Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Trouble with Tribbles 

To protect a space station with a vital grain shipment, Kirk must deal with Federation bureaucrats, a Klingon battle cruiser and a peddler who sells furry, purring, hungry little creatures as pets.

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Having received a Priority One distress call from an outlying space station, the Enterprise arrives to find they have been summoned there by a Federation commissioner merely to protect a shipment of seeds meant to sow wheat on Sherman's planet. The planet is also coveted by the Klingons, who are taking shore leave at the station. The trouble arises with tribbles - small furry creatures that seem to multiply without end. However, their fortuitous presence reveals both a problem with the wheat and a traitor on the space station. Written by garykmcd

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29 December 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The bar set, including the bartender's costume, is recycled from Star Trek: Court Martial (1967), with slight modifications, mostly in decoration. See more »

Goofs

During the famous bar brawl, one of the extras cannot keep a straight face and is clearly trying to keep from laughing out loud (you see him, wearing a blue shirt, when Scotty and Korax have each other by the collar). See more »

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Capt. Kirk: Another technical journal, Scotty?
Scott: Aye.
Capt. Kirk: Don't you ever relax?
Scott: I am relaxing.
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References The Day of the Triffids (1963) See more »

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Overrated, especially because Gerrold ripped off Heinlein
20 March 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

It's moderately fun to watch, though slapstick has never fit in well with the overall image of the sci-fi great that is Star Trek.

That being said, Gerrold got away with murder by lifting most of the story from Robert Heinlein's "The Rolling Stones," which tells of furry "flat cats" that are born pregnant, make a soothing vibration when petted and multiply so quickly that they fill up a spaceship. Sound familiar?

Heinlein graciously allowed Gerrold to take the accolades for this, but facts are facts and the fact here is that the heart of the story was stolen.


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