Having received a Priority One distress call from an outlying space station, the Enterprise arrives to find they have been summoned there by a Federation commissioner merely to protect a shipment of seeds meant to sow wheat on Sherman's planet. The planet is also coveted by the Klingons, who are taking shore leave at the station. The trouble arises with tribbles - small furry creatures that seem to multiply without end. However, their fortuitous presence reveals both a problem with the wheat and a traitor on the space station.
Did You Know?
In David Gerrold
's book "The Trouble with Tribbles," he quoted a memo he wrote when the show was being prepared suggesting that the character of Cyrano Jones be changed from an unscrupulous trader to an old man who was too befuddled to realize what he was doing by importing Tribbles into a space station and on a star ship. "What a role for Boris Karloff
," Gerrold wrote in his memo. In the book, Gerrold expressed regret he didn't pursue this idea further because it would have gotten the legendary Karloff onto "Star Trek." See more
During the fight scene in the barroom, Cyrano Jones has the drink machine make two drinks, which he carries as he heads to the exit. The drinks are both in the same style tumbler, with no stem or base. When he gets to the door, and the bartender takes the drink out of his hands (the bartender was a little slow in entering), Cyrano Jones takes the second drink out of his pocket. Magically, the tumbler has grown a short stem and base. See more
I wanna know what killed these tribbles.
I haven't figured out what keeps them alive yet.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more