Star Trek Season 2 Ep. 17 A Piece of the Action

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to a planet that looks like Chicago. There are a bunch of mobsters carrying tommy guns. “Put your hands over your head or you aint gonna have a head to put your hands over!” This is kind of crazy, are they aliens or human gangsters? I don’t know what to think of it but it is entertaining. The drive by was unexpected. They meet the boss and in his room there is a book called Chicago Mobs of the Twenties. The culture of the planet was influenced by the book. This episode parallels what happens in poor communities all over the world. The boss tries to muscle Kirk into giving him guns. All the slang is confusing the Enterprise team. “Check the language banks and find out what a heater is.” It is good acting for TV. There are a lot of funny quotes. “Listen pally we’re going for a ride, it can either be a taxi or a hurst!” “The most cooperative man in this world is a dead man!” piece2Kirk and Spock dress up in the mobster suits, they’re just some phonies posing. Spock’s ears draw all kinds of attention. They trick the gangster bosses into believing that they are part of a federation that came to take over the planet and make an alliance. Things get funny when the Enterprise crew tries to speak that gangster lingo. Once Kirk has the gangsters listening to him, he tell them how to run their operations and sets up a kind of government for them. Bush must have watched this episode before he invaded Iraq. Once again the crew make it back on the ship without any harm done. Some ridiculous entertainment that you find only in America.

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