In a section of unexplored space, the Enterprise comes across a marker of sorts that will not let it pass. They destroy the marker and move on but soon find themselves in conflict with an unknown alien who accuses them of trespassing and tells them they have only 10 minutes to live. Kirk decides it's time to play a little poker and literally bluff his way out of the situation by telling the alien that the Enterprise has a device on board that will destroy the alien as well as the Enterprise. The bluff works but the alien turns out to be something quite unexpected.
Did You Know?
Part of engineering's location is referred to in this episode. Kirk orders Bailey to coordinate drills with engineering, and Bailey says on two distinct occasions "On the double, Deck 5, give me the green light!" and also "Engineering Deck 5, report! Come on phaser crews, let's get with it!". He could either be referring to an engine room in the saucer on deck 5 or a separate "engineering deck 5" that exists in lower levels (where some of engineering is referenced to be in episodes like Star Trek: The Enemy Within
(1966), Star Trek: The Conscience of the King
(1966), and Star Trek: Day of the Dove
(1968)). See more
When Kirk, McCoy, and Lieutenant Bailey go on board Balok's ship at the end and discover the Balok puppet, behind the puppet is a high tech lighted panel that is supposed to be part of the alien ship; however, this same exact panel shows up in the very next broadcast episode, "The Menagerie: Part I" (1966) on the wall of the Starbase 11 Computer Center and even shows up later in numerous episodes as a panel on the wall in the Enterprise's Main Engineering Room. See more
Yes, we're very much alike, Captain. Both proud of our ships.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
Star Trek Theme Song
Written by Alexander Courage See more