Day of the Dove

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"Day of the Dove"
Star Trek: The Original Series episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 7
Directed by Marvin Chomsky
Written by Jerome Bixby
Featured music Fred Steiner
Cinematography by Al Francis
Production code 066
Original air date November 1, 1968 (1968-11-01)
Guest appearance(s)
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"Day of the Dove" is the seventh episode of the third season of the science fiction television series, Star Trek, first broadcast November 1, 1968, and repeated June 17, 1969. It was written by Jerome Bixby and directed by Marvin Chomsky.

In this episode, an alien force drives the crew of the Enterprise into brutal conflict with the Klingons.


The Federation starship USS Enterprise responds to a distress call from a human colony on Beta XII-A, but on arrival find no signs of any type of human settlement. A landing party, including Captain Kirk and Ensign Chekov, beam down to investigate when they are suddenly surrounded by Klingons that have transported from their own orbiting vessel. Commander Kang accuses the Enterprise crew of firing upon their vessel, and demand their surrender. Suddenly, Chekov tries to attack the Klingons, claiming they had killed his brother Piotr. Kang subdues him and use an agonizer device to torture Chekov, forcing Kirk to agree to surrender. However, on contacting the ship, Kirk surreptitiously warns First Officer Spock after asking for transport. Spock uses the transporter to materialize the Enterprise crewmen first, then the Klingons without their weapons. Kang surrenders and he and the Klingons are escorted to secure quarters on the ship.

Meanwhile, a entity made of pure energy enters the Enterprise undetected and interfaces with its controls. The ship lurches into warp at maximum speed for the edge of the galaxy. With the crew panicked, the entity then causes various bulkheads on the ship to open and close, using this to isolate small groups of the crew and Klingons, where with tempers high, they begin to fight. Kirk and Spock try to calm the crew down to no avail. Spock discovers the presence of the entity, apparently feeding off the violent emotions. When Kirk is told by Lt. Sulu that Chekov never had a brother, the crew realize that the entity is capable of instilling false memories in order to trigger aggression. Kirk believes that if he can get to Kang, the Klingon commander can help stop his crew from fighting and help return the ship to normal.

Kirk works his way through the various scuffles aboard the ship, and comes across the Klingon Mara, Kang's wife, who has been cornered by Chekov, still seeking revenge. Kirk sees that Mara's clothing has been torn, so he punches Chekov out. Mara thanks Kirk for his help and is initially wary of his plan, but agrees to lead him to Kang. Kang distrusts Kirk's explanation of the entity despite Mara's assurance, and challenges Kirk to a sword duel. As they fight, Kirk implores Kang to stop, telling him that they may be puppets of this entity for lifetimes if they continue to fight. Kang recognizes Kirk's warning and their fighting is pointless, and lays down his weapon, commanding the other Klingons to do so as well. To stave off the entity, Kirk and Kang get their crews to act jovially and laugh loudly; the entity disengages from the computers and leaves the ship. The Enterprise regain control and set course to return the Klingons to their space.

40th Anniversary remastering[edit]

This episode was remastered in 2006 and aired January 5, 2008, as part of the remastered Original Series. It was preceded three weeks earlier by the remastered version of "A Taste of Armageddon" and followed a week later by the remastered version of "Who Mourns for Adonais?". Aside from remastered video and audio, and the all-CGI animation of the USS Enterprise that is standard among the revisions, specific changes to this episode also include:

  • The planet Beta XII-A has been given a more realistic earth-like appearance.
  • New scenes and more dramatic shots of the Klingon battle cruiser have been added, including replaced footage of the ship as it explodes above the planet.


Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club gave the episode a 'B-' rating, describing it as having potential, but being hampered by a script that fails to act on that.[1]


  1. ^ Handlen, Zack (January 8, 2010). ""Day Of The Dove"/"For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 

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