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Episode Title: "A PIECE OF THE ACTION"
Production Number: 49
Original Air Date: 01-12-68
Stardates: 4598.0

Synopsis: The U.S.S. Enterprise approaches Sigma Iotia Two, a planet on the outer reaches of the Galaxy where the Horizon visited 100 years ago. The Horizon was lost shortly after visiting Sigma Iotia Two, and the United Federation of Planets just received the Horizon's radio reports a month ago, since there was no subspace communication at that time. The Horizon made contact with the Iotians before the non-interference directive went into effect, interfering with the normal evolution of the planet, which was an early industrial society at the time, with an intelligent and immitative people.

When Captain Kirk beams down to the planet with a landing party, he finds the Iotian city a replica of Twentieth Century Chicago, ruled by Bela Oxmyx, the boss of the biggest territory in the world, with about a dozen other bosses running other territories. The planet's society is modeled on the book "Chicago Mobs of the Twenties" published in 1992, and left behind by the Horizon crew, along with some textbooks on making radio sets.

Oxmyx captures the landing party, and demands that they give him advanced weapons so he can eleminate his enemies. The landing party escapes, but Kirk is captured by Jojo Krako, a competing mob boss who wants Kirk to help him take out Oxmyx.

Kirk has all the planet's major bosses transported to Oxmyx's office and demonstrates the power of the Enterprise. Kirk says the Federation is taking over, and the bosses will have to work together peacefully in the new syndicate.

After returning to the Enterprise, Dr. McCoy realizes he left behind his communicator, which contains a transtator -- the basis of all Federation technology -- which could be discovered by the immitative Iotians and further influence their society.

  • Factoid: Spock is familiar with the culture on Beta Antares Four.

  • Guest Characters: Lt. Leslie
    Alien Races: *Iotians

    KEY: [brackets]=illusions   *star=first appearance

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