Court Martial (Episode)

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Court Martial
"Court Martial" (TOS15)

"Court Martial" (TOS15)
Series Star Trek
Season 1
Episode 20
Production Number 15

Previous The Galileo Seven (TOS14)
Next The Menagerie (TOS16)
Released 2 Feb 1967
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 2947.3: 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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Related Data

Astrometrics Alpha III; Earth; Mars; Starbase 11
Chronology Prime Timeline; 2262; 2267; Stardate 2945.7-2950.1
Culture Bible; chess
Education attorney; doctor; doctorate; physician; Starfleet Academy; surgeon
Food alcohol; coffee; Saurian brandy
People Bailiff; Chandra; Samuel Cogley; Corrigan; Enterprise personnel officer; Ben Finney; Jame Finney; Hammurabi; Hansen; Justinian; James T. Kirk; Krasnovsky; Lindstrom; Leonard McCoy; Mike; Moses; Areel Shaw; Spock; L.T. Stone; Teller; Timothy; Nyota Uhura
Politics Code of Hammurabi; Code of Justinian; Constitution of the United States of America; court martial; Fundamental Declarations of the Martian Colonies; Judge Advocate General; Magna Carta; murder; perjury; Starfleet; Starfleet Command; Starfleet Ranks (Midshipman, Ensign, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain, Commodore); Statutes of Alpha III; Tribunal of Alpha III; United States of America
Science & Technology atomic matter pile; audio receiver; bell; blood; books; communications; communicator; companel; computer; gravity; hammer; heart; heartbeat; ion pod; ion storm; impulse drive; Jefferies tube; microtapes; nacelle; orbit; PADD; phasers (Type 2); psychology; static electricity; time (second, minute, day, month, year); transporter; tricorder; turbolift; viewscreen; warp drive; white sound device; wrench
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; U.S.S. Constitution NCC-1700; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701; U.S.S. Essex NCC-1697; U.S.S. Excalibur NCC-1664; U.S.S. Hood NCC-1703; U.S.S. Intrepid NCC-1631; U.S.S. Lexington NCC-1709; NCC-1718; NCC-1872; NCC-1886; Shuttlecraft Picasso SB11-1201/1; U.S.S. Republic NCC-1371
Xenology Humans; hybrids; Vulcans
Miscellaneous bridge; briefing room; commanding officer; first officer; Grankite Order of Tactics; Karagite Order of Heroism; Legion of Honor; logs; main engineering; Medal of Honor; Palm Leaf of Axanar Peace Mission; Phase I search; Prantares Ribbon of Commendation; Red Alert; science officer; Silver Palm; Starfleet Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry; Starfleet delta; Starfleet Uniforms (2266); Vulcanian Expedition; Vulcanian Scientific Legion of Honor; Yellow Alert


William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Directed by
Marc Daniels

Teleplay by
Don M. Mankiewicz and Steven W. Carabatsos

Story by
Don M. Mankiewicz

Produced by
Gene L. Coon

Executive Producer
Gene Roddenberry

Created by
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producer
Robert H. Justman

Script Consultant
Steven W. Carabatsos

Percy Rodriguez as Portmaster Stone
Elisha Cook as Cogley
Joan Marshall as Areel Shaw


DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
Richard Webb as Finney
Hagan Beggs as Helmsman
Winston DeLugo as Timothy
Alice Rawlings as Jame Finney
Nancy Wong as Enterprise personnel officer
Bart Conrad as Krasnovsky
William Meader as Board Officer
Reginald Lal Singh as Board Officer

Music Composed and Conducted by
Alexander Courage

Director of Photography
Jerry Finnerman

Art Directors
Rolland M. Brooks
Walter M. Jefferies

Film Editor
Bruce Schoengarth

Assistant to the Producer
Edward K. Milkis

Assistant Director
Gregg Peters

Set Decorator
Marvin March

Costumes Created by
William Theiss

Post Production Executive
Bill Heath

Music Editor
Robert H. Raff

Sound Editor
Douglas H. Grindstaff

Sound Mixer
Jack F. Lilly

Photographic Effects
Film Effects of Hollywood

Script Supervisor
George A. Rutter

Music Consultant
Wilbur Hatch

Music Coordinator
Julian Davidson

Special Effects
Jim Rugg

Property Master
Irving A. Feinberg

George H. Merhoff

Head Grip
George Rader

Production Supervisor
Bernard A. Widin

Makeup Artist
Fred B. Phillips, S.M.A.

Hair Styles by
Virginia Darcy, C.H.S.

Wardrobe Mistress
Margaret Makau

Joseph D'Agosta

Glen Glenn Sound Co.

A Desilu Production

In Association with
Norway Corporation

Executive in Charge of Production
Herbert F. Solow