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Star Trek TOS, S01E26 “Errand of Mercy”

As I wrote in the previous Star Trek DS9 post, the Klingons of DS9 are “a bunch of buffoons who, in a real universe, could never organize into an economy capable of producing space ships.”

To get a better perspective, I decided to go back in time and watch the original Star Trek episode that introduced the Klingons, “Errand of Mercy,” which is the 26th episode of the first season. This episode first aired in March, 1967. Wow, has it really been fifty years?

This turned out to be a much deeper episode than I had realized. That’s what’s so great about the original series. Underneath the surface of the bad acting (especially by William Shatner), the laughable special effects and background music, and sometimes really awful plots, there is often a thought-provoking philosophical element to be found.

The show begins with the Enterprise being fired upon by “Klingons.” Kirk orders the Enterprise crew to return fire, and the enemy ship is destroyed. Uhura then receives a communication from Starfleet that they are now at war with the Klingon Empire. Kirk is to proceed to Organia, the only life-supporting planet in a strategic sector that both sides want as a base for military operations. (Plot hole: if the planet is so strategic, why have both sides completely ignored it until now?)

Kirk and Spock beam down to the planet, leaving Sulu in command with orders to flee if a Klingon fleet arrives. Down on the planet, Kirk and Spock encounter what looks like a pre-industrial-revolution village. The natives look exactly like humans. At the end of the episode, we learn that the Organians are actually energy beings who have evolved beyond the need for bodies, so the reason they look like humans is that they have taken a form that humans would be comfortable interacting with.

Kirk goes to speak with the council of elders, while Spock leaves him take some “tricorder” readings.

(Reality check: Planets are huge. What’s the chance that Kirk, randomly beaming down somewhere on a huge planet would be within a short walk of the council of elders representing the entire planet? Furthermore, a pre-industrial-revolution planet wouldn’t have a central planet-wide government. The lack of advanced communications and travel technology makes such a thing impossible. Even in the 21st century, planet Earth still doesn’t have a central planet-wide government representing all of humanity that could negotiate with aliens. This is something that is ignored in just about every Star Trek episode. But we can assume that Gene Roddenberry was very much in favor of one government for all of Earth, a situation that would put an end to wars between nations. It should be noted that, in the future, the humans didn’t have to deal with crazy religions like Islam. All of the humans in Starfleet seem to be agnostic or atheist. The absence of crazy religions makes it a lot easier for everyone to get along.)

Kirk tries to explain to the council the dangers the Klingons pose to Organia. The Klingons are a “military dictatorship” and “war is their way of life.” They would put all of the Organians into “slave labor camps” and the Organians would have “no freedoms whatsoever.” The Organians just smile and have absolutely no concern for any of the things that Kirk says about the Klingons. Kirk gets extremely frustrated with the Organians, whom to Kirk just seem too stupid to understand their situation.

Spock comes back from doing his tricorder reading and informs Kirk that the Organian culture is completely stagnant and they have made no technological or cultural progress in thousands of years. This causes Spock, who is a man of science, to have a negative opinion of the Organians. How dare they have a lack of any scientific curiosity! (Spock’s tricorder is, apparently, not sophisticated enough to pick up on the fact that the Organians are pure energy beings and that the buildings, artifacts and people are creations designed to trick lesser species.)

One of the men from the council of elders informs the room that “eight space vehicles have assumed orbit around our planet. They are activating their material transmission units.” The Klingons have arrived. But how does an old guy from a technologically backwards civilization possibly know such a thing? This is the first hint that the Organians are not what they seem, but Kirk and Spock ignore it (as well as other hints dropped later in the episode).

The Organians give Kirk and Spock native clothing so that the Klingons won’t know they’re from Starfleet. Because Spock doesn’t look like a human or an Organian, they give him a cover story that he’s a Vulcan trader dealing in “kevas and trillium” (meaningless names never explained).

And then finally, the Klingons enter! The first time in the history of Star Trek that we see Klingons. And they look just like humans! In fact, they look just like white American humans wearing makeup to make their skin darker. The leader of the Klingons, Kor, is played by John Colicos who later played Baltar in the Battlestar Galactica series.

