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?
Sulu has transferred to the command division from the sciences division following his premiere in Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before
(1966). This the first production episode in which he occupies his familiar seat at the helm. The change was made because the producers realized there's no need for an astrophysicist in every episode, yet they had to have someone sitting at the helm. See more
When Spock puts the image of Balock on the main viewscreen, McCoy's shirt changes from a standard long-sleeved duty tunic to a short sleeve medical smock, then changes back again. See more
We must drink. This is tranya. I hope you relish it as much as I.
Referenced in Free Enterprise
Star Trek Theme Song
Written by Alexander Courage See more