‘COURT MARTIAL’ (TOS)
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In this episode, Captain Kirk is accused for a crime that he didn’t commit. According to the Enterprise computers, Kirk deliberately jettisoned ejected a pod containing a friend of his during an ion storm.
Kirk stands on trial for these charges of negligence and for the death of his good friend. But the story progresses, everything unfolds on why the ship’s computer says that Kirk had committed the crime.
I like this episode, as it’s a really tense story about a serious situation that Kirk finds himself in. Kirk is protesting against evidence recorded by a ship’s computer for something he knows he didn’t make.
This episode contains some really good court scenes with Kirk and a number of witnesses during the prosecution and defence. Spock and Dr. McCoy get questioned about what happened from this trial.
Elisha Cook, Jr. guest stars as Samuel T. Cogley, Kirk’s defence attorney during the trail. Mr. Cogley is someone who relies heavily on books and he’s very passionate about his work and seeks for justice.
Percy Rodrigeuz guest stars as Commodore Stone, the judge who instigates Kirk’s trial. Stone is unwilling to accept that the Enterprise ship’s computer was lying for the crime that Kirk’s accused of.
Joan Marshall guest stars as Lt. Areel Shaw. Areel is an old flame of Kirk’s from long ago. But it turns out that she’s the prosecution for Kirk’s trial. She does her job to bring Kirk down and see him guilty.
During the trial, there’s a shocking piece of video evidence recorded of the incident aboard the Enterprise. The evidence seems to be fabricated it wasn’t the way that it happened according to Kirk.
Richard Webb guest stars as Lt. Commander Ben Finney, the man who got killed during the incident in the ion storm. Finney is considered to be an old friend of Kirk’s from long ago on a former starship.
But there’s also a dark history between Kirk and Finney, as Finney once blamed Kirk for an incident that happened on the former starship. This seems to be compelling evidence against Kirk in this trial.
Alice Rawlings guest stars as Jame Finney, Ben Finney’s daughter. At the beginning, Jame blames Kirk for the death of her father. But it turns out she was terribly distraught over the death of her father.
As the story unfolds, Spock discovers something unusual about the Enterprise computer. He plays games of chess with it to confirm his suspicions. Once confirmed, it reassures hope in Kirk’s defence.
Very soon, the trial reconvenes aboard the Enterprise. Cogley eventually reveals to everyone that Finney is still alive. This confirmed when Kirk, Spock and Bones put the test the theory on the bridge.
I liked it when Bones uses a medical audio device to remove people’s heartbeats from the Enterprise’s sound systems. Very soon, there’s only one heartbeat left, confirming Finney’s still alive.
All of this builds up to a final showdown between Kirk and Finney when he finds him alive in the Engineering section. It is a great climax of tension in this episode, as Kirk and Finney fight each other.
‘Court Martial’ is a fine episode of ‘Star Trek’ that really puts Kirk in a serious situation where he’s committed for a crime he didn’t commit. I like how everything unfolds and Kirk proves his innocence.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 5 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
On Disc 5 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there’s the documentary ‘Sci-Fi Visionaries’.
‘Court Martial’ (TOS) rating – 10/10
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