written by Don Ingalls
STORY OUTLINE, dated April 30, 1967
EXPANDED STORY OUTLINE, titled "A PRIVATE LITTLE WAR," dated June 10, 1967
review, report & analysis by David Eversole
I will synopsize Ingalls' 12-page outline, leaving the reader to note the differences between it and the aired episode.
Kirk, Spock and Bones escape, though Kirk is slightly wounded. As they run, Kirk's log narration fills in the back-story: two years previously he visited Neural and left the two tribes co-existing in a shaky truce. Ty-ree in command of the friendly Central People, and the war-like Apella in charge of the unfriendly Outer People. Only these two leaders knew that Kirk was an "alien," only they know of the Federation. Now someone has obviously interfered and raised these people above their bows and arrows and spears to the level of firearms. Kirk determines to find his old friend Ty-ree and learn what has happened.
The three officers make their way toward what sensors indicate is the main grouping of the displaced Central People. But the journey is hazardous -- searing heat and the "Neural Great Bear Creature," a predator rather like a cross between a grizzly and a hyena. They hide in a crevice and escape the creature's attack. Finally they reach Ty-ree's stronghold. There we discover that the kind, gentle older man has taken a new young wife, Nona. She eyes the strangers with distrust.
Ty-ree informs the landing party that a while back a "stranger" appeared and armed the Outer People with strange new weapons (rifles). The stranger and Apella became fast friends and Ty-ree and his people were driven from their village. They have taken refuge here in the mountains. Ty-ree is relieved that his friend Kirk is here to set things right.
Kirk's slight wound has become infected -- he falls ill. Ty-ree offers the services of his wife, who is adept at healing, using herbs and poultices. She refuses to help at first but when Ty-ree reveals small details about Kirk after she cleverly pries and plies her feminine wiles, she agrees. Nona cures Kirk and flirts with him in no uncertain terms. Kirk, despite his knowing better, finds himself attracted to Ty-ree's woman.
The next day, Kirk is back on his feet, ready for action. Kirk and Spock know very well it must be the Klingons arming Apella's people. Such a lopsided escalation of power is an old trick of theirs. They decide to scout and infiltrate Apella's village. Nona, meanwhile, watches as her older, subdued, husband defers to the handsome young Kirk. She scorns Ty-ree and shames him for his obsequious manner, and the old man reveals even more information about Kirk, though not meaning to.
At Apella's encampment, we learn that it is Kor who has been giving the rifles to Apella. Apella wants even more, advanced rifles, but Kor is more interested in ideological conversions than mere casualty lists.
Kirk and the others sneak into camp -- Kirk sees Kor. He realizes that he must do something to restore the balance of power. Before they can sneak away, Kor spots and recognizes Kirk. Kirk and crew get away, and Kor realizes that he must attack the Central People quickly before Kirk can call in reinforcements. Apella is angered when he realizes that Kor is acting solely for his own ideological purposes, not to help him defeat the Central People.
Safe in Ty-ree's tent, Kirk and Spock debate the merits of giving
the Central People firearms. The
A SNARL -- another Neural Great Bear Creature attacks. Nona is knocked down a hill, and the creature moves in for the kill. Kirk pulls his phaser and kills the creature. Nona looks at his weapon in wide-eyed amazement! She leaps thousands of years of evolutionary development and realizes that with such a weapon SHE could rule all of Neural. She promises Kirk that if he joins her they would both rule. Kirk is not influenced. Unseen by Kirk, Ty-ree approaches. When Nona sees her husband, she grabs Kirk and kisses him passionately. Shocked, Ty-ree turns and runs way. Kirk pushes Nona away, but she smiles -- the damage has been done.
Ty-ree has disappeared. Nobody
knows where he went. Kirk orders Spock to
rendezvous with the
Meanwhile Apella leads the Outer People on a march to destroy the last of Ty-ree's people. Kirk watches them march across the desert towards Ty-ree's encampment.
On a ridge above Kirk, Ty-ree fits an arrow to his bow, draws it back, aims dead-center on Kirk's back. A moment, then he loosens the bow. He cannot do it.
Enemy scouts close on Kirk and Nona. Ty-ree aims and fires at them. A pitched battle. Kirk is stunned by a spear that grazes his head. He drops, woozy, to his knees. Nona grabs his phaser, dashes down the trail toward Apella's warriors.
Back at Ty-ree's encampment, the old chieftain laments that he
does not deserve a beautiful young wife. Kirk
realizes his phaser is missing. He must go
after it. He instructs Bones to lead the rest
of the Central People to the point where the
Kirk and Ty-ree rush down the trail in the direction Nona disappeared. They find the discarded phaser and a bone-comb Nona wore in her hair. It is obvious to both -- she has been killed by Apella's soldiers, and they, in their ignorance, have discarded the phaser.
Ty-ree is sure that his wife simply wanted a little more happiness, after all, she was always so very poor. Surely, she was not evil, surely she did not want to join Apella. Kirk tries to tell him that Nona was using him, using them all, but Ty-ree will not hear it. Ty-ree again laments that he was not worthy of such a fine wife. Kirk gives up trying to tell his old friend Nona's true motives.
They turn and walk away
From the outline:
Tag. The Enterprise. Kirk and the others watch a small planet in a very remote corner of our galaxy fade from sight in the viewer screen. Sensor readings disclose two principle groupings of humanoids, fighting a stalemate war and Kirk wonders why would any of the personal tragedy have happened if the Neuralese had been left untouched, unknowing in the first place? If there is an answer to such a questions, it hasn't been found yet. If there is one it hasn't been evolved, developed, mutated, or invented by any of God's children. If there is one, it is still hidden somewhere in the dark recesses of thought...waiting for discovery
For years I had always assumed that Ingalls substituted his
"Jud Crucis" pseudonym on this script for the softening of the
On June 10, 1967, Ingalls submitted
an expanded outline of the story. This 15-page treatment, now familiarly entitled
"A Private Little War," is basically the same as "Ty-ree's Woman," but
does add much more shading to the Kirk-Spock-Bones debates. Spock, of course, is
coldly logical in pointing out the fallacies of attempting a balance of power.
Bones, surprising, thinks Kirk is simply wrong by providing Ty-ree's people with weapons
comparable to Apella's. Why piddle about, he wants to know, why not give Ty-ree
vastly superior weapons so that he can smash his enemies?
Ty-ree vastly superior weapons so that he can smash his enemies?
This outline does add an attempt by Kirk to broker a treaty between Ty-ree and Apella, but he and Krell (taking the place of the previous outline's Kor) argue so vehemently the attempt fails and all walk away. In the penultimate scene, when Ty-ree sees the dead body of his wife, instead of the whining about how poor little me was unworthy of such a beautiful wife, he turns coldly to Kirk and DEMANDS rifles NOW! Kirk supplies them, and is left on the bridge of his departing ship wondering when such nonsense will ever end.
Oh, Ingalls gets a bit less pulpy and renames the "Neural Great Bear Creature" the "Neural Great Ape."
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