Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Court Martial 

Kirk draws a court martial in the negligent death of a crewman.


Marc Daniels


Don Mankiewicz (teleplay by) (as Don M. Mankiewicz), Steven W. Carabatsos (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Percy Rodrigues ... Portmaster Stone (as Percy Rodriguez)
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Cogley (as Elisha Cook)
Joan Marshall ... Areel Shaw
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Richard Webb ... Finney
Hagan Beggs Hagan Beggs ... Helmsman
Win De Lugo ... Timothy (as Winston DeLugo)
Alice Rawlings Alice Rawlings ... Jame Finney
Nancy Wong Nancy Wong ... Personnel Officer
Bart Conrad Bart Conrad ... Krasnovsky
William Meader William Meader ... Board Officer
Reginald Lal Singh Reginald Lal Singh ... Board Officer


After encountering a severe ion storm, the Enterprise visits Star Base 11 for repairs. While there, Kirk files a report about the death of crewman and former friend LCDR Finney, who was taking scientific readings in an externally mounted instrument pod before Kirk needed to jettison it for the safety of the ship. However, the computer log shows that Kirk jettisoned the pod before there was a danger, thereby revealing the captain's willful perjury and culpable negligence in crewman Finney's death. Or so it would seem. Written by Tony-B4

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2 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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This marks the only appearance of the female Starfleet dress uniform during The Original Series, worn by Lt. Areel Shaw (Joan Marshall). Key differences between this uniform and the standard female uniform are a satin-like sheen, a gold braid on the edge of the collar, and a longer skirt length. See more »


At the beginning of the episode there are clearly 2 starships visible in orbit of the planet where the Starbase is located. It would be unusual for the Starbase to be devoid of other starships, yet when the Enterprise's orbit begins to decay, no call is made to request another ship to tractor the Enterprise away from danger. See more »


Cogley: Books, young man, books. Thousands of them. If time wasn't so important, I'd show you something. My library. Thousands of books.
Captain James T. Kirk: And what would be the point?
Cogley: This is where the law is. Not in that homogenized, pasteurized synthesizer. Do you want to know the law? The ancient concepts in their own language? Learn the intent of the men who wrote them, from Moses to the tribunal of Alpha III? Books.
Captain James T. Kirk: You have to be either an obsessive crackpot who's escaped from his keeper, or Samuel T. Cogley, ...
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The on-screen title is printed as "Court Martial", but the proper grammatical spelling should have included a hyphen. The title should have been printed as: "Court-Martial" See more »

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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Cannibal! The Musical (1993) See more »


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Written by Alexander Courage
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Welp, didn't see that coming
14 August 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

"Star Trek" and legal drama don't exactly go hand-in-hand, which is why I was apprehensive about 'Court Martial'. But it's solid, thanks to the performances and the show's star. In a prosecution of James T Kirk, Shatner doesn't have to do a lot of puffing up; Kirk's just that kind of stalwart character, especially when he's got Spick and McCoy testifying to his righteousness.

There's an ending twist that's sort of iffy, but it does culminate in a "battle-damaged" (torn shirt) captain engaging in an engine room brawl. That's classic Original Series right there. The only thing missing from the Captain Kirk checklist was an alien girl dalliance.


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