“Court Martial” was always a take it or leave it episode for me. I never really hated it as it was pretty philosophical and deep in places as far as the law went, but on the other hand it was frightfully dull with an ending and a twist that I just didn’t like one bit.
As I’ve grown older, I can appreciate the “Perry Mason in Space” plot and I’ve learned to love a lot of the “boring stuff” that threw me off as a kid. The guest stars are top notch, the dialogue is really something, and the look into future law is always interesting.
The twist where Finney is alive and just hiding on the ship? Still don’t like it. It was stupid even for campy 60’s television. It’s like all consequences were wiped away and it costs this episode some serious points.
Interesting Fact: This is the first episode to use the terms Starfleet and Starfleet Command. Fortunately, unlike UESPA, Space Fleet Command, or Space Central this one actually stuck.
“Rights, sir, human rights–the Bible, the Code of Hammurabi and of Justinian, Magna Carta, the Constitution of the United States, Fundamental Declarations of the Martian colonies, the Statutes of Alpha 3–gentlemen, these documents all speak of rights. Rights of the accused to a trial by his peers, to be represented by counsel, the rights of cross-examination, but most importantly, the right to be confronted by the witnesses against him–a right to which my client has been denied.”