A Taste of Armageddon

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“A Taste of Armageddon”

Star Trek: The Original Series episode

Episode no.
Season 1
Episode 23

Directed by
Joseph Pevney

Story by
Robert Hamner

Teleplay by

Gene L. Coon
Robert Hamner

Featured music
Alexander Courage

Cinematography by
Jerry Finnerman

Production code

Original air date
February 23, 1967 (1967-02-23)

Guest appearance(s)

David Opatoshu – Anan 7
Gene Lyons – Ambassador Robert Fox
Barbara Babcock – Mea 3
Miko Mayama – Yeoman Tamura
David L. Ross – Lt. Galloway
Sean Kenney – Lt. DePaul
Robert Sampson – Sar 6
Walker Edmiston – Eminiar Security voice (Uncredited)[citation needed]

Episode chronology

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“Space Seed”
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“This Side of Paradise”

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“A Taste of Armageddon” (season #1, episode #23, production #23) is a first-season episode of the original American science fiction television series, Star Trek. It was first broadcast on February 23, 1967, and repeated July 20, 1967. It was written by Robert Hamner and Gene L. Coon, and directed by Joseph Pevney.[citation needed]
Set in the 23rd century, the series follows the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise. In this episode, the crew of the USS Enterprise visits a planet whose people fight a computer-simulated war against a neighboring planet. Although the war is fought via computer simulation, the citizens of each planet have to submit to real executions inside “disintegration booths” to meet the casualty counts of the simulated attacks. The crew of the Enterprise is caught in the middle and are told to submit themselves voluntarily for execution after being