The Enterprise answers a distress call from Federation Outpost #4, a monitoring station on the Federation side of the neutral zone with the Romulan Empire. The outposts were established over a century ago and no one has actually seen a Romulan. The Romulan vessel seems to have some type of high energy explosive device as well as a cloaking device to make the ship invisible. When it appears that Romulans bear a strong resemblance to Vulcans, Kirk must deal with a rebellious crew member. He must also engage in a dangerous cat and mouse game with a very intelligent Romulan commander. Written by
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The first time in Star Trek lore to have the ship's captain perform a marriage ceremony for his crew. Although 20th century naval captains were prohibited from doing this, the writers may have gotten this idea from The African Queen
(1951). (see the Goofs section and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Data's Day
(1991)) See more
During the initial bridge scene, Leslie, wearing a red shirt, is seated at the Engineering station. However, when Kirk addresses the crew over the intercom, the first "extras" shot in a corridor has him walking alongside extra Frank da Vinci
and wearing a gold shirt. See more
Take care, Commander. He has friends, and friends of his kind mean power, and power is danger.
Danger and I are old companions.
Referenced in Get a Life!