- Americans Hate Tingle: Many international Trekkies loathe this episode because of how intensely it uses the Eagleland trope (not that there aren't a sizable number of American Trekkies who share the same view).
- Awesome Music: The fight music from "Amok Time" returns. We also get a few bars of "The Star Spangled Banner" when the Yangs bring out their flag—which looks familiar....
- Chewing the Scenery: Morgan Woodward as Captain Tracey tucks in with a hearty appetite.
- Ham and Cheese: William Shatner has confirmed that he hated the script, and was deliberately not giving a crap in his big speech at the end. (One wonders if it's partly because he's not American but Canadian...)
- Moral Event Horizon: Tracey was already tap dancing on it, but he crossed it when he killed Galloway.
- Another planet evolves the American flag and constitution, all for Kirk to make a ridiculously over-the-top patriotic speech about how America is one of the best countries in the world! Even Americans find that scene ridiculous, and did at the time. That episode, sneeringly referred to by some fans as "The United States of Star Trek", was universally decried as scraping the bottom of the bottom of the barrel.
- Kirk's claim that "A star captain's most solemn oath is that he will give his life, even his entire crew, rather than violate the Prime Directive" comes off more than a little absurd considering the countless other episodes before and after in which he violates the Directive himself.
- So Bad, It's Good: There's something about that American flag. The Pledge and the Spock-like Satan illustration did not help. Shatner's trademark delivery worked well when he said, "Look at these words... written bigger... than the rest... tall words ... proudly saying ... 'We... the Pe... ople...'
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
- As mentioned above, this episode is divisive, particularly among international fans, but it pulls no punches about how dangerous blind patriotism and nationalism can be.
- Then there is the moment when Kirk asserts that the Yangs have to extend the same rights they value to the Kohms as well. When they protest that idea, Kirk roars with authority, "They must apply to everyone, or they mean nothing!" When you see Americans spew vile bigotry objecting to Muslims having a community center in New York City, even when it is whole blocks away from 9/11 Ground Zero, Kirk's statement needs to be understood more than ever. Or hell, anybody that someone else decides isn't entitled to rights because reasons.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Enterprise crew finding its sister ship dead in space, its crew reduced to dehydrated crystals, and its captain having gone rogue in an effort to find a Fountain of Youth? That was something with some real potential. Unfortunately, it ends up amounting to little more than a hook for the Eagleland story elements, and by the last act of the episode has been all but forgotten about.
YMMV / Star Trek S2 E23 "The Omega Glory"