The Corbomite Maneuver (Episode)

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Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 2
Star Trek
Executive Producer Gene Roddenberry
Producer Gene Coon
Associate Producers Robert Justman and John D.F. Black
Created by Gene Roddenberry
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
Episode 02
Released 10 November 1966
Director Joseph Sargent
Writer Jerry Sohl

Stardate 1512.2: Kirk bluffs his way past what appears to be a powerful alien.

While exploring an uncharted area of space, the Enterprise is confronted by an alien buoy, which is emitting dangerous radiation. Soon after Captain Kirk orders the destruction of the buoy, a gigantic ship, the Fesarius, traps the Enterprise, promising to destroy the Starfleet vessel. Kirk stages a desperate bluff. He tells the alien commander, Balok, that the Enterprise is equipped with corbomite, which would destroy any attacker. The countdown is halted. When the Fesarius seems to be in distress, Kirk comes to the rescue. The Balok seen on screen is revealed to be a puppet, part of a series of tests the real Balok has been running to learn if Kirk and crew are truly peaceful. Diplomatic relations are established, and Lieutenant Bailey volunteers to remain aboard the Fesarius.

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Astrometrics Earth
Cast & Crew Call, Anthony; Cassidy, Ted; Doohan, James; Howard, Clint; Kelley, DeForest; Nichols, Nichelle; Nimoy, Leonard; Perrin, Vic; Sargent, Joseph; Shatner, William; Sohl, Jerry; Takei, George; Whitney, Grace Lee
Chronology Stardate 1512.2-1514.1; 2265
Culture chess; democracy; poker; The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Education doctor
Food coffee; salad; Tranya
People Bailey, David; Balok; Grayson, Amanda; Kirk, James T.; McCoy, Leonard; Rand, Janice; Sarek; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Sulu, Hikaru; Uhura, Nyota
Politics First Federation; Starfleet; Starfleet Ranks; United Earth; United Federation of Planets; Yeoman
Science & Technology adrenal gland; adrenaline; distress signal; First Federation warning buoy; computer; deflectors; flypaper; impulse drive; meter; metric ton; mile; light speed; phaser; recorder-marker buoy; robots; tractor beam; transporter; tricorder; warp drive; warp nacelle
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701; Fesarius, moon shuttle
Xenology Humans; Vulcans
Miscellaneous corbomite; toy soldiers
Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 2