


UNUSUAL FOREIGN TITLES

France -------- The Referees of the Cosmos
Germany ---------------- Battle for Organia
Italy --------------------- Mission of Peace
Japan ------- Invasion of the Klingon Empire
Spain --------------------- Duty and Mercy


STORY SYNOPSIS

Kirk and Spock beam down to the surface of planet Organia to negotiate for the erection of a Federation base on that planet. Hostilities between the nearby Klingon Empire and Federation have reached alarming heights and it is feared that the medieval culture of the Organians will not be able to withstand a Klingon attack. However, the Organian Council, comprised of five seemingly pleasant, benign elderly men, insist that they prefer to stay with their more primitive culture.

When Kor and his Klingon force attack the planet, Kirk and Spock go undercover as Organian and Vulcan traders. They are captured by the Klingons, and to their surprise, the Organians free them with ease. In turn, the Klingon ship and the U.S.S. Enterprise square off to battle in orbit of the planet.

Displeased by the outbreak of violence, the Organians reveal themselves to be powerful creatures of pure energy who easily neutralize the weapons on both ships, thus ending the threat for the moment.

Back on the U.S.S. Enterprise, Kirk feels certain that the Organians will not only take care of themselves in the future, but monitor their surroundings for any hint of hostilities.







ERRAND OF MERCY

Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 44


(1) Negotiations ------------- 17.8 KB
Captain Kirk


(2) Casualties ---------------- 12.2 KB
Mr. Spock


(3) War --------------------- 23.9 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(4) Warp 7 ------------------ 12.2 KB
Captain Kirk


(5) XY75847 ----------------- 21.1 KB
Lt. Uhura - Captain Kirk

I really wish they wouldn't make up nonsense
unit numbers like this.  It just sounds silly.


(6) Beaming ----------------- 12.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(7) Klingon ------------------- 23.6 KB
Captain Kirk


(8) Danger ------------------- 7.93 KB
Captain Kirk


(9) Truth -------------------- 17.5 KB
Captain Kirk

A soldier??  I was under the impression
Kirk thought of himself as an explorer.
I guess they just needed him to say that
because it sounded better in this instance.


(10) Environment ------------ 17.3 KB
Mr. Spock


(11) Help -------------------- 54.6 KB
Captain Kirk

What about the Prime Directive?
As far as Kirk knows, these people have
almost no technology; how would they qualify
for Federation membership?


(12) Escape ----------------- 13.2 KB
Ayelborne


(13) Stranded --------------- 30.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(14) Kor --------------------- 10.2 KB
Commander Kor

John Colicos played the first Klingon in Star Trek
history and he did a fantastic job!

He was born on December 10, 1928 in
Toronto, Ontario Canada and he died
of a heart attack on March 6, 2000.

There were lots of Canadians involved in Star Trek!


(15) Kevas ------------------ 9.71 KB
Mr. Spock


(16) Hatred ------------------ 36.3 KB
Commander Kor - Captain Kirk (Baroner)

Both Kor and Kirk have great lines here.


(17) Subjects ---------------- 33.8 KB
Commander Kor

I wonder what the Organians were planning
to do if the Federation hadn't shown up to
stop the Klingons.  Would they have let the
Klingons use the planet as a base to launch
attacks on the Federation?


(18) Baroner ----------------- 52.1 KB
Commander Kor - Captain Kirk (Baroner)

Even though it sounds like Kor calls Kirk "Barona"
the Star Trek Concordance lists it as "Baroner."

Also, notice how Kor asks Kirk for his obedience
and Kirk avoids giving a yes or no answer by stating
that Kor seems to be the one in command.
Great dialogue!


(19) Smile ------------------- 10.2 KB
Commander Kor


(20) Job --------------------- 19.8 KB
Commander Kor - Captain Kirk


(21) Ruthlessness ------------ 44.2 KB
Commander Kor

Wow, 1000 Organians for every Klingon.
These Klingons are mean dudes!


(22) Pushed ----------------- 23.4 KB
Captain Kirk


(23) Mind Sifter -------------- 58.4 KB
Commander Kor

Kor sounds like he enjoys watching the procedure!


(24) Beat -------------------- 9.46 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(25) Meritorius --------------- 52.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

Even in a dangerous situation they joke around!


(26) Brave ------------------- 34.5 KB
Commander Kor


(27) Battle ------------------ 36.3 KB
Commander Kor

It's a shame we never got to see Kor again
in the original series, he was a great character
and an excellent Klingon!

Yes, I know they brought him back for 3 episodes
of DS9 but it just wasn't the same.


(28) Die --------------------- 18.0 KB
Captain Kirk


(29) Admiration -------------- 24.1 KB
Commander Kor

That's quite the admission by Kor.
Most Klingons think that Starfleet
are a bunch of whimps.


(30) Universe ---------------- 19.3 KB
Commander Kor - Captain Kirk


(31) Tree -------------------- 4.13 KB
Captain Kirk

Nice come-back Kirk!


(32) Klingons ---------------- 21.1 KB
Captain Kirk


(33) Training ----------------- 35.1 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

There he goes talking about money again!
I thought they didn't use money in the 23rd century!


(34) Gentlemen -------------- 49.0 KB
Captain Kirk


(35) Accurate --------------- 55.4 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

Great dialogue!


(36) Odds ------------------- 23.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

What happened to accuracy?!


(37) Destiny ----------------- 28.5 KB
Commander Kor

I can't believe that Orgainia is THAT important.
After all, the Klingons only have 8 ships in orbit.
It's not like they have their entire fleet there.


(38) Conquer ---------------- 25.9 KB
Commander Kor


(39) Grievances -------------- 52.1 KB
Captain Kirk - Commander Kor

They both sound pretty mad.


(40) Energy ------------------ 24.9 KB
Mr. Spock


(41) Amoeba ----------------- 21.6 KB
Mr. Spock

Kind of makes you feel insignificant.


(42) Glorious ----------------- 31.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Commander Kor


(43) Embarrassed ------------ 33.8 KB
Captain Kirk


(44) Game ------------------- 28.5 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk


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