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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10 November 1966 (USA)  »

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This episode contains one of the few instances in the series of Lt. Uhura wearing a gold "command" type uniform, instead of her usual red. Nichelle Nichols only wore this outfit in her first two appearances as Uhura. These were the first two episodes produced after the second pilot; namely this one and Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966). See more »


When Kirk, McCoy and Bailey are in the transport room ready to beam over to the alien ship, they are bent over with their hands on their knees. When they arrive McCoy has his hands off his knees and slightly to the side. See more »


Capt. Kirk: Not chess, Mr. Spock. Poker!
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Referenced in The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (2010) See more »

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Realistic Elements
14 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Others have already praised this episode for its unique camera angles, and other technical aspects. But there are also script elements that elevate this episode above others in the series. As the episode opens, we hear "Dave Bailey" carping about how bored and fatigued he is after three long days of "star charting". This brilliant line shows us that between "adventures", the Enterprise and its crew are actually doing something productive! Another element is the phaser drills that Kirk has the crew run. Once again, they are keeping busy. Also notice the constant background chatter over the intercom system (a feature that would slowly disappear as the seasons progressed). With this episode, one gets the feeling that this is a "working" vessel and crew (as opposed to nothing but plywood sets) - aspects that would be completely lost by the third season.

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