‘The Corbomite Maneuver’ (TOS) (TV)

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In this episode, the Enterprise gets caught in giant glowing sphere after destroying a ‘warning buoy’. The alien commander condemns the Enterprise to death. So will Captain Kirk find a way out of this?

This is another intense ‘Star Trek’ episode from ‘The Original Series’. I remember that I was on the edge of my seat from seeing this episode, since I did think Kirk and the Enterprise were about to die.

This was the second episode made in the original ‘Star Trek’ in production order. I don’t know why this episode was shown as the second episode of the series, as it would have made sense if it were.

For one thing, Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura is wearing the wrong yellow as she should be in red, not in yellow. Also Grace Lee Whitney could have made her first appearance in ‘Star Trek’ in this episode.

This episode features guest star Anthony Call as Lt. Bailey, the ship’s navigator. I like Bailey as a character, as he grows in terms of development in the episode and he has the hardest journey of all.

Bailey finds himself stressed out during the events of this episode, as he’s been promoted beyond his experience. There is a moment where Bailey goes into a tantrum and soon gets relieved of duty.

Eventually, after Bailey has calmed down and learnt his lesson, he’s granted permission to return to bridge duty by Captain Kirk. By the end, Kirk becomes a changed man and soon a willing adventurer.

I liked the tension between Kirk and Bones in this episode. Bones questions Kirk’s leadership during the episode, and there’s a moment when Kirk lashes out at Bones when he’s feeling under pressure.

Eventually, Kirk manages to find a way to outwit Balok by using poker game tactics and mentions a fake substance called Corbomite aboard the ship. The trick works as Balok doesn’t destroy the ship.

The villain of this episode is Balok, voiced by Ted Cassidy. Balok is the alien commander who condemns the Enterprise crew to die. He seems unreasonable and unwilling to listen to Kirk’s pleas.

The Enterprise crew manage to get to see what Balok looks like on the view-screen and he looks like a terrifying, angry monster. But eventually, when Kirk, Bones and Bailey go to visit Balok’s starship…

…he turns out to be nothing of the kind. The Balok seen the view-screen was a puppet used to scare the Enterprise crew. The real Balok in this episode, turns out be like a child, which was quite a shock.

Balok, played by Clint Howard and voiced by Walker Edmiston, turns out to be really friendly and peace-loving. He had used his Balok puppet to test the Enterprise on whether they were non-hostile.

I liked that last scene where Kirk, Bones and Bailey visit Balok as he is aboard his ship. They soon offer exchanges of information about their cultures and Bailey agrees to stay to represent humanity.

I was pleased to see Scotty, Uhura, Sulu and Janice Rand in this episode. It was funny when Sulu was keeping an eye on the clock towards the Enterprise’s destruction and Scotty was a bit annoyed by it.

‘The Corbomite Manuever’ is another gripping ‘Star Trek’ episode from ‘The Original Series’. I was anxious for Kirk and the Enterprise from the start, but was pleased everything was alright in the end.

The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 3 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.

‘The Corbomite Maneuver’ (TOS) rating – 10/10

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