Star Trek

Season 1 Episode 10

The Corbomite Maneuver

Aired Unknown Nov 10, 1966 on NBC

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  • The Starship Enterprise encounters a mysterious alien being identified as 'Balok', which blocks their way and refuses to allow them to leave, threatening to destory this ship. A very good episode that leaves you guessing throughout...

    After 'Where No Man Has Gone Before', this was the first regular episode to be produced, but was held back until a bit later in the season (reportedly because NBC wanted more 'planet' based stories near the start of the run).

    Anyway, it is a really good episode. At some points, there really seems no way out for the Enterprise crew and you wonder how they're going to escape.

    Anthony Call is fair as Lt. Bailey, the episode's 'featured crew member', the edgy crewman who nearly loses his head when the Enterprise is caught in Balok's grip.
    Also keep an eye on Mr. Sulu, who for much of the episode carries out both his own duties and that for the fazed Bailey.

    There is the notable goof later in the episode, as Sulu says "One minute ... I knew he would". Balok's dialogue of "One minute" was supposed to be dubbed in between but never was.

    On first viewing, you are led to really wonder who or what Balok is. The outcome of the episode, on first viewing, is quite surprising, and a real twist.

    Although on repeat viewing you know the truth about Balok, the episode still holds up well thanks to some good writing and performances.

    All-in-all, a great episode.