Air Date: 01.10.1969
I’m one to believe that message episodes like this one should be delivered with delicate surgery where this one is delivered with a spike and a sledgehammer.
While reducing something like racism to a simplistic thing to illustrate how stupid it is can be a plausible notion, here it’s so damned obvious that it comes out as pretentious and preachy.
The direction in this episode is so off the mark that it becomes something to laugh at. The zoom in and zoom outs on the red alert bar, the closeups… it’s just strange and destroys the episode’s credibility.
This episode is a tremendous blown opportunity that, in another universe, could have been a groundbreaking story.
Interesting Fact: The self destruct sequence is used again almost word-for-word in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
“There was persecution on Earth once; I remember reading about it in my history class.”