Star Trek

Season 1 Episode 10

The Corbomite Maneuver

Aired Unknown Nov 10, 1966 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In one shot on the bridge, McCoy's uniform changes from the standard black collar version (as he entered the bridge) to the shiny short sleeved version (while watching the Blalok puppet) and back (when leaving with Bailey).

    • In the very first shot in this episode of the Enterprise and the quick zoom in towards the bridge the front of the warp nacelles had short gold spikes on them and the bridge dome was slightly different. This was due to the staff reusing footage from the beginning of the "The Cage."

    • Although the ship is on red alert there are still plenty of people roaming the corridors to get tossed around. During red alert all crewmembers should be at their stations.

    • When Scotty told the landing party to bend down because the ceilings were low in Balok's ship, everyone put their hands on their legs but when they arrived, Dr. McCoy's hands were not on his legs anymore.

    • Kirk asks Spock for the mass of the Fesarius (Balok's ship) and Spock advises him that "the reading goes off my scale". This starship is sent to map star systems and planets. It's highly unlikely that they would be unable to at least estimate the mass of the Fesarius; at the very least, they could do so by measuring its gravity.

    • Spock states that the Fesarius (Balok's ship) "must be a mile in diameter". Yet any one of the small spheres that make up the Fesarius dwarfs the Enterprise. If the Enterprise is about 300m long, the Fesarius would have to be around 6 km in diameter--considerably larger than a mile.

    • Lt. Uhura had a science patch on her uniform but she had a command (gold) uniform.

    • Sulu said that the cube's angles each measure 107 meters. The Enterprise is 289 meters long. If the cube was 107 meters in size, it would have to be about 1/3 the size of the Enterprise.

    • Kirk calls the Enterprise the "United Earth Ship" (U.E.S.) Enterprise, he should have said "United Space Ship" (U.S.S.)

    • The space sensor array wasn't moving at the beginning of this episode.

    • When Kirk and Spock discuss their next move after the warning buoy explodes, Spock does/doesn't have an earpiece in his right ear depending on the camera shot.

    • Once again the little gear-type clock on Sulu's position is out of sync - it reads "2:01 - 1:00 - 1:59." This messes Sulu up, since he announces they have only one minute left.

    • When Kirk gives his speech shipwide to the crew, in one hallway camera shot a crewman is totally frozen with one foot raised in the air.

  • Quotes

    • Spock: I regret not having learned more about this Balok. He was reminiscent of my father.
      Scotty: May Heaven have helped your mother.
      Spock: Quite the contrary. She considered herself a very fortunate Earth woman.

    • Balok: You and I are much alike, Captain. Both proud of our ships.

    • Kirk: I'll take two men with me. Dr. McCoy, to examine and treat the alien if necessary, and you, Mr. Bailey.
      Bailey: Sir?
      Kirk: The face of the unknown. I believe I owe you a look at it.

    • Kirk: You saw the alarm lights flashing from there, McCoy. Why didn't you tell me?
      McCoy: (yelling as Kirk leaves sick bay) I finally finished a physical on you, didn't I? What am I, a doctor or a moon shuttle conductor? (to himself) If I jumped every time a light came on around here, I'd end up talking to myself.

    • Kirk: Dr. McCoy, I've heard you say that man is ultimately superior to any mechanical device.
      McCoy: No, I never say that, either.
      Kirk: I could've sworn I heard you say that.

    • Kirk: When I get my hands on the headquarters genius who assigned me a female yeoman...
      McCoy: What's the matter, Jim? Don't you trust yourself?
      Kirk: I've already got a female to worry about. Her name is the Enterprise.

    • Kirk: 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: This is the Captain of the Enterprise. Our respect for other life forms requires that we give you this... warning. There is one critical item of information that has never been incorporated into the memory banks of any Earth ship. Since the early years of space exploration, Earth vessels have had incorporated into them a substance known as... corbomite. It is a material and a device which prevents attack on us. If any destructive energy touches our vessel, a reverse reaction of equal strength is created, destroying...
      Balok: You now have two minutes.
      Kirk: ...destroying the attacker. It may interest you to know that since the initial use of corbomite more than two of our centuries ago, no attacking vessel has survived the attempt. Death has... little meaning to us. If it has none to you then attack us now. We grow annoyed at your foolishness.

    • Spock: Has it occurred to you that there's a certain... inefficiency in constantly questioning me on things you've already made up your mind about?
      Kirk: It gives me emotional security.

    • Bailey: We've got phaser weapons, I vote we blast it!
      Kirk: I'll keep that in mind, Mr. Bailey... when this becomes a democracy.

    • Kirk: Aren't you the one who said a little suffering is good for the soul?
      McCoy: I never say that!

    • Bailey: Raising my voice back there doesn't mean I was scared or couldn't do my job. It means I happen to have a human thing called an adrenaline gland.
      Spock: It does sound most inconvenient, however. Have you considered having it removed?
      (Sulu laughs)
      Bailey: Very funny.
      Sulu: Try to cross brains with Spock, he'll cut you to pieces every time.

  • Notes

    • In September 2006, just under 40 years after this episode aired, Clint Howard appeared in character as Balok in the special Comedy Central Presents : The Roast of William Shatner.

    • On the weekend of November 18-19th, 2006 TVLand showed mini-marathons of Star Trek TOS episodes and Star Trek-related shows to note the aquisition of the series for their regular line-up. Showing the episodes out of original broadcast order, they followed up this episode with the second season episode "The Deadly Years" presumably because both episodes mention the fictional explosive compound corbomite.

    • The late Ted Cassidy (Balok puppet) was Lurch on The Addams Family (ABC, 1964-66). He also made a previous appearance as Ruk in the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"

    • Uhura wears a gold uniform in this episode.

    • This is an early episode, so Kirk announces his ship for the first and last time as the "United Earth Ship Enterprise," rather then "Federation."

    • This episode was originally slated to be episode number 2, and the first appearance of Doctor McCoy, Yeoman Rand, and Lt. Uhura.

  • Allusions

    • Balok: In your culture, he would be Mr. Hyde, to my Jekyll.
      The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a story by Robert Louis Stevenson, originally published in the late 19th century. In the tale, Dr. Jekyll, a peaceful man, created a potion that unleashed his "evil side", the murderous Mr. Hyde. Since its publication, the term "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" has come into colloquial use, to refer to the good and evil parts of a person.

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