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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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
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.
Star Trek Theme Song
Written by Alexander Courage See more