The most obvious difference between Klingons in the newer series and in the original series is their changed appearance. I always assumed that the thinking behind the change was that in the 1960s they were too cheap or too unsophisticated in the use of makeup to make the Klingons look the way they were always intended to look. However, after re-watching “Errand of Mercy,” I realize now that is not the case. The Klingons were intentionally made to look like humans in order to demonstrate the important point that humans and Klingons are very much alike.

The similarity of humans and Klingons is first demonstrated in this scene as Kor takes a liking to Kirk who is doing a bad job of pretending to be Baroner, a “leading citizen.” While all the other Organians smile placidly at the Klingons without the slightest trace of anger at the sudden incursion of aliens, Kirk is unable to hide his disdain of the situation, and Kor likes that about Kirk because he’s the only person on the planet that Kor can relate to. “Good honest hatred,” says Kor. “Very refreshing.” Kor appoints Kirk as liaison between the Klingons and the Organians because Kor doesn’t trust people who smile too much. Kor also lets everyone know that if one Klingon soldier is killed, then a thousand Organians will die in retaliation.

Kor however, doesn’t trust Spock, so he orders his men to take Spock and subject him to the Klingon “mind scanner.” Kor explains the mind scanner to Kirk. “We can record every thought, every bit of knowledge in a man’s mind. Of course, when that much force is used, the mind is emptied. Permanently, I’m afraid. What’s left is more vegetable than human.” The mind scanner sounds like something that would be banned by the Geneva Convention if it existed on Earth, only to be used by evil dictators like Hitler. It’s interesting how easily we are led to see the Klingons as evil based only on Kirk’s say-so plus Kor’s description of the mind scanner and his threat of disproportionate response if a Klingon soldier is killed.

Luckily for Spock, his Vulcan mind is able to evade the mind scanner and the Klingons believe his cover story, that he’s just a dealer in kivas and trillium.

In the next scene, Kirk and Spock are walking outside and an arrogant Klingon soldier bumps into Kirk and tells him to get out of the way. Kirk, who is too much of an alpha male to deal with this sort of slight, turns around to beat the crap out of the Klingon, but Spock stops him from doing so. Kirk was unable to hold back his temper and turn the other cheek, even though if Spock hadn’t stopped him, Kirk would surely have been arrested and executed as an example to other Organians. And by doing so, he wouldn’t only have sacrificed his own life for the brief pleasure of retaliation, he would have also compromised his mission to secure the planet as a base for the Federation. The purpose of this scene is to show us that, underneath the Starfleet uniform, Kirk still has savage chimpanzee emotions, and that Kirk is more like the Klingons than the Organians.

In the next scene, Kirk and Spock commit an act of terrorism by blowing up some crates that contain chemical explosives. This was before “terrorism” was a commonly used word, so it was never called “terrorism” in the episode. It should be noted that Spock, who is supposed to be more logical than humans, approved of the plan. Conveniently, no Klingons are killed, so Kirk can still maintain the moral high ground. But what’s the value of terrorism that doesn’t kill anyone, that just destroys a few crates? Where’s the terror in that? (Plot hole: Why did the Klingons need crates of chemical explosives? Didn’t they have phasers? And why leave crates like that in the village?)

In the next scene, Kirk is trying to explain his action to the council of elders, who are aghast that Kirk committed violence. Kirk is pissed at the Organians because they “don’t have the backbone to fight and protect their loved ones.”

Unbeknownst to Kirk, the Klingons installed a security camera in the council chamber, so they come and arrest him and Spock. The council of elders tell the Klingons that “Baroner” is actually Captain James T. Kirk. Kor, while delighted to have captured a Starfleet captain and his first officer, expresses his contempt for the Organian council of elders for betraying their friend who was trying to help them. Kirk and Kor have their first bonding moment because they both feel the same way about the Organians.

Then Kor has a talk with Kirk in his office. This is the most important scene in the episode. Kor offers Kirk a drink (we assume it’s alcohol) but Kirk refuses because of his hatred of Kor. The difference between Kirk and Kor is the Kirk needs to believe that his enemies are evil and that he must hate them. Kor, on the other hand, is motivated by his nationalistic feelings for the Klingon Empire. His duty is to do whatever it takes to make the Klingon Empire more powerful. Kirk is just someone who stands in the way of the Empire’s expansion, but not someone whom Kor needs to hate.

