Court Martial (Episode)

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Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 14
Star Trek
"Court Martial"
Stardate 2947.3
Series Star Trek
Episode Number 14
Release Date 2 February 1967
Writer Don M. Mankiewicz and Stephen W. Carabatsos
Story Don M. Mankiewicz
Director James Goldstone

Kirk is recalled for a potential court-martial. During an ion storm, the Enterprise takes a severe buffeting and Records Officer Ben Finney enters the starship's ion pod to take important readings. When the storm makes it necessary to jettison the pod, Captain Kirk follows normal procedures and warns Finney to evacuate. The pod is jettisoned, with Finney apparently still inside. At Starbase 11, Commodore L.T. Stone institutes a court martial against Kirk after discovering that computer records show that the captain did not give Finney an adequate chance to escape from the pod. Lieutenant Areel Shaw, the prosecuting attorney and an old girlfriend of Kirk's, retains the brilliant but eccentric lawyer Samuel Cogley to defend the captain. Although the evidence is against Kirk, Mr. Spock refuses to believe that his captain did not go by the rules. The Vulcan decides that the Enterprise computer's evidence is wrong. He plays chess with the computer, winning several games, and thereby discovers the machine's programming has been altered. Finney is actually alive, in hiding aboard the ship: due to an old grudge, he had hoped to fake his death to discredit Kirk.


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Astrometrics: Alpha III; Earth; Mars; Starbase 11; Yko
Cast & Crew: Beggs, Hagan; Carabatsos, Stephen; Conrad, Bart; Cook, Elisha Jr.; DeLugo, Winston; Doohan, James; Goldstone, James; Kelley, DeForest; Lalsingh, Reginald; Mankiewicz, Don; Marshall, Joan; Meader, William; Nichols, Nichelle; Nimoy, Leonard; Rawlings, Alice; Rodrigues, Percy; Shatner, William; Takei, George; Webb, Richard
Chronology: Stardate 2945.7-2950.1; 2262; 2266
Culture: Bible; chess
Education: attorney; doctor; Starfleet Academy
People: Chandra; Cogley, Samuel; Corrigan; Enterprise Records Officer; Finney, Benjamin; Finney, Jamie; Hansen; Kirk, James T.; Krasnowsky; Lindstrom; McCoy, Leonard; Mike; Moses; Scott, Montgomery; Shaw, Areel; Spock; Stone, L.T.; Sulu, Hikaru; Teller; Timothy; Uhura, Nyota
Politics: Code of Hammurabi; Code of Justinian; Constitution of the United States of America; court martial; Fundamental Declarations of the Martian Colonies; Magna Carta; Starfleet; Starfleet Command; Starfleet Ranks; Statutes of Alpha III; United Federation of Planets; United States of America
Science & Technology: books; computer; gravity; hammer; ion pod; ion storm; impulse drive; phaser; psychology; transporter; tricorder; warp drive; warp nacelle; white sound device
Ships & Vehicles: Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701; U.S.S. Intrepid NCC-1631; U.S.S. Republic NCC-1371
Xenology: Humans; Vulcans
Miscellaneous: Grankite Order of Tactics; Karagite Order of Heroism; Legion of Honor; Medal of Honor; Palm Leaf of Axanar Peace Mission; Phase I search; Prantares Ribbon of Commendation; Red Alert; Silver Palm; Starfleet Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry; Vulcanian Expedition; Vulcanian Scientific Legion of Honor; Yellow Alert
Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 14