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The Omega Glory
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Quick Overview: Captain Kirk must battle a deadly virus and prevent a meaningless war.
The starship USS Enterprise intercepts a distress call and locates the USS Exeter in orbit around the planet Omega IV. The crew tries to contact the vessel but gets no reply. Captain Kirk forms a boarding party along with Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Lieutenant Galloway and heads over to the ship. Upon their arrival, they find the ship entirely deserted, but then notice crew uniforms laying around with a crystalline substance piled around them. Dr. McCoy determines that the substance and uniforms are all that remain of the ship's crew.
Mr. Spock plays back the ship's log and discovers that the Exeter's landing party contracted a strange disease, and spread it back to the ship. The log also warns that whoever comes aboard will have also contracted the disease and are doomed unless they go down to the planet immediately. Kirk contacts the Enterprise and informs them of his situation and indicates the boarding party will proceed to the planet.
The party beams down to the last known coordinates of the Exeter's landing party. When they arrive they find themselves in what appears to be a Tibetan village, where two primitive fur-clad humanoids, a male and a female, are being prepared for execution by warriors of an Asian appearance. Apparently leading the warriors is the Exeter's Captain Ron Tracey. Tracey orders the warriors to lock up the primitive tribespeople instead and walks over to greet Kirk.
Tracey explains that after his landing party beamed down he stayed behind with the villagers who he calls the Kohms. His landing party returned to the Exeter and then succumbed to a disease that they took with them, leaving him stranded on the planet. He explains that the disease had almost wiped out the planet's people, but the survivors where spared and developed an immunity that keeps them alive. Something on the planet provides the immunity, and the landing party will be fine only if they remain on the planet. They can never again return to their ship, or they will die and so will everyone else who is exposed. Tracey also explains the primitive prisoners are from a group of savage barbarians called the Yangs, who have waged war with the Kohms.
Soon the Yangs attack the village, and Galloway is injured. McCoy takes him to a small hut where Galloway lays on the floor. Mr. Spock investigates a pile of Yang bodies and finds drained phaser power packs, indicating the Exeter landing party has helped out in a pervious battle. Kirk considers Tracey to be in violation of the Prime Directive and that he should not have interfered in the affairs of the Omegans.
Tracey defends his decision indicating that the planet may offer valuable medical benefits. Tracey claims that not only are the people immune to the disease, but have incredibly long life spans. Tracey tells his villager assistant, Woo, to let Kirk know how old he is, and Woo claims he is 400 years old. His father, who is still alive, is over a thousand. McCoy is astonished, and Tracey requests that Dr. McCoy get to work on solving the secrets of their longevity.
Kirk realizes Tracey is obsessively mad, and tries to contact the Enterprise. Tracey produces a phaser, and takes Kirk's communicator. Lt. Galloway draws his phaser and tries to protect his Captain, but Tracey quickly disintegrates him. Tracey has Kirk and Spock taken away, and then orders McCoy to remain and conduct the research.
Meanwhile Kirk and Spock are placed in crude jail cells. Spock in one cell and Kirk thrown in the one with the two Yang prisoners. The two Yangs savagely attacks Kirk. Spock manages to nerve pinch the female into submission, but the male is too far away and begins to strangle Kirk. Kirk tries to talk to him and mentions the word "freedom", and the Yang suddenly releases him. Kirk catches his breath as the barbarian looks upon him curiously, informing that "freedom" is one the "sacred words".
Kirk doesn't understand what the tribesman is talking about, but manages to convince him to help him escape. The two work together to loosen the bars of the cell window. Once an opening is created, the Yang turns on Kirk and knocks him out, grabbing the female and making their escape out the window. Kirk later recovers and he and Spock make their own escape, overpowering a Kohm guard and then rushing to locate Dr. McCoy.
They find McCoy has made significant progress in his research. He believes the source of the immunity and longevity was simply the result of evolution as the lifeforms of the planet eventually built up over time since a cataclysmic war fought with devastating bioweapons that ruined the rival civilizations of the planet. As such, there is no isolated agent to find while any infected visitor can naturally acquire an immunity to the disease by remaining on the planet for a period of time. Such time has already passed and they could safely return to the ship immediately.
Suddenly, a maddened Tracey then bursts in and demands Kirk order down a supply of phasers from the Enterprise and help fight off another wave of Yang forces who are now at the gates. Kirk tries to explain to him that there is no magic Fountain of Youth and his interference with the war between the villagers and barbarians has been for nothing. Tracey's mind snaps at this invalidation of all of his efforts and refuses to believe that they could safely at any time.
Suddenly Yang warriors arrive and hold everyone prisoner. They take them back to their village, which is more or less, ruins of an ancient city. Kirk is shocked when the yang leader, Cloud William, turns out to be the Yang prisoner who was in the cell with. Cloud produces what appears to be a very old and faded American Flag and then removes ancient manuscripts from a box and recites their words.
The words sound very familiar; "We the People... in order to form a more perfect union..." and Kirk figures out it is the Constitution of the United States. McCoy wonders how it is possible, and Spock surmises that the planet developed under very similar lines as Earth, suggesting the Khoms are a play off the Communist and Yangs a play off Yankees. Apparently, the Omegans had a Cold War much like the one between the United States and the Soviet Union, and they fought a biological, and nuclear conflict many centuries ago which destroyed the planet.
The Yangs decide that Kirk and his companions will be executed, but Tracey tries to save himself, claiming that Kirk and the others are evil and have instigated the conflict. Cloud decides to test Kirk, claiming that if Kirk is good, he will be able to finish reciting the "sacred words". Unfortunately, Kirk doesn't have the constitution memorized, and suggests they allow him and Tracey to fight to the death, to see who is the "evil one", since good always triumphs over evil.
Kirk and Tracey go at it, and during the fight, Spock notices Cloud's female companion holds a communicator. Spock uses a mental suggestion to make the woman activate the communicator. She obeys Spock's mental commands and triggers the emergency locator. Suddenly Mr. Sulu and a security team beam down to their location. They see Kirk and Tracey fighting, just as Kirk pins him down. Kirk spares Tracey's life and has his security team take him into custody.
The Yangs now bow to Kirk as some kind of deity, and Cloud offers him the "sacred papers". Kirk looks over the crumbling had written document which is in fact a distorted version of the American Constitution. Kirk finishes the sacred speech, and declares to the Yangs that the words must apply to all, hoping they will now rebuild their ruined world. Before departing, Kirk stops to take one last look at Old Glory.
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