KOR: You of the Federation, you are much like us.
KIRK [with anger in his voice]: We’re nothing like you. We’re a democratic body.
KOR: Come now. I’m not referring to minor ideological differences. I mean that we are similar as a species. Here we are on a planet of sheep. Two tigers, predators, hunters, killers, and it is precisely that which makes us great. And there is a universe to be taken.

Kor has more wisdom than Kirk. Indeed, the Klingons aren’t that much more different from humans than the United States was different from Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan. We were all humans with the same genes, we were just raised with different ideologies. I genuinely believe Kor when he says that he wishes that Kirk would tell him what he needs to know so that he doesn’t have to use the mind scanner on him and turn him into a vegetable.

Kor has Kirk and Spock put into a medieval cell and gives Kirk twelve hours before he uses the mind scanner on him. Kirk and Spock talk about other terrorist options they could use if they escape. Then the leader of the Organian council opens the door of the cell to rescue them. (But what happened to the Klingon guards? Another hint that the Organians are not what they seem.) Back in the council chamber, Kirk threatens violence against the Organians unless they return their phasers. (Kirk behaves much like the Klingons.) The Organians return the phasers. Then Kirk gives a short speech in which he says how much he despises the Organians, but nevertheless he’s going to go out with his phasers and go down fighting in order to show the Organians that “there are things worth dying for.”

Kirk and Spock break into the Klingon headquarters. Their phasers are set to “stun” so that they can continue to maintain the moral high ground that the two guards they shot on the way in weren’t killed. A third guard is rendered unconscious using the Vulcan nerve pinch. Then they reach Kor’s office. The two sides once again express their different philosophies towards war. Kor sees war as a game, and not as a struggle of good against evil the way that Kirk does. Kor predicts victory for the Klingons because the Federation has soft emotions like mercy. (Indeed, Kirk couldn’t even bring himself to kill any of the Klingon guards on the way in).

Klingon guards burst into the room. It’s game over for Kirk and Spock! But wait, it’s not! Everyone’s phasers become too hot to hold and they have to drop them. Then they try to have a fist fight, but when fists contact the body of the enemy, they feel the same intense heat. Then two guys from the Organian council enter and explain that they made things so that all instruments of war are 350 degrees (presumably Fahrenheit), and that even includes their fleets. Kirk and Kor are encouraged to call up to their ships, and Sulu confirms that all of the bridge controls are too hot to touch. The Organians explain that they are putting a stop to the war.

Both Kirk and Kor are angry at the Organians. “What gives you the right” demands Kirk. “You can’t interfere. What happens in space is not your business” says Kor. One of the Organians says, “We find interference in other people’s affairs, most disgusting, but you gentlemen have given us no choice. ”

KIRK: Even if you have some power that we don’t understand, you have no right to dictate to our Federation
KOR: Or our Empire!
KIRK: How to handle their interstellar relations! We have the right

You see, war with the Klingons makes Kirk feel nationalistic, and that causes Kirk to feel the same way about things as Kor.

AYELBORNE [one of the Organians]: To wage war, Captain? To kill millions of innocent people? To destroy life on a planetary scale? Is that what you’re defending?

After Ayelborne says that, there is dramatic music played (in the Star Trek fashion) and the focus is on Kirk’s face. Kirk realizes finally that he has been acting like a savage Klingon and not like the supposedly more enlightened Federation.

The Organian predicts that eventually the humans and Klingons will become friends. And that prediction is based not on any foreknowledge of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but rather an observation by Gene Roddenberry or whomever wrote the script of how the United States became friends with Japan and Germany after World War II.

The Organians then explain how they have evolved beyond the needs of physical bodies, and are now disgusted by violent lower life forms such as humans and Klingons. This is ironic, because throughout the episode, both Kor and Kirk were disgusted by the Organians whom they viewed as less technologically advanced and unable to understand the noble values of fighting against an enemy.

After the Organians turn into pure energy and disappear, Spock observes that the Organians are “not life as we know it at all” and then that “the Organians are as far above us on the evolutionary scale as we are above the amoeba.” (Dramatic music plays in the background.)

