Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 2

The Enterprise Incident (27 Sep. 1968)

TV Episode  |   |  Action, Adventure, Mystery
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An apparently insane Capt. Kirk has the Enterprise deliberately enter the Romulan Neutral Zone where the ship is immediately captured by the enemy.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Compton ...
Technical Officer
Robert Gentile ...
Mike Howden ...
Romulan Guard
Gordon Coffey ...
Romulan Soldier


The Enterprise deliberately crosses the Neutral Zone, on Kirk's orders, into Romulan space and is promptly surrounded by Romulan warships, each equipped with a "cloaking device" that renders it undetectable. Spock betrays the apparently irrational and paranoid Kirk to the Romulan commander, a woman who is obviously attracted to Spock. A deadly game between Kirk, Spock and the Romulans risks not only the Enterprise but the tenuous cease-fire between the Romulans and the Federation. Written by Tom D.

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27 September 1968 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The Romulan cloaking device prop was created using the Sargon globe (Star Trek: Return to Tomorrow (1968)) and portions of the Nomad probe (Star Trek: The Changeling (1967)). See more »


The Enterprise crew are shocked to learn that their surprise capture may be due to a new cloaking technology possessed by the Romulans. Kirk and crew already encountered cloaked Romulans two years earlier in Star Trek: Balance of Terror. However, the cloaking technology in Star Trek: The Enterprise Incident is new because it is improved. The Enterprise was still able to track a Romulan ship, though not accurately, in "Balance of Terror" and cannot detect them at all with this improved version. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. McCoy: [voice-over] Enterprise Medical Log, stardate 5027.3, Dr. Leonard McCoy recording. I'm concerned about Captain Kirk. He shows indications of increasing tension and emotional stress.
Chekov: I have completed the assignment, Captain: a theoretical incursion...
Captain James T. Kirk: Yes, Mr. Chekov, I can read, and as usual, your theoretical evaluations do not tally with mine. Return to your duty, and I'll let you know when your work is satisfactory. Mr. Spock, full sensor scan on the region, please.
Spock: I did give a ...
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Well Played and Suspenseful Episode
7 July 2006 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This is a nicely paced, genuinely suspenseful episode which finds its roots in the best espionage stories. Kirk takes the Enterprise into Romulan territory on his own initiative, leading many to question his competency to command and increasing hostilities with the Romulans. Is Kirk actually losing it, or is something else afoot? This episode resembles some of the best spy fiction -- "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" in particular -- and Shatner's staginess actually works to the episode's advantage. Nimoy's inscrutability is equally compelling, particularly when the Romulan commander (well played by Joanna Linville) tries to persuade him to join the dark side, as it were.

Intelligently written and played, and a lot of fun to boot.

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