That Which Survives, Ep. 69 - Kirk and company are stranded on a hostile planet where they are greeted by Losira, a beautiful woman whose touch means instant death. Meanwhile, a power surge has hurtled the U.S.S. Enterpris... more »e 1,000 light-years from the planet.
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, Ep. 70 - Kirk beams aboard two warring half-black, half-white beings, named Lokai and Bele. When Kirk tries to intervene, Bele gains control of the U.S.S. Enterprise and threatens to destroy it.« less
THAT WHICH SURVIVES
This episode isn't very exciting or epic, but I liked the plot idea. Plus the woman they got to play the lead was very pretty.
LET THAT BE YOUR LAST BATTLEFIELD
This is one on the list on "You should watch it if you want to know ANYTHING about Star Trek."
It is the famous one that was an obvious commentary on racism. An alien with a Right-Half Black Left-Half white face can't stand another Alien from the same planet because he is "White on Right Black on the Left."
They are the only two remaining of their species, but they are content to fight and kill each other because their skin is different. Yeah... it was pretty controversial, but has a good moral message. Sadly... the episode DOES move a tad slow. I like to think it was done that way so that the audience would have a chance to apply the logic to their lives... but really it was likely just poor writing.
But is is Still a MUST SEE.
My Collection of The original Series
Hermann K. Siegl | LINCOLN, NE USA | 10/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""That Which Survives" is the reason I am adding Vol.35 to my collection. There are a lot of episodes I could not stand and will not purchase. I will purchase one or two more as they become available. Video quality of these episodes is incredible. They must have produced the original series in 35mm film."
HOLY GUEST STARS!
Jared Insell | Canada | 03/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Volume 35 of the Star Trek DVD series features two good episodes from the third season with guest appearances from stars of the recently cancelled Batman TV series.Lee Meriwether plays Losira in THAT WHICH SURVIVES, the last of a long extinct alien race on a deserted planet. When the Enterprise arrives at the planet, crew men are being fatally assaulted by Losira, who keeps appearing and disappearing from the Enterprise to the planet's surface. To make matters worse The Enterprise runs into technical problems leaving Scotty to try and sort them out. In the end it turns out that Losira is nothing more than the planet's defence system which is still runnning long after she and her entire race died out. This ending is somewhat strange and leaves the viewer scratching their head. None the less THAT WHICH SURVIVES is still a good episode. The story is pretty good despite the confusing ending and ee Meriwether has always been top notch eye candy. Strangely Mr.Spock is rude to almost everyone in this episode which makes the viewer wonder......Frank Gorshin plays Bele in LET THAT BE YOUR LAST BATTLEFIELD a Charonian Police Officer tracking down an outlaw named Lokei (played by Lou Antonio). His search brings him to The Enterprise. Bele insists that Lokei has committed some terrible crimes nad must pay the price. However Lokei pleads that his kind on Charon are treated like this by authority regardless of what they have done. Essentially this episode tackles the racism issue head on. Bele and Lokei are both Charonians but Bele has black skin on the right side and white on the left while Lokei is the reverse. The entire conflict seems to be a big joke but thats what the producers wanted to get across. That racism was ridiculous and pointless. The problem with this episode is it is way too preachy. The story is basically Bele and Lokei screaming at eachother about morals throughout. Thus the message is crammed down viewers throats. Still this is a great Star Trek episode despite the lack o developed plot. Good casting and a stragnely effective episode that deals with this issue that plagued the 60's.Overall this is one of the better third season DVD's. There are flaws but it's not terrible. These are two goods episodes with great guest stars. Highly recommended!"
Long After Their Races Have Died...
Bruce Rux | Aurora, CO | 08/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"...some people just keep on pluggin' the same old paranoia."That Which Survives" suffers from terrible cheapness, though it benefits from an interesting performance by Lee Meriwether as the image of the last surviving member of a long-dead alien race, Losira, who is now nothing more than a computerized planetary defense system...for an entirely extinct race, that can no longer benefit from it. Losira begins appearing and disappearing aboard the Enterprise, killing various crew members and performing acts of sabotage. Kirk and Crew go on an alien hunt on the nearest planet, and there also encounter the strange woman, whom they correctly surmise is some sort of lethal hologram. The story hasn't got much plot, but it holds your attention, and Lee Meriwether was always first-rate eye-candy."Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" is a great episode, if heavy-handed. Lou Antonio and Frank Gorshin are the last surviving members of two severely prejudicial races living on the planet Charon, their polarized attitudes evident even on their very bodies: one is white on the right side and black on the left, the other black on the right side and white on the left. Antonio's race is the oppressed proletariat class, Gorshin's the decadent bourgeois - Antonio seeks asylum on board the Enterprise, and Gorshin, a Charonian policeman, demands his return for trial on several crimes. The aliens begin infecting the Enterprise with their enflamed rhetoric, and prove to be utterly consumed by hatred of each other and ruthless in the extreme as to achieving their separate goals.What's best in this episode are the performances of the two guest stars, the fiery Gorshin especially, and the all too memorable finale in which the perpetual antagonists deliberately throw themselves into eternal warfare rather than work out their differences - even once they know their home planet has completely destroyed itself in precisely the same useless conflict, and they, themselves, are its only surviving remnants."
Rottenberg's rotten book review | nyc | 05/06/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, so I missed the fact that both of these episodes include frequent Batman guest stars, but that was only because I was so overwhelmed with the emotional subtext of each episode.By now, any Trekker can tell you that "Let that be your last Battlefield" was a thinly veiled cautionary story about racial violence. Not playing obvious favorites between the two antagonists - the fugitive Lokei, and his pursuer, Bele (Frank Gorshin) - the script quickly boils down their anamosity to pure hate. The script tosses in some references - Lokei's people were once held a tier below Bele's, but received less than sincere aid as redress; also we'd sympathize with Lokei who was running - but soon blurs them to assure us that nothing really compensates for their shared hatred. In the end, Lokei and Bele return to their burned world - with the camera uncharacteristically bleeding in imagery of burned out cities.In "That Which Survives", the landing party (this is classic Trek, man - there are no "away teams") beams down to a strangely undynamic world. Unfortunately, the planet is actually a spaceship with its own built-in security system - one capable of flinging the Enterprise across the sector and marooning the landing party. The system also takes the form of Losira (Lee Meriwether), a the last of the race of aliens who built the planet. Both the landing party and the crew back on the Enterprise piece together the clues to the nature of the artificial planet and the ghost image that can inflict a very real death on anybody it finds (by "disrupting" every cell of her victims with but a touch; I've seen this episode a million times and I still don't know what "cellular disruption" means, but I'm sure it's got to be pretty bad). Yeah, this is another one of those episodes about an ancient or otherwise high-powered computer that achieves sentience ("ultimate computer", "Changeling", "Return of the Archons", "For the World is Hollow") and the end is again a bit of comedown (Spock to the rescue with a phaser) but the script creates one of the series's more intriguing example of artificial intelligence - you keep thinking that she'll cry before she has to kill somebody. The real Losira, the crew decides, must have been some woman. Luckily in recreating her, the computer copied her too well. (The same concept appears in the first Trek movie). Watch this trek, but make sure ypu've got something light and funny to back it up with Harry Mud or "A Piece of the Action"."
Not too bad, but could have been better.
McHenry John | McHenry, Illinois United States | 09/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" probably has one of the cheesiest "special effects" from "Star Trek"....Bele's "invisible" ship. They could've saved themselves alot of embarrassment by saying, "It's cloaked". Other that, that, the message is desperately needed for today."