Star Trek

The Enterprise Incident

Season 3, Ep 2, Aired 9/27/68
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  • Episode Description
  • Captain Kirk becomes increasingly erratic and orders the Enterprise into Romulan space...where the ship is captured by a beautiful Romulan commander.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • William Shatner

    Captain James Tiberius Kirk

  • DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

  • D.C. Fontana

  • John Meredyth Lucas

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • The Enterprise is sent on a secret mission and captured by Romulans.

    By Celedorian, Dec 11, 2010

  • This is one of those episodes that broke new ground in serialized storytelling.

    By williamwanker, Dec 09, 2009

  • A little bit too hard to believe

    By Neenach, Jan 28, 2007

  • An erratic acting Captain Kirk orders the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone, where the ship is surrounded by Romulan warbirds. Kirk is charged with espionage - but there is much more to the situation than first appears. One of the season's better offerings

    By Jay-Spacedust, Dec 11, 2008

  • Kirk is eratic and depressed. He takes the crew into forbidden space.

    By daisyduke71, Nov 22, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Kirk: The design of the ship is the same. Mr. Spock? You said you had a theory on why your sensors didn't pick up the new ships until they were upon us. Spock: I believe the Romulans have developed a cloaking device which renders our tracking sensors useless. Kirk: If so, the Romulans could attack into Federation territory before we would know they were there. Before a vessel or a planet could even begin to get their defenses up. Scott: They caught us right enough. Kirk: Well that's a brilliant observation, Mr. Scott. Do you have any other helpful opinions?

    • Romulan Commander: There is no force I could use on a Vulcan that would make him speak. There are, however, methods that are completely effective against humans, and human weaknesses. Spock: They would prove ineffective against the Captain. Romulan Commander: Then they will leave him dead, or what might be worse than dead.

    • Uhura: Doctor, beam aboard the Romulan flagship immediately. There's been an injury. McCoy: I don't make house calls.

    • Romulan Commander: Is my attire now more appropriate, Mr. Spock? Spock: Commander, your attire is not only more appropriate, it should actually stimulate our conversation.

    • Romulan Commander: Mr. Spock. You do know I have a first name. Spock: I was beginning to wonder. Romulan Commander: Well, I do. Would you like to hear it? (she whispers) Spock: How rare and how beautiful. But so incongruous when spoken by a soldier. Romulan Commander: If you will give me a moment, the soldier will transform herself... into a woman.

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    Notes (2)

    • In the Remastered Edition of this episode, the three Romulan ships surrounding the Enterprise are two designed like the Klingon battle cruiser and a single Romulan Bird of Prey. The Klingon-style ships bear the Romulan Bird of Prey insignia on their ventral side.

    • Features the first appearance of the Klingon battle cruiser. The Romulans were using this ship so the producers could save on the cost it took to actually build the cruiser. [Editor's note: Technically, "Elaan of Troyius" (#60043-57) featured the first appearance of the Klingon battle cruiser since it was made before this episode. (#60043-59)]

    Trivia (14)

    • Somehow, just before Spock is being beamed back to the Enterprise, the Romulan Commander hears the transporter sound effect and quickly gets in proximity to him, getting beamed away with him. However, the sound effect is usually heard at the same time the transportee begins to vanish, not before.

    • There seems to be no reason for the Romulan Commander to believe Kirk is still aboard the Romulan ship with the cloaking device. For one thing, he uses the transporter to escape and that should have been detected. Even if it wasn't, why would she believe the intruder was still on the ship? Instead, she seems to assume the thief is still on the ship and wastes time searching.

    • Kirk rather handily disposes of two Romulan guards, with a single punch and later a single kick. It's hard to imagine him knocking out Spock so readily, compared to these trained warriors.

    • Given the two Romulan officers beam aboard as hostages, there seems no reason for them to instantly draw their guns. Or even come aboard armed.

    • When Tal gives them one hour to consider surrender, there's an odd reverb effect to his voice that is not present previously, and for which there is no on-screen reason.

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