Episode

023

A Taste of Armageddon

Is war without the mess proper for any society? Kirk takes upon himself to decide when we put “A Taste of Armageddon” in the Mission Log.

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  • Jim Radloff

    On the cast, they mentioned it being troubling that 1-3 million people are killed every year in their war. I never caught how many people were on Eminiar VII, so I don’t know what percent of the population that is. However, 2 million is roughly the number of people who commit suicide on Earth in an average year. If their global population is comparable to our own, their own casualties would be a comparable loss.

    • The Spock Unit

      It’s nowhere near that many.

      The World Health Organisation (WHO) says “nearly a million each year”. Around 842,000 deaths by suicide were reported for 2013.

      What’s the source for your claim of 2,000,000?

  • Reese

    All these years I heard “A Non-Seven” whatever that meant– just some sci-fi-y jargon they made up. But now, re-watching on Blu-ray with CC, it’s “Anan 7.” That makes no more sense than my original hearing, ca. 1973. Well, when I listen to your ‘cap, maybe you address this.

    • We didn’t address it specifically, but I assumed the “Anan” was a play on the word “anonymous” – as an indication that the people involved in this war were simply numbers with no identity since they had given over their lives to the computers.

      • Reese

        Well that makes at least some sense. Also, Barbara Babcock’s character was “Mea 3”– a contraction of “me a”?

        (And until listening to your ‘cast, I never made the connection that she was Grace, Sergeant Esterhouse’s girlfriend. Mea 3? Definitely a ten. Maybe y’all can do “Hill Street Blues” after “Moonlighting.”)

        • I think Ken has it on the list. It’ll have to wait past Moonlighting, Kolchak and The Love Boat, though.

  • gizmochimp

    I assumed it would be discovered that the other side had died off long ago and due to a computer glitch they were still “at war” with them, killing themselves against an enemy that doesn’t even exist anymore.

  • Snap

    Archons 2: Electric Boogaloo or I Boogied on Landru’s Grave?

  • Bilateralrope

    In this episode, Eminiar used sonic weapons against the Enterprise. The episode was consistant with the weapons being sonic because the Enterprise easily moved out of their range. Your first thought might be that sonic weapons are stupid to use against spacecraft, due to sound not travelling in a vacuum.

    Today it makes more sense than it did when the episode first aired. Think about this in terms of a video game. Players don’t use weapons that make sense in real life, they use whatever is best by the rules of the game. If sonic weapons were the only anti-ship weapon worth using by the rules of the simulation, then the people of Eminiar might think that they are a good idea to use in reality. Because they don’t know reality, they only know the rules of the simulation.