Star Trek: “The Corbomite Maneuver”


If there’s any episode in my eyes that completely captures the spirit of Star Trek (at least my idea of what the spirit of Star Trek should be), it’s this one. An episode about the human condition in space, the discovery of something new, and a resolution that doesn’t end in violence, but the start of a new friendship.

I love everything about this episode. Lt. Bailey is a great one-off character and, in my opinion, the perfect person to send off with Balock at the end as, although his eyes have been opened, still needs some education about space and all its wonders.

There’s so much stuff in this episode that turns out perfect. Spock’s cold logic, Kirk bluffing to win, and the tension that builds up all around the ship during the standoff. Let’s not forget the cameo from Clint Howard at the end, that makes everything spot on.

One of my favorites.


Interesting Fact: Ted Cassidy, who had appeared only a few episodes as the android “Ruk” in “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” guest starts again as the voice of the Balock puppet.

“You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown. There is no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”
– Kirk

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