Series: The Original Series
Air Date: November 1, 1968
Written by: Jerome Bixby
Directed by: Marvin Chomsky
It's Klingons vs Federation in a battle on board the Enterprise brought on by a mysterious, sneaky hate-eater.
So the Enterprise is called to a planet to check up on a Federation base. They get there and... nothing's there. No sign of any station from anyone, least of all Federation. And then SUDDENLY KLINGONS! They show up in orbit, beam down and claim that the Enterprise has damaged their ship. But Chekov can't find any damage to their ship. Doesn't matter, 'cause the Klingons still believe it's damaged. And they want the Enterprise. Meanwhile, some kind of energy being follows along.
The Klingons pretty much take over the landing party and force them to beam them up, but Kirk is crafty and orders them to be locked in transit so they can prepare to bring them to the brig or whatever. Doesn't matter, 'cause once they're on the ship they kinda take control, anyway. Just like true Klingon warriors! Kang, the Klingon captain, brings the rest of his crew on board including his wife. All of them quickly take over about half of the ship. Meanwhile, some kind of energy being follows along.
|SNEAK SNEAK SNEAK|
Meanwhile, Kang and his Krew take over engineering because why not? And Chekov goes a little crazy and thinks he had a brother who was killed by Klingons, so he goes off on a vendetta. He finds Kang's wife and nearly rapes her, except that Kirk and Spock come along and stop him. So they send Chekov away and now Kang's wife is just hanging around as a sort of prisoner of war. Meanwhile, some kind of energy being follows along.
|Is that... is that thing following us?|
Kang refuses to believe Kirk at first, but then his wife chimes in and begs him to believe Kirk. He's still dubious, but then the energy being shows up in engineering where everyone can see it. It's really just being careless now. Kirk points up at him and then Kang understands. They starve the being by being happy with each other. They have an awkward laughing session and the being eventually leaves! And the day is saved!
This episode gives us a greater insight into the relationship between humans and Klingons and it actually positions Klingons as more of a noble warrior race than merely belligerent. There was also a little bit in the end there where Kirk says that this energy being may be responsible for a lot of unnecessary fights, but I think I'd rather believe that humans are just idiots sometimes. Thumbs halfway up!