Air Date: 02.28.1969
I have to say, this episode gets a lot of hate but I like it. Granted, it’s not mind-blowingly awesome or deserving of five stars or even four, but it’s all right.
I suppose the thing that does it for me is the steadfast position on behalf of ideals that Kirk and his crew takes. After a season where a lot of that seemed to fly out the airlock, it was a refreshing return even if the Prime Directive was violated and Kirk is basically imposing his will on a population like an imperialist.
Still, it’s nice to see a conflict injected with ideas which is what Star Trek is about. This might not be Trek at its best, but it’s definitely nothing to be ashamed of.
Interesting Fact: Manny Coto stated in an interview that he wanted to write a Star Trek: Enterprise episode set on Stratos. Obviously, this never happened.
“This troubled planet is a place of most violent contrasts… those who receive the rewards are totally separated from those who shoulder the burdens. It is not a wise leadership.”