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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Did You Know?


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 »


The Centurion: Take care, Commander. He has friends, and friends of his kind mean power, and power is danger.
Romulan Commander: Danger and I are old companions.
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Referenced in Get a Life! (2012) See more »

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Episodes like this one are what makes Star Trek great!
12 May 2006 | by (Western Desert United States) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of my 3 favorite Episodes from the Original TV Series.

What makes it great is the battle of wits between The Romulan Commander and Kirk, as well as the top-notch acting from Mark Lenard, who later went on to play Spock's father in other TV Episodes and movies. This is a case where those around rose to the level of the talent around them, and Shatner, Nimoy, and the whole cast deliver an outstanding performance in this episode.

The writing and plot are also excellent, and I love the direct approach used to show us the characters, and the feelings and thoughts of those characters, and how freely they are expressed by the actors.

This very entertaining episode ranks 10 out of 10. AWESOME!! Desert-Buddha

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