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?
Although the script instructed Leonard Nimoy
to emote a fearful reaction upon his first sight of Big Balok, director Joseph Sargent
suggested to Nimoy that he ignore what the script called for and instead simply react with the single word "Fascinating." The suggestion of this response helped refine the Spock character and provide him with a now-legendary catchphrase. See more
During emergency alert crew members wouldn't be casually walking around the passageways while the ship is under attack. We see some of them knocked around when the Enterprise escapes from the tractor beam from the alien ship. They should be at their work places or at least secure somewhere on the ship at that time. See more
Lt. Cmdr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy, M.D.
What am I, a doctor or a moon shuttle conductor?
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
Referenced in Free Enterprise
Star Trek Theme Song
Written by Alexander Courage See more