Balance of Terror (Episode)

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Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 8
Star Trek
Executive Producer Gene Roddenberry
Producer Gene Coon
Associate Producers Robert Justman and John D.F. Black
Created by Gene Roddenberry
"Balance of Terror"
Episode 08
Released 15 December 1966
Director Vincent McEveety
Writer Paul Schneider

After attacking an outpost, Romulans battle the Enterprise.

The Enterprise is patrolling along the Romulan Neutral Zone, a border between the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire. As Captain Kirk is performing a wedding ceremony for crewmembers Angela Martine and Robert Tomlinson, an outpost along the border announces that it is under attack from the Romulans. Kirk witnesses the destruction of the outpost, but is helpless to assist. The Romulans have perfected an invention that renders their ships invisible, and Kirk reasons he must overtake and destroy the enemy vessel before it can return home. To the surprise of all, transmissions intercepted from the Romulan ship reveal that they look almost exactly like Vulcans, which causes Lieutenant Stiles to express his distrust of Spock. When the Romulan Commander is finally cornered, he destroys his ship rather than surrender—and Stiles, whose life was saved by Spock, realizes his prejudicial attitude is wrong.


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Astrometrics: Comet Icarus IV; Earth; Earth Outposts 1-8; Remus; Romii; Romulan Neutral Zone; Romulus; Vulcan
Cast & Crew: Baldavin, Barbara; Comi, Paul; Doohan, James; Kelley, DeForest; Lenard, Mark; McEveety, Vincent; Mines, Stephen; Montaigne, Lawrence; Nichols, Nichelle; Nimoy, Leonard; Schneider, Paul; Shatner, William; Takei, George; Walberg, Gary; Warburton, John; Whitney, Grace Lee
Chronology: Stardate 1709.2-1709.6; 2156-2160; 2265
Culture: marriage
Education: doctor
People: Centurion; Decius; Hansen; Kirk, James T.; Martine, Angela; McCoy, Leonard; Rand, Janice; Romulan Commander; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Stiles, Andrew; Stiles family; Sulu, Hikaru; Tomlinson, Robert; Uhura, Nyota
Politics: Praetor; Romulan Neutral Zone; Romulan Star Empire; Romulan War; Starfleet; Starfleet Ranks; United Federation of Planets; Yeoman
Science & Technology: cloaking device; computer; deflector; impulse drive; iron; nuclear weapon; phaser; plasma torpedo; rodinium; shields; subspace; subspace radio; transporter; tricorder; warp drive; warp nacelle
Ships & Vehicles: Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701; Romulan Bird of Prey
Xenology: Humans; Romulans; Vulcans
Miscellaneous: Red Alert
Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 8