Star Trek: “The Trouble with Tribbles”


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.”
– McCoy

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  • Douglas Self

    ST: the Next Generation almost killed itself off in the first season with its pompousness, political posturing, and self-righteousness. There was almost NO humor in the entire seven-season run, but at least the shows became far more watchable in season two (with Dr. Pulaski, and they should have at least brought her back on occasion, Gates McFadden was uber-hot but her character was at times way too stuffy to be tolerable).
    Interesting that Walter Koenig made more dinero for the right to use his image in the DS9 revisit to “Tribbles” than he earned for working in the original. Just shows how the dollars have grown exponentially, and how remarkable it was to produce the Original Trek in light of the shoestring budget they had to work with. You see so many props reused in later episodes there could almost be a game of “spot the prop”. Interesting enough, one of the reasons that NBC wanted to cancel Star Trek was b/c it was TOO expensive!