KIRK: Well, Commander, I guess that takes care of the war. Obviously, the Organians aren’t going to let us fight.
KOR: A shame, Captain. It would have been glorious.

Unlike Kirk, Kor is not embarrassed about anything because he never pretended to be an anti-war do-gooder. He is only disappointed that he was unable to fight a “glorious” war.

* * *

Using the Dungeons and Dragons alignment system, one could say that the original series Klingons are Lawful Evil, while the Deep Space Nine Klingons are chaotic neutral.

* * *

So, is there some message here that’s pro-Trump or pro-Black Lives Matter or pro-something else that’s relevant to current political controversies?

I really prefer not to think of it that way. Gene Roddenberry had an honest utopian vision of a future in which mankind, instead of killing each other in war, would instead focus on self-actualizing pursuits.

At least, unlike a modern TV show, there were no women involved in the manly pursuits of war or diplomacy.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Posted in Television

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  1. Shatner’s acting was brilliantly pitch perfect in the series. He’s a true talent. Even so, Nimoy was even better as Spock.

    I watched the whole series on netflix for the first time a couple years ago and was thoroughly entertained the entire time. Many of the episodes, like the original Twilight Zone, have real genius. It was so good in fact, that shortly after finishing the series I attempted Next Generation and couldn’t even finish the second episode it was so poor by comparison.

    Andrew E.

    February 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    • Though the series and following films were all saddled with the fact that Doohey, who plays Scotty, cannot act even a little bit.

      Andrew E.

      February 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    • Shatner is a one trick pony and thus is a bad actor. His trademark huffing-gesture and haughty demeanor were seen throughout his acting career without any other acting styles. From the Twilight Zone, Captain Jerk and TJ Hooker, he was just Captain Kirk of Star Trek throughout the shows we’ve all watched.


      February 6, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    • Agree. Lion’s diss at Shatner’s acting is laughable and in bad faith. I just wish Seinfeld-David had found a cameo for him. And by the way, it’s Colicos.

      Explainer 21

      February 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    • TNG got better in later years, as Gene Roddenberry’s involvement tapered off.

      Roddenberry’s hippyish influence was balanced by Gene Coon’s in TOS.

      Dave Pinsen

      February 6, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      • ….Roddenberry’s hippyish influence

        Interesting that Roddenberry was a military veteran and LA cop before becoming a writer.

        Not exactly the profile of a left liberal hippy-dippy writer. But I guess he was.


        February 7, 2017 at 6:54 am

    • Agree Shatner is much better than Lion says. Check out “The Intruder” on YouTube.

      While the first season or two of TNG was painful, it hit its stride and got much better.

      February 6, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      • The first two seasons Roddenberry was battling with writers and funders opposing his TNG vision. He eventually laid down the law and got a path-breaking series that said what he wanted…


        February 7, 2017 at 10:14 am

  2. Fun read, Lion.

    I do have to disagree about what you call “terrorism.” Blowing up enemy war material is a totally legit act of war, and in this case there aren’t even any Klingon civilians on the entire planet!


    February 6, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    • Exactly.


      February 6, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    • Obviously. Wondering if Lion was serious.

      February 6, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    • But the government of Organia had already stated they would not resist the Klingon invasion (which amounts to surrender). So what Kirk did surely falls under the rubric of illegal partisan activity. Kirk isn’t wearing his Starfleet Uniform, nor is he acting under the authority of the Organia High Council. If not a terrorist, then what is he?


      February 6, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      • Its called a Black Op you fool. There’s a whole Klingon Occupation Army on Organia. Kirk and Spock can’t just beam down wearing Starfllet Uniforms to an occupied planet. Organia looks for all intents and purposes to be a medieval society of quaint olde European Architecture. It isn’t til Spock uses his Tricorder that even he realizes something is strange because the buildings are far too old to be a functioning society. He suggests its a state of extreme arrested development. I suppose the Federation didn’t ever approach them because without a full Tricorder scan to gauge the age of the structures, it looks like a society far too primitive to contact. Only a Klingon Occupation would make them land a party to contact them because of the War situation.

