> TOS > EPISODES
> DAY OF THE DOVE
A U.S.S. Enterprise landing party beams to a human-colonized
planet in answer to a distress call. A Klingon ship, apparently damaged,
is detected and a group of Klingons accuse Kirk of having damaged their
ship. Kang, their leader, claims the U.S.S. Enterprise as a prize
and Kirk beams the Klingons on board, reluctantly. However, Spock is
warned by Kirk and quickly takes the Klingons prisoner. Both ships seem
to have received the same, false, distress call.
A malevolent entity has entered into the U.S.S. Enterprise
computer and excites both sides to aggressive behavior. It forces the
ship out of control, rushing toward the galactic rim, while isolating a
number of Klingons and U.S.S. Enterprise crew, heightening their
sense of paranoia and violence turning them against each other. Phasers
become swords and the battle begins.
Spock finally realizes that the entity feeds off hatred and emotional
excitation and has acted as a catalyst to provoke combat, keeping the
numbers on both sides even. Kirk is able, in the end, to make a
common-cause truce with the Klingons and they drive the creature out of
the ship with their laughter.