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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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 the order to fire phasers is given, the ship is shown firing what, in most other episodes, are called photon torpedoes. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
Lt. Uhura, inform Command Base: In my opinion, no option. On my responsibility we are proceeding into the Neutral Zone.