Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Corbomite Maneuver 

After the Enterprise is forced to destroy a dangerous marker buoy, a gigantic alien ship arrives to capture and condemn the crew as trespassers.


Joseph Sargent


Jerry Sohl, Gene Roddenberry (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Anthony D. Call Anthony D. Call ... Dave Bailey (as Anthony Call)
Clint Howard ... Balok
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Grace Lee Whitney ... Yeoman Rand
George Takei ... Sulu
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura


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. Written by garykmcd

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10 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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This episode was originally scheduled to air much earlier than it did, but the large amount of visual effects took several months to complete. The producers had to delay the planned airdate twice, before eventually broadcasting it as the tenth episode of the season. See more »


In the conference room, Bailey starts to comm an order for the phaser crew to stand by, before Captain Kirk cuts him off. But no one tells the phaser crew to ignore the interrupted message and no one from the phaser crew comms back to find out what to do. See more »


Capt. Kirk: This is the Captain speaking. First Federation vessel is in distress. We're preparing to board it. There are lives at stake, by our standards Alien life, but lives nevertheless. Captain out.
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Killer moves
20 May 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'The Corbomite Maneuver' has the good stuff - drama, suspense - but it's mostly about attitude. When you're out there in deep space, dogged by (essentially) an intergalactic bully, do you fall to pieces like crewman Bailey (placeholder until a new navigator comes along) or do you hold steady in the captain's chair and outwit the pother guy with an epic bluff? In the end, it all turns out to be creepy Clint Howard behind all of this, and all he really wanted was a friend. But it's the poker-inspired standoff between himself and Kirk that really makes this one cool. You can see the seeds of the Kobayashi Maru being sown here with Kirk's creative solution to the problem, and it makes for some solid tension.


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