Doing comedy on Star Trek is not something that the show has historically done very well. Take a look at some of the Feringi comedy episodes from Deep Space Nine or the almost total lack of humor from The Next Generation and you’ll know what I mean.
Fortunately, this episode is not only light-hearted science fiction, it’s also cute and funny and a genuine piece of American mythology. I fully believe that in a hundred years, even if people forget all about Star Trek, they’ll still know what a tribble is.
On top of that, it’s genuinely creative and even works in the contemporary problem of food shortages into the narrative.
Does it come off as a little too goofy at times? Of course it does… but I would say the episode works in spite of that.
Interesting Fact: According to Walter Keonig, he was paid more for his image appearing in Deep Space Nine’s “Trials and Tribble-ations” than he did for appearing in person in “The Trouble with Tribbles.”
“From my observations, it seems they’re are bisexual, reproducing at will. And, brother, have they got a lot of will.”