Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 14

Balance of Terror (15 Dec. 1966)

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The Enterprise must decide on its response when a Romulan ship makes a destructively hostile armed probe of Federation territory.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Comi ...
Lt. Robert Tomlinson
Barbara Baldavin ...
Garry Walberg ...
Commander Hansen
John Warburton ...
The Centurion


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 garykmcd

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15 December 1966 (USA)  »

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Network restrictions at the time forbade the tackling of any contentious subjects such as the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement and the rise of feminism. Star Trek (1966) - under the guise of science fiction - boldly flouted these rules. This episode, for example, openly deals with the subject of racism as reflected through Lieutenant Stiles' opposition to Mr Spock. See more »


When Spock first opens the vent under his science station, flames and smoke come out. These disappear between shots even though no one takes any measures to eliminate them. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: I wish I were on a long sea voyage somewhere. Not too much deck tennis, no frantic dancing, and no responsibility.
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Referenced in Get a Life! (2012) See more »

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Balance of Terror
17 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This particular episode of the original series "Star Trek" perhaps best represents the "old west" and/or military conflict (American style)film/television program of the twentieth century, wherein it's pretty obvious which are the "good guys," and which are the "bad guys."

Back in those relatively simple times, it was always so easy to take sides. The Americans, or in this case, the Federation military were simply going around trying to set things "a-right." And it seemed so clear in those days who the bad guys were.

Nowadays, things have gotten SO complicated.

Anyway, in this particular program, Balance of Terror, as another respondent on this website mentions, there are no weird personality profiles--no tribbles (which, don't get me wrong, was very, very funny) no one on the surface of some weird planet with impossible parallels to our planet; this is straight out military battle in space.

And you know, over time, in this series, and the subsequent spin-offs--you really don't get that, that often. It's particularly enjoyable with an excellent sound system. One actually gets about as close to a feeling of "being there" as you can get." The original series is going to be available regularly come November ('06), on T.V. Land, and in some local markets, so anybody out there, I highly recommend it to a whole new generation, and of course to us old-timers who remember watching it in its original run.

Good, clean fun.

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