        Joshua Sinistar

        February 7, 2017 at 6:56 pm

  3. Holy shit this is long. Is it messed up that I’m not that big of a Star Trek fan (or even Star Wars, for that matter)?


    February 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm

  4. The secret to why the Klingons look human in TOS and have bumpy foreheads otherwise is because there are different types of Klingons. All is explained in the three episode arc of Enterprise, “Borderland”, “Cold Station 12” and “The Augments”,

    Mike Street Station

    February 6, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    • Yeah and that shows how dumb Klingons are. They caught something that made them look human and all they had to do was shave and they could infiltrate as spies like “Trouble with Tribbles”, but instead of counting their blessings at that dumb luck, they found a cure that made them look alien and could no longer easily infiltrate.
      Of course the real reason is Roddenberry had a big hate on for rival Irwin Allen Series Lost In Space, but people kept bringing up that his Trek costumes were cheap. Sure some of Irwin Allen’s Monsters looked dumb, but the aliens on Original Trek were just elf ears and chinese wigs, fake beards and a whole lot of aliens that were just humans. Not only that, but some aliens were humans that resembled costumes from Central Casting. Like Depression-Era Gangsters, Nazis, Romans, and American Indians. On alien planets.
      So when Star Trek: The Motion Picture started after Star Wars broke records, Roddenberry blew a whole bunch of dough on alien costumes that put crustaceans on Klingon Heads. They all looked like they had lobsters in their hair and then crabs on their foreheads. There were a whole bunch of aliens in Motion Picture that were seen on the recreation deck and weren’t even used in the rest of the film.

      Joshua Sinistar

      February 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm

  5. Just imagine if we had thhe Klingon mind swedp here. For one thing, there’d be no gay marriage because we’d be able to objectively negate the assertion that opposition was based on “hate,” which ( don’t ask me how) was the basis of their federal civil rights suit. And we’d also know that “refugees” have visions of welfare sugar plums dancing in their heads.


    February 6, 2017 at 8:08 pm

  6. I’m not a trekky but that was fun to read, regardless!

    I may start watching Star Trek due to this.


    February 6, 2017 at 8:19 pm

  7. One of the best TNG episodes, Journey’s End (S7, E20), riffed on this. Wesley stops time during a fight between Indian colonists and the Federation and the Traveler appears. Wesley wants an Organian-style solution, but the Traveler talks him out of it: “Have faith in the humans to solve their own problems”.

    Dave Pinsen

    February 6, 2017 at 8:39 pm

  8. I loved this episode when I was a kid!‎

    This turned out to be a much deeper episode than I had realized.

    Most of the ToS episodes are, which is why I like them. I much prefer science-fiction-as-way-to-explore-philosophy than SF as pure escapism, which invariably leads to irritating complaints from some quarters about “realism” or lack thereof.‎

    meaningless names never explained).

    Dude, I don’t know about kevas, but trillium isn’t a “meaningless” thing. It’s the provincial flower of Ontario. It is!‎

    Using the Dungeons and Dragons alignment system, one could say that the original series Klingons are Lawful Evil, while the Deep Space Nine Klingons are chaotic neutral

    Wicked, this blog is approaching geek nirvana at warp speed.‎

    I really prefer not to think of it that way.

    Well, you can *always* draw lessons that are relevant to you personally. What this episode reminds me of is Christianity, where you have skeptics thinking they’re “smarter” than Christians when they actually have no idea.‎

    At least, unlike a modern TV show, there were no women involved in the manly pursuits of war or diplomacy.

    Agreed! And on that note, don’t let’s forget that ToS contains the very greatest illustration of Game and the Alpha Male (and the female’s reaction to Alpha) ever filmed, in Space Seed

    SJ, Esquire (formerly Samson J)

    February 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    • “Using the Dungeons and Dragons alignment system, one could say that the original series Klingons are Lawful Evil, while the Deep Space Nine Klingons are chaotic neutral‎

      Wicked, this blog is approaching geek nirvana at warp speed.‎”

      I bet that most of my readers understand the point I was making.

