‘THE ENTERPRISE INCIDENT’ (TOS)
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This is a very tense and unusual ‘Star Trek’ episode that had a surprise twist during the second half of the story. In this episode, the Enterprise comes across Romulans in space inside the Neutral Zone.
The Romulans have a Klingon ship as their main flagship with two other Romulan ships in space. This was interesting as I wondered how the Romulans managed to get their hands on a Klingon warship.
It’s Kirk however that stands out for me in this ‘Star Trek’ episode. In the story, Kirk becomes irritable and unstable since he orders the Enterprise to deliberately enter the Neutral Zone in space.
Kirk has no authorisation from Starfleet to enter the Neutral Zone. This makes everyone else curious and anxious about why Kirk has gone to these lengths to enter the Neutral Zone without permission.
There’s a moment in the episode where Spock betrays Kirk to the Romulan Commander. Kirk tells Spock to ‘shut up’ but Spock goes on. Kirk then goes berserk and states he’ll kill Spock for such a betrayal.
Spock makes a statement to the Romulan Commander that Kirk is ‘not sane’ and that he has been under pressure with deliberately taking the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone. This gets so interesting.
It was nice to see the Romulans again in this ‘Star Trek’ episode, having seen them once before in their first appearance in ‘Balance of Terror’. Kirk and Spock actually get to see Romulans face to face.
The Romulans are led by Joanne Linville as the Romulan Commander. Curious that the Romulan Commander didn’t have a name mentioned in this episode. Although she whispered it in Spock’s ear.
There’s a semi-romantic story between Spock and the Romulan Commander in this episode. This was interesting and unusual to see, since Spock doesn’t go for those romantic aspects of his personality.
There’s also Jack Donner as Sub-Commander Tal. Tal seems to do all the military operations and be in contact with the Enterprise ship at all times whilst the Romulan Commander has inner with Spock.
There’s one point in the episode where Spock applies the Vulcan ‘death-grip’ on Captain Kirk when he’s about to attack him. Bones checks Kirk out and it turns out that Spock killed him. What a shock!
But Kirk’s not really dead! Nurse Chapel sees Kirk open his eyes and he’s alive. It transpires that Kirk’s odd behaviour and Spock’s betrayal was all play-acting since they are on a very secret mission.
The secret mission is for the Enterprise to recover a cloaking device aboard the Romulans’ acquired Klingon warship. This was intriging as I wondered why Starfleet would want the Enterprise to steal it.
It was great and amusing when Kirk disguises himself as a Romulan Centurion in order to bluff his way aboard the Romulan-Klingon ship. Scotty is delighted to see Kirk alive and in Romulan make-up.
The Romulan Commander gets upset when Spock betrays her and she slaps him right on the face. It was funny when Spock is about to be beamed out by the Enterprise and the Commander joins him.
Eventually, the Enterprise escapes from the Romulan ships after stealing their cloaking device. It was great when Scotty gets the cloaking device to work aboard the Enterprise and they become invisible.
‘The Enterprise Incident’ is a pretty tense and dramatic episode to watch from ‘The Original Series’. I was so surprised by the twists and turns in this and how Kirk and Spock were play-acting during this.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 1 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘The Enterprise Incident’ (TOS) rating – 9/10
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