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The Corbomite Maneuver 

After the Enterprise is forced to destroy a dangerous marker buoy, a gigantic alien ship arrives to capture and condemn the crew as trespassers.

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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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Balok displays a knowledge of Earth popular culture. When discussing the "false" Balok, he referred to it as "the Mr. Hyde to my Jekyll". However, the methods that Balok employed in this episode actually bore much more similarity to The Wizard of Oz. See more »

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Just after destroying the space buoy, as Kirk and Spock are discussing what might be ahead of them, the two-shot of Kirk and Spock (from behind Spock) shows Spock's earpiece in his right ear. The next shot is a frontal shot of Spock, minus the earpiece. See more »

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Capt. Kirk: Scotty?
Scott: Mode of power? Beats me what makes it go.
Capt. Kirk: I'll buy speculation.
Scott: I'd sell it if I had any.
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Referenced in The Venture Bros.: Assisted Suicide (2010) See more »

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Written by Alexander Courage
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Killer moves
20 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'The Corbomite Maneuver' has the good stuff - drama, suspense - but it's mostly about attitude. When you're out there in deep space, dogged by (essentially) an intergalactic bully, do you fall to pieces like crewman Bailey (placeholder until a new navigator comes along) or do you hold steady in the captain's chair and outwit the pother guy with an epic bluff? In the end, it all turns out to be creepy Clint Howard behind all of this, and all he really wanted was a friend. But it's the poker-inspired standoff between himself and Kirk that really makes this one cool. You can see the seeds of the Kobayashi Maru being sown here with Kirk's creative solution to the problem, and it makes for some solid tension.

7/10


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