Star Trek

Season 1 Episode 14

Balance of Terror

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Aired Unknown Dec 15, 1966 on NBC
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  • In a game of interstellar cat and mouse, the Enterprise squares off against a Romulan ship.

    8.0
    This is one of the more famous battle shows from the original series. It introduces the first recurring enemy alien race (the Romulans) and also has one of the more famous guest stars, Mark Lenard. The premise of this episode is derived from the "submarine versus surface ship" battles of World War II. To transfer this premise to space, the idea of a "cloaked ship" was invented (to take the place of a submarine underwater) as well as a "neutral zone". Throughout the episode, the Enterprise plays an interstellar cat and mouse game with the Romulan ship. It all boils down to a two man show, Kirk versus the Romulan Captain, and Shatner and Lenard are very good in the roles, leading to a fun episode.
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