Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Court Martial 

Kirk draws a court martial in the negligent death of a crewman.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Portmaster Stone (as Percy Rodriguez)
Cogley (as Elisha Cook)
Hagan Beggs ...
Timothy (as Winston DeLugo)
Alice Rawlings ...
Nancy Wong ...
Personnel Officer
Bart Conrad ...
William Meader ...
Board Officer
Reginald Lal Singh ...
Board Officer


After encountering a severe ion storm, the Enterprise visits Star Base 11 for repairs. While there, Kirk files a report about the death of crewman and former friend LCDR Finney, who was taking scientific readings in an externally mounted instrument pod before Kirk needed to jettison it for the safety of the ship. However, the computer log shows that Kirk jettisoned the pod before there was a danger, thereby revealing the captain's willful perjury and culpable negligence in crewman Finney's death. Or so it would seem. Written by Tony-B4

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The door through which Spock and McCoy enter the courtroom is one of the few hinged doors seen in the original series. See more »


Kirk's lawyer bring a bunch of reporters (bound compilations of written opinions) with him to prepare for the case. this makes no sense for 2 reasons. As Kirk notes, the computer can store all the reported cases (which are thousands of volumes). The lawyer nonsensically suggests the books have more or different information than the computer, but the computer would have the exact same opinions (just on a screen instead of printed page, and with all reporter volumes accessible not just the dozen or so (out of thousands) that the lawyer brought to Kirk's office. Still, the computer screen cannot bring the tactile sense of holding a book in one's hand. See more »


Cogley: Books, young man, books. Thousands of them. If time wasn't so important, I'd show you something. My library. Thousands of books.
Captain James T. Kirk: And what would be the point?
Cogley: This is where the law is. Not in that homogenized, pasteurized synthesizer. Do you want to know the law? The ancient concepts in their own language? Learn the intent of the men who wrote them, from Moses to the tribunal of Alpha III? Books.
Captain James T. Kirk: You have to be either an obsessive crackpot who's escaped from his keeper, or Samuel T. Cogley, ...
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Far Beyond the Stars (1998) See more »


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Sub-par for Star Trek
6 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode is rather dull and actually didn't make much sense. Even though Kirk has shown himself a very capable officer and has a long list of amazing exploits to his credit, he is framed and faces a court martial--gee, Federation, thanks for the vote of confidence!! About the only highlight in the show is the guest appearance of character actor, Elisha Cook. He was a fine actor and added a nice performance to the show. But apart from that, the show was way too static and uninvolving. Even the "surprise ending" was pretty dull and learning that Kirk had, some time back, "bagged" the female prosecuting attorney (is there ANY female Kirk hasn't put the moves on?!).

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