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
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Captain Balok and his vessel, ''Fesarius'' are affiliated with the "First Federation". Capt. Kirk's ''Enterprise'' is still under the United Earth Space Probe Agency (UESPA, or "you-spa") which is mentioned in the next few episodes to be filmed. The name United Federation of Planets wouldn't be established until later on during the first season, although Starfleet would be used in the next broadcast episode, "The Menagerie". See more
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
Four minutes, thirty seconds.
You have an annoying fascination for time pieces, Mr. Sulu.
Referenced in Free Enterprise
Star Trek Theme Song
Written by Alexander Courage See more