The Enterprise answers a distress call from Federation Outpost #4, a monitoring station on the Federation side of the neutral zone with the Romulan Empire. The outposts were established over a century ago and no one has actually seen a Romulan. The Romulan vessel seems to have some type of high energy explosive device as well as a cloaking device to make the ship invisible. When it appears that Romulans bear a strong resemblance to Vulcans, Kirk must deal with a rebellious crew member. He must also engage in a dangerous cat and mouse game with a very intelligent Romulan commander.
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In the James Blish
adaptation of this story, presumably based on an earlier draft of the script, Stiles dies. In addition, Robert Tomlinson and Angela Martine actually marry, in a second ceremony late in the story. When the Enterprise fires on the Romulan ship for the final time, the latter explodes immediately, with the conversation between Kirk and the Romulan commander being omitted. See more
In his initial log entry, Kirk refers to the Romulan home worlds as Romulus and Remus - after the brothers in Rome's founding legend. When Spock displays the star sector map, it shows Romulus and Romii. However, since the names were written in capital letters, it is possible it was meant to be "Rom II", i.e., "Romulus 2", a star chart designation for Remus. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
He did exactly what I would have done. I won't underestimate him again.
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