      “Space Seed”

      That’s another iconic TOS episode I should re-watch.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 6, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      • Here’s someone who doesn’t understand alignment. The Klingons in the Original Series are a hostile alien Empire and the DS9 Klingons are practically space hobos. After their oxygen plant blew up, that whole long period of Klingon Expansion turned into endless nihilism. They didn’t so much change alignment as lose all their purpose in life. They still want to kill people and die in combat. They just don’t have opportunities to do it anymore.
        Maybe they need a new source of oxygen? Maybe if they built a giant transforming spaceship that could suck the atmosphere off of other planets? How many planets have an atmospheric security system like Planetary Airlock? Just have the password written down somewhere, you don’t want a code like your luggage.

        Joshua Sinistar

        February 7, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    • “Agreed! And on that note, don’t let’s forget that ToS contains the very greatest illustration of Game and the Alpha Male (and the female’s reaction to Alpha) ever filmed, in Space Seed”

      That’s true. I included a clip of that very scene in my review of Star Trek Into Darkness.

      Mike Street Station

      February 7, 2017 at 5:56 am

      • Thanks for sharing the link, but I don’t agree with your review. First of all, Cumberbatch *blew* as Khan, precisely because he was supremely lacking in the alpha charisma that is supposed to define the man. Cumberbatch played Khan as an almost robotic sociopath, not at all what was called for.

        Furthermore, I don’t agree when you advise your readers “not to try this at home.” No, *do* try it at home, men.

        SJ, Esquire (formerly Samson J)

        February 7, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      • They ruined the fighting scene between Khan and Kirk in the Space Seed. They should have allowed Spock to assist in the duel, because Khan was almost invincible. He could have vulcan pinched him. Of course, this happened later in Star Trek into Darkness (but who cares about these recent shows for any die hard trekkie)


        February 7, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      • Oh come on. Spock may have many times the strength of Kirk, but his nerve pinch is his whole move set. If you want to see how lame this would have been, then watch the Gary Seven episode that was supposed to be a premiere for a spin-off series. Gary Seven is a perfect human specimen with fighting skills that amaze, but since he knows the Vulcans use the nerve pinch he blocks it. Its here you actually see that Spock’s famous Vulcan Nerve Pinch isn’t a finishing move, but his only move. Basically he either knocks you out with it, or he can’t do anything. He doesn’t punch, kick or chop at all. This would be the lamest and most boring fight scene ever.

        Joshua Sinistar

        February 7, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      • “hanks for sharing the link, but I don’t agree with your review. First of all, Cumberbatch *blew* as Khan, precisely because he was supremely lacking in the alpha charisma that is supposed to define the man. Cumberbatch played Khan as an almost robotic sociopath, not at all what was called for.”

        .Well my point was that it didn’t really matter if Cumberbatch was playing Khan or his assumed identity of John Harrison because his role in the movie really had nothing to do with a deposed dictator wanting to reclaim his kingdom at any price. This Khan agreed to be a weapons maker for the Federation (another preposterous problem with the movie) and…that’s it. Since this Khan was genetically different type of Khan, he really wasn’t Khan.

        Mike Street Station

        February 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      • In the Space Seed Khan and his henchmen were exiled into the planet Alpha Ceti V, which looked like New Mexico or Arizona back then — playing the stereotypes of the Mexican rogues and their White followers in those regions — then to be fast forwarded to The Wrath of Khan, and the planet is completely inhospitable. Lt Marla McGivers who followed Khan to the planet, either died from his own hands or a became a victim to his brain eels.


        February 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm

  9. A popular meme on the Left is that Trump’s approval rating is declining, or even nosediving. The facts:

    Trump’s job approval avg on Inauguration Day according to the HuffPo poll tracker: 44.4%
    Trump’s job approval avg today according to the same tracker: 43.1%

    A decline of 1.3%. Totally normal for a President’s first 2 weeks and certainly to be expected after the crazy first 2 weeks Trump has had.

    What *has* happened, however, is that Trump’s disapprove #’s have shot up from 39.9% to 50.4%. But several things need to be kept in mind:

    1. Only 46% of eligible voters who cast ballots for President voted for Trump. There are a lot of people who don’t like Trump out there and many of them have decided to skip over the usual “give the new guy the benefit of the doubt” thing that most new Presidents get in light of Trump’s controversial first 2 weeks.

    2. Many of these polls are based on adults or registered voters, as opposed to likely voters. The 2 polls that use likely voter screens have Trump at 53%.

    3. Some people are undoubtably registering their disapproval of Trump’s temperament as disapproval of the job Trump is doing. Trump’s favorability rating immediately preceding the election was 37.1%, and that was mostly based on polls taken amongst likely voters. Trump ended up over preforming his favorability numbers by a full 9%.

    4. While not as bad as some critics have made them out to be, the polls were off the mark for the election. The HuffPo aggregator had Hillary’s popular vote margin 2.8 points greater than it ended up being. It’s highly probable that the current polling averages underestimate Trump’s approval.

    In summation, the Left’s congratulating themselves on the success so far of “The Resistance” is extremely premature. Trump’s support seems to be holding up under the onslaught and the Muslim Ban thing is far from over. We’ve seen this movie before in both the primaries and the general where the Left would celebrate that they had finally taken down Trump, only for him to rise again a week later.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    • The Libertarian Poll Data group has to my mind accurately identified that these polls use biased samplings to get their results. Put 70% DEMS in a poll and well, whaddya know, they dislike Trump.

      Actually, the numbers are lower than you would expect with the bias, suggesting many DEMS are warming to him.


      February 7, 2017 at 10:18 am

  10. OT: Hollywood creepy sex stuff (feat. Bill Maher):


    February 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm

  11. Regarding the first “plot hole” of why no one had yet invaded the strategically important planet of Organia wouldn’t that be an obvious parallel to the Norway and the Second World War? Both England and Germany viewed the country as strategically important, and both sides violated Norway’s neutrality and pressured its government in increasing severity(the Brits actually being worse than the Germans for the most part) until the Germans finally beat the British to the punch and decided to act.


    February 6, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    • I was thinking of all the piddling little islands in the Pacific that nobody cared about before Pearl Harbor but which the U. S. seized to serve as air bases once the Pacific War was on.


      February 7, 2017 at 12:56 am

  12. Article by cuckservative, neocon traitor David Frum talking about how the Left is playing to Trump’s hands:

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 7, 2017 at 1:07 am

    • …neocon traitor David Frum

      Yeah, there is a nest of them over at The Atlantic.


      February 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

  13. This was a fun read.


    February 7, 2017 at 7:21 am

  14. According to Netflix, this is season 1, episode #27. Fake news!


    February 7, 2017 at 9:17 am

  15. Lion, very nice. My thoughts as an old script-doctor…
    Underneath the surface of the bad acting (especially by William Shatner),
    >Every time you have a great actor do heroic roles, especially conservatives feel a need to pre-disaster themselves from criticism by saying it’s cheesy or bad or just fun. No.

    the laughable special effects
    >outstanding effects for the time that hold up in many cases to today’s tastes.

    and background music,
    >Same as Shatner comment.

    (Plot hole: if the planet is so strategic, why have both sides completely ignored it until now?)
    >>Hindsight is 20/20, especially in war. Hell, Spain and Chile were strategic countries that reversed the Cold War. Many people don’t seem to realize that even after.

    Kor has more wisdom than Kirk. Indeed, the Klingons aren’t that much more different from humans than the United States was different from Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan.
    >I knew people who experienced the camps and Jap torture. No. The US is about 3-5 centuries ahead of Europe morally and by a Millennium or two for the rest of the world.


    February 7, 2017 at 10:11 am

  16. Lion, you’re showing chops as an art critic–restaurants, paintings, photos, now movies and TV.


    February 7, 2017 at 10:20 am

  17. Uh oh Lion, now you’ve done it. You’re not a Trek guy are you? If Trekkers come here, you’ll have the longest thread ever now. The Organians and the Organian Peace Treaty have been a flame war going on since before the internet. No one has ever satisfactorily explained why the Organian Peace Treaty wan’t in force in the Movies or subsequent TV Shows. Some say that the Q got rid of the Organians, but the Organians were supposed to be the most powerful beings in the Trek Universe before Q rode in to the first premiere episode of the D-Generation Trek.

    Joshua Sinistar

    February 7, 2017 at 5:51 pm

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