The Corbomite Maneuver (Episode)

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"The Corbomite Maneