Star Trek (1966–1969)
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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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This episode was originally scheduled to air much earlier than it did, but the large amount of visual effects took several months to complete. The producers had to delay the planned airdate twice, before eventually broadcasting it as the tenth episode of the season. See more »


Just after Kirk attempts to bluff Balok with the description of Corbomite, Spock refers to his parents in the past tense - as if they no longer exist. In Star Trek: Journey to Babel, Spock's parents actually make an appearance. See more »


Capt. Kirk: This is the Captain speaking. First Federation vessel is in distress. We're preparing to board it. There are lives at stake, by our standards Alien life, but lives nevertheless. Captain out.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Facets (1995) See more »


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Enterprise Encounters An Alien Being And Gives A Bluff
21 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Season 1, episode 10. The Enterprise encounters a very dangerous space buoy, a space marker/barrier, and ends up destroying it. Kirk has a choice of going back or to continue forward, he decides to plow forward. All seems fine until they encounter and alien ship, they hail the Enterprise and Commander Balok gives them 10 minutes to be destroyed. Kirk comes up with the idea of a poker game with the aliens and bluffs them with the ship having dangerous (but fictitious) corbomite. The aliens wants proof of it's existence because their scans didn't pick it up and ends up dragging the enterprise with a tractor beam to First Federation space. Some of the crew of the Enterprise beam over to Balok's ship and end up with a pleasant surprise.

Kind of an odd episode but good as usual with a surprise ending.


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