Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Trouble with Tribbles 

To protect a space station with a vital grain shipment, Kirk must deal with Federation bureaucrats, a Klingon battle cruiser and a peddler who sells furry, purring, hungry little creatures as pets.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), David Gerrold
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
William Schallert ... Nilz Baris
William Campbell ... Koloth
Stanley Adams ... Cyrano Jones
Whit Bissell ... Lurry
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Michael Pataki ... Korax
Edwin Reimers Edwin Reimers ... Admiral Fitzpatrick (as Ed Reimers)
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Charlie Brill ... Arne Darvin
Paul Baxley Paul Baxley ... Ensign Freeman
David L. Ross ... Guard (as David Ross)
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Storyline

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. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Kirk tells Koloth that he has 6 hours to get off the station. Since Klingons can't stand to be around Tribbles, when the Tribbles Kirk is holding start their trilling noise, Koloth gives a head nod and a slight bow to acknowledge the command, but the bow looks a bit like a little curtsy. See more »

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Chekov's drink repeatedly changes hands between shots. See more »

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[last lines]
[all tribbles have been removed from the Enterprise, but nobody seems eager to tell Kirk what happened to them]
Capt. Kirk: Mister Scott. Where - are - the tribbles?
Scott: I used the transporter, Captain.
Capt. Kirk: You used the transporter?
Scott: Aye.
Capt. Kirk: Well, where did you transport them?
[the others are looking away, trying to appear not involved]
Capt. Kirk: Scott, you didn't transport them into space, did you?
Scott: Captain Kirk! That'd be inhuman!
[...]
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Referenced in Timeless: Stranded (2016) See more »

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Overrated, especially because Gerrold ripped off Heinlein
20 March 2013 | by esskayessSee all my reviews

It's moderately fun to watch, though slapstick has never fit in well with the overall image of the sci-fi great that is Star Trek.

That being said, Gerrold got away with murder by lifting most of the story from Robert Heinlein's "The Rolling Stones," which tells of furry "flat cats" that are born pregnant, make a soothing vibration when petted and multiply so quickly that they fill up a spaceship. Sound familiar?

Heinlein graciously allowed Gerrold to take the accolades for this, but facts are facts and the fact here is that the heart of the story was stolen.


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