A Piece of the Action
Episode 17 of 26 within Season Two. Item 47 of 90 overall.
Production number 6149-49.
David P. Harmon - Story
Gene L. Coon - Teleplay
David P. Harmon - Teleplay
James Komack - Director
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Stardate: 4598.0 --Kirk and the Enterprise try to make contact with the people of Sigma Iotia II who are extremely prone to suggestion.In fact they have modeled their culture around the a book “Chicago Mobs of the Twenties” left behind by another Federation starship.

Meanwhile, Kirk and a landing party beam down into, what appears to be, the middle of early twentieth century gang war and are taken prisoner after following the Prime Directive and not supplying weapons to the people.

original airdate--January 12, 1968  

network: NBC

music:"Theme from Star Trek" "Where No Man Has Gone Before" by Alexander Courage


Alien Races: Iotians

Trivia--Kirk and Spock "borrow" an old-fashioned Earth-style car (which Spock even refers to as a "flivver"). This is the only time in Star Trek: The Original Series that any character is depicted using ground transportation.

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


Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Klingon: logh: HeH Qav'e'. DaH 'entepray' Duj lengmey lutalu'. Qu' vagh-DIS: Huj chu' qo', yISam yIn tayqeq chu', vay' boldly nuqDaq V pagh 'ej explore.

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Previous episode :
046 The Gamesters of Triskelion
Next episode :
048 The Immunity Syndrome

alternative title

Also known as - Klingon='ay' Action

regional titles

Een stuk van de actie
A Piece of the Action
Une partie des actions
Píosa den Gníomh
Chicago anni 20
Parte de la AcciÛn