Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 2, Episode 19
Original Air Date: February 2, 1968
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All of this is an obvious metaphor for United States involvement in Vietnam, the front-burner issue in 1968. No time for subtlety, either - Kirk and Bones reference 1960s Earth directly in their discussion of the matter. Kirk takes the American government's position, Bones takes that of the war opposition. Interestingly, Spock isn't able to weigh in on the matter as he's recovering from a gunshot wound back on the ship. No place for logic when discussing matters of war?
Nancy Kovack plays the part of Nona, the beautiful, ambitious and manipulative wife of Tyree, tribal leader and old friend of Kirk's. The early Star Trek writers were certainly drawn to the Lady MacBeth types.
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Kovack has been married to the great Zubin Mehta since 1969. The two met while he was conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.