(Note: This post appears as a page elsewhere on this site. If you haven’t read it yet, my introductory post on this Star Trek: The Original Series rewatch is a good place to start. Previous essays on specific episodes can be found here.) Original Air Date: January 17, 1969 Crew Death Count: 0 Bellybuttons: 0…
Persistence in building a society of equals is what sets the Federation apart from Garth and his acolytes.
"Only a fool fights in a burning house."
There's nothing wrong, once in a while, with a little mindless entertainment.
Learning when to take action versus when to sit still - choosing our battles, in other words - is one of life's more challenging lessons.
The real problem with technology is never the actual hardware or software, but the people designing and using it.
The episode raises important questions about balancing the Prime Directive’s non-interference mandate with offering support to a struggling society.
Why is it okay to joke about poisoning a food supply in The Trouble with Tribbles but not criminals with guns in this episode? Maybe it's because elements of A Piece of the Action cut too close to home
Choose your experts, then let your experts do the choosing.
Blind faith is dangerous for those who fall prey to it and the entire society they will subsequently corrupt.