There's blunt and then there's really blunt. "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" is certainly the latter, a thick fable about the absurdity of intolerance, a story so obvious it becomes energized by its own, sheer audacity. Frank Gorshin, a 1960s television icon for his recurring role as the Riddler onBatman, plays Bele, an extraterrestrial cop pursuing a fugitive named Lokai (Lou Antonio). The latter is chalk-white on the right side of his body, and ebony-black on the left, an arrangement despised as inferior by Bele and his race, whose own color scheme simply reverses the two. While Captain Kirk (William Shatner) decides what to do about Lokai's request for asylum, the old race hatred between both sides looks increasingly ridiculous. Interestingly, the episode originated as an idea from producer Gene L. Coon, who envisioned an endless chase between a devil and an angel. Eventually it was decided that the sheer stupidity of prejudice would be underscored more clearly in the final arrangement and, indeed, several decades after the fact, the show does have a surrealist punch to it. Incidentally, theEnterpriseself-destruct sequence seen here was reprised in the feature filmStar Trek III: The Search for Spock.--Tom Keogh
The Enterprise crew gets involved with the dispute of two men whos trivial differences have led to years of pursuit and hate between each other. Real thick on it's message, but for it's time it was pretty ballsy and does represent what Trek was about, real world issues and mankind out in space.
"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" is one of those Star Trek episodes that everyone knows about or has seen but nobody actually likes. It has a memorable appearance by Frank Gorshin, cool make up, a memorable ending not to mention an important and brave anti racism message for a 60's television show, but one thing hurts the episode bad: the episode is SMOTHERED by this message. The story has the Enterprise running across a stolen shuttlecraft and find … more
Subtle is the last possible word that could be used to describe this episode. It is blunt and a bit over the top in making a point about race hatred. It all begins with the Enterprise pursuing a shuttlecraft stolen from Starbase 4. After a tractor beam brings the craft on board the Enterprise, a being from Cheron (Lokai), with one side of his face white and the other black, staggers out and collapses on the deck. He is immediately taken to sick bay where Spock and McCoy are in agreement that his … more