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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Did You Know?


Chandra would also sit in judgment of James T. Kirk in another timeline, serving on the Starfleet Academy board trying that Kirk for his actions regarding the Kobayashi Maru scenario in Star Trek (2009). That board would also include Lt. Alice Rawlings, named for the actress who played Jame Finney. See more »


In the bar scene near the beginning of the episode, a number of starfleet officers are wearing the Enterprise emblem on their uniforms, even though they are not Enterprise crew members. See more »


Cogley: Gentlemen. I submit to you that Lt. Commander Ben Finney is not dead!
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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 The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »


Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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The one with the set-up
18 July 2009 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Generally, Star Trek is good at drawing parallels between science-fiction and the real world. This time, however, the use of a very real situation such as a court martial to provide a little suspense doesn't really work out.

The court martial is set up by Starfleet (mentioned for the first time here) to find out if Kirk behaved improperly during a crisis. He claims he did everything by the book, but the Enterprise's computer records - unquestionable evidence by everyone's standards - seem to indicate the death of a crewman (an old friend of Kirk's, no less) was the result of the captain's negligence. Lucky for him, his lawyer doesn't trust computers, and sets out to prove something went wrong, while Spock does the same on the ship.

The outcome is pretty predictable, which is why Court Martial doesn't impress as much as previous episodes. Okay, so it's a given Kirk will never get in any serious trouble, but this time the story suffers from a clear lack of proper drama and a couple of unnecessary clichés (the prosecutor is one of Kirk's ex-girlfriends). Nevertheless, the story's examination of the man vs. machine theme is still relevant, and despite the sub-par twists, Shatner and Nimoy are always a riot.

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