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Encyclopedia > The Corbomite Maneuver (TOS episode)
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
Star Trek: TOS episode

The Enterprise encounters the Fesarius,
The Corbomite Maneuver
Episode no. 10
Prod. code 003
Airdate November 10, 1966
Writer(s) Jerry Sohl
Director Joseph Sargent
Guest star(s) Clint Howard
Anthony Call
Vic Perrin
Ted Cassidy
Eddie Paskey
William Blackburn
Frank da Vinci
Ron Veto
Sean Morgan
Mittie Lawrence
Ena Hartman
Gloria Calomee
Bruce Mars
John Gabriel
Jonathan Lippe
Stewart Moss
Previous episode
"Dagger Of The Mind"
Stardate 1512.2 Year 2266
Next episode
"The Menagerie (Parts 1 & 2)"

"The Corbomite Maneuver" is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first aired November 10, 1966, and repeated May 11, 1967. It is commonly considered episode #3 — the first regular episode of Star Trek produced after the two pilots, although it was aired later in the season. It was written by Jerry Sohl and directed by Joseph Sargent. Image from Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Corbomite Maneuver © 1966 Paramount Pictures, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ... November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 51 days remaining. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies are made. ... Gerald Allan Sohl Sr. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... Clint Howard (born April 20, 1959 in Burbank, California) is an American actor and brother of actor and director Ron Howard and the son of actor Rance Howard. ... Vic Perrin (1916-1989) was an American actor and voice artist. ... Theodore Crawford Ted Cassidy (born July 31, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; died January 16, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) was an American actor who played Lurch (in which role he was able to demonstrate his genuine skill on the harpsichord) and Thing on The Addams Family. ... Eddie Paskey-is an actor who is primarily known for playing the uncredited Lieutenant Leslie in the original Star Trek. ... Frank da Vinci is a stuntman and stand-in who appeared on Star Trek: The Original Series. ... Note: For the actor of the same name, see John Gabriel (actor). ... Dagger of the Mind is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... Stardate is the dating convention used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... The Menagerie is the first and only two-part episode of the Star Trek: The Original Series. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 51 days remaining. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (132nd in leap years). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gerald Allan Sohl Sr. ...


The episode features a very young Clint Howard, brother of actor turned director Ron Howard, who plays the alien "child" at the end. This was also the first episode in which DeForest Kelley played Dr. Leonard McCoy, although viewers saw him for the first time in "The Man Trap". Clint Howard (born April 20, 1959 in Burbank, California) is an American actor and brother of actor and director Ron Howard and the son of actor Rance Howard. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy DeForest Kelley - 1988 Jackson DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999) was an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Leonard Bones McCoy in the 1966–1969 television series Star Trek (TOS) and the first six Star Trek motion pictures. ... Leonard Horatio McCoy, M.D., nicknamed Bones, is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe, played by the late DeForest Kelley. ... The Man Trap was the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series to air on NBC. It is episode #6, and was broadcast on Thursday, September 8, 1966 at 8:30pm. ...


Quick Overview: The USS Enterprise encounters a massive starship and its unusual pilot. The early Earth starship Enterprise (NX-01) The original Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701) The second Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) The third Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) The fourth Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) The fifth Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) The sixth Federation starship... This article is about the vehicle for interstellar travel. ...

On stardate 1512.2, the USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, finishes up its third day of mapping stars when Navigator Lt. David Bailey locates a large spinning cube floating in space that is casting brilliant colored light. Mr. Scott analyzes the object but is at a loss to how it's powered or controlled. Stardate is the dating convention used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... James Tiberius Kirk (William Shatner) was captain of two Starships Enterprise (NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A) in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Montgomery Scott, nicknamed Scotty, is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe. ...


Meanwhile, Dr. McCoy is giving Captain Kirk his annual physical exam, concluding the Captain must restrict his diet down to salad for the time being, much to his chargrin. Spock calls down to inform Kirk about the object, reporting it is holding steady. Kirk orders the ship to move away from the object, but in doing so, the device beams blinding radiation at the Enterprise and Kirk is forced to destroy it. Lt. Bailey becomes fearful of the situation and questions Kirk's decision to attack the object.


Responding to the object's destruction (which is discovered to be a boundary marker) a gigantic glowing sphere, which fills up the bridge viewscreen, approaches quickly upon the Enterprise. Contact is made with the vessel's controller, who calls himself Balok and identifies his vessel as the Fesarius; the flagship of the "First Federation".


Mr. Spock manages to get a visual of Balok, who appears as an almost skeletal, expressionless, green-skinned humanoid with a fearful drooping face. Balok ignores Kirk's greetings, and threatens to destroy the Enterprise for trespassing into First Federation territory and taking hostile actions by destroying the marker buoy. Balok informs the crew they have 10 minutes to consult their deities before their demise. Ambassador Spock, commonly called Mr. ...


Kirk however, does not believe the threat is legitimate, and suspects this Balok is hiding something. Kirk makes a risky bluff, informing the alien that the Enterprise is equipped with a powerful self destruct mechanism called the "Corbomite Device", based on a substance of the same name. If activated, Kirk says, it will redirect the force of any attack to the attacker, and destroy both ships.


Falling for the ruse, Balok offers to tow the Enterprise to a nearby planet where he will spare the crew but destroy the ship. The Fesarius moves in to capture the Enterprise, and as soon as it extends a tractor beam, Kirk orders the Enterprise to pull away with engines on full, which overloads the alien vessel's power systems, disabling it.


Kirk, Dr. McCoy, and Lt. Bailey form a landing party and beam over to the alien ship to render assistance. They are told by the transporter operator to stoop over since the ceiling height of the alien ship is very low. Upon their arrival they discover the Balok who appeared on their monitor is just a dummy. Becoming suspicious, Kirk and the others locate the real captain of the ship, an alien who appears as nothing more than a humanoid child. The being identifies himself as the real Balok, and happily greets Captain Kirk and his companions, offering them a drink of "tranya" a favorite beverage of his.


Kirk demands to know what the alien's intentions were, and Balok admits that he was only studying them to see if mankind could be trusted and promises he meant no harm toward them. The little alien believes his natural appearance would never frighten a potential enemy away, and only disguised as a hideous looking alien and using a very "big" ship, would they be driven off.


Kirk and company finally relax and sit with the being, trying his drink which is not bad. Balok informs them that he wishes to learn more about humans, so Lt. Bailey offers to remain behind with the alien to exchange information about their cultures.


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