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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 »




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 ... 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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Krasnovsky is the only member of the trial board to speak other than Commodore Stone. His single line is "And when the orbit begins to decay?" See more »


At the beginning of his testimony, the computer announces Spock's rank as "lieutenant commander." Spock, however, is a full commander. While lieutenant commanders are, for the sake of convenience, frequently addressed as "commander" by organic beings (and mechanical ones trying to fit in among organics, such as Lieutenant Commander Data), the computer here would not be programmed to display such informality in a court-martial. See more »


Dr. McCoy: Mr. Spock, you're the most cold-blooded man I've ever known.
Mr. Spock: Why, thank you, Doctor.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »


Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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That most infallible of institutions
31 January 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Every player worth their abilities always wants to do a courtroom drama because of the built in dramatics inherent in them. Veteran of the big screen Elisha Cook, Jr. who usually died in all his films got to be a futuristic defense attorney when he defends William Shatner against a charge of dereliction of duty which led to a criminally negligent homicide charge.

Not only is Cook up against the lovely prosecutor Joan Marshall who once had a thing going with Shatner, but he's also up against that most infallible of institutions, the Star Trek computer. The way things are there's no way you can beat a computer at anything. But that depends on who's programming the machine and it is only a machine.

With a little help from Leonard Nimoy that most computer like of living beings, Cook proves you can rig things even the Star Trek computer logs. You know that because Captain Kirk does return to command the Enterprise in the next episode.

Captain Kirk is charged that in his negligence he causes the death of Lt.Commander Richard Webb while going through an ion storm. All I can say here is that Webb you might remember as I do from childhood as Captain Midnight is far different as this jealous and resentful officer under Kirk's command.

Nice job all around.

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