Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 10

The Corbomite Maneuver (10 Nov. 1966)

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After being forced to destroy a dangerous probe, a gigantic alien ship arrives to capture and condemn the Enterprise's crew as trespassers.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Anthony D. Call ...
Dave Bailey (as Anthony Call)


In a section of unexplored space, the Enterprise comes across a marker of sorts that will not let it pass. They destroy the marker and move on but soon find themselves in conflict with an unknown alien who accuses them of trespassing and tells them they have only 10 minutes to live. Kirk decides it's time to play a little poker and literally bluff his way out of the situation by telling the alien that the Enterprise has a device on board that will destroy the alien as well as the Enterprise. The bluff works but the alien turns out to be something quite unexpected. Written by garykmcd

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This is the earliest episode of the main series (excluding the two pilots) to be filmed. See more »


When Balok begins his 10-minute countdown of the Enterprise's destruction, McCoy enters the bridge wearing a standard long-sleeve uniform shirt. Shortly after this, camera cuts around the bridge include one focused on Spock and McCoy standing by the science station, with McCoy wearing his short-sleeve medical tunic. Then, when Lt. Bailey has his frantic outburst, McCoy goes to him to calm him, wearing the long-sleeve shirt again. See more »


Sulu: Four minutes, thirty seconds.
Scott: You have an annoying fascination for time pieces, Mr. Sulu.
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24 December 2006 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

The Corbomite Maneouver does a couple of things really well. It is easily one of Star Trek TOS' most dramatic and suspenseful episodes. It also provides the first really good character study for James Kirk in the series - establishing Kirk as the one man who will always find a creative solution for even the impossible situation.

The Enterprise encounters a very highly technologically advanced alien culture in deep space. Their first encounter occurs when Enterprise meets up with a buoy that gives off harmful radiation and simply will not go away. They destroy the buoy and are then confronted by its makers The First Federation - belligerent, unforgiving, and all-powerful. Kirk must think his way out of this one.

The Corbomite Maneouver is also one of the most visually interesting TOS episodes. The special effects, as simple as they are, are well done. And the directing is some of the best in the series.

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