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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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 »


Balok: Yes, we're very much alike, Captain. Both proud of our ships.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


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Star Trek Theme Song
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Enterprise Encounters An Alien Being And Gives A Bluff
21 December 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Season 1, episode 10. The Enterprise encounters a very dangerous space buoy, a space marker/barrier, and ends up destroying it. Kirk has a choice of going back or to continue forward, he decides to plow forward. All seems fine until they encounter and alien ship, they hail the Enterprise and Commander Balok gives them 10 minutes to be destroyed. Kirk comes up with the idea of a poker game with the aliens and bluffs them with the ship having dangerous (but fictitious) corbomite. The aliens wants proof of it's existence because their scans didn't pick it up and ends up dragging the enterprise with a tractor beam to First Federation space. Some of the crew of the Enterprise beam over to Balok's ship and end up with a pleasant surprise.

Kind of an odd episode but good as usual with a surprise ending.


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