Balance of Terror (Episode)

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"Balance of Terror"
"Balance of Terror" (TOS09)

"Balance of Terror" (TOS09)
Series Star Trek
Season 1
Episode 14
Production Number 09

Previous Charlie X (TOS08)
Next What Are Little Girls Made Of? (TOS10)
Released 15 Dec 1966
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 1709.2: 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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Related Data

Astrometrics asteroids; Comet Icarus IV; Earth; Earth Outposts 1-8; Remus; Romii; Romulan Neutral Zone; Romulus; sector; Sector Z-6; Vulcan
Chronology Prime Timeline; c.2160; 2266; Stardate 1709.2-1709.6
Culture cruise; dancing; engagement; marriage; sorcerer; tennis; wedding
Education doctor; doctorate; physician
Food coffee
People Brenner; Centurion; Decius; Fields; Hansen; Kirk, James T.; Martine, Angela; McCoy, Leonard; Navigator; Rand, Janice; Romulan Commander; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Stiles, Andrew; Stiles family; Sulu, Hikaru; Tomlinson, Robert; Uhura, Nyota
Politics Command Base; Federation law; Romulan Neutral Zone; Romulan Praetor; Romulan Ranks (Centurion, Commander); Romulan Star Empire; Romulan War; Starfleet; Starfleet Ranks (Crewman, Ensign, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain); treaty; yeoman
Science & Technology asteroid; bearing; bed; camera; cloaking device; comet; communications; companel; computer; cryptography; deflector; distress call; fire; heading; impulse drive; iron; meter; microtapes; mile; nacelle; nuclear weapons; PADD; phaser coolant; phasers (shipboard); plasma torpedo; plastiform; radiation; radiation sickness; recorder-marker buoy; rodinium; sector; self-destruct; sensors; shields; subspace; subspace radio; time (cycles, hour, minute, second);transporter; tricorder; viewscreen; warp drive
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701; Romulan Bird of Prey
Xenology Humans; hybrids; Romulans; Vulcans
Miscellaneous Achilles heel; battle stations; bigotry; bridge; briefing room; captain's quarters; chapel; chief engineer; chief medical officer; commanding officer; first officer; galley; logs; Main Engineering; phaser control room; port; Red Alert; science officer; sickbay; sorcerer; sorcery; starboard; Starfleet Uniforms (2266)


William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Directed by
Vincent McEveety

Written by
Paul Schneider

Created and Produced by
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producers
Robert H. Justman, John D.F. Black

Also Starring
Mark Lenard as Romulan Commander

Paul Comi as Styles
Lawrence Montaigne as Decius

DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy
Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Rand

George Takei as Sulu
James Doohan as Scott
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
Stephen Mines as Tomlinson
Barbara Baldavin as Angela
Garry Walberg as Hansen

John Warburton as The Centurion

Theme Music by
Alexander Courage

Music Composed and Conducted by
Fred Steiner

Director of Photography
Jerry Finnerman

Art Directors
Rolland M. Brooks
Walter M. Jefferies

Film Editor
Robert L. Swanson

Assistant to the Producer
Edward K. Milkis

Assistant Director
Gregg Peters

Set Decorator
Carl F. Biddiscombe

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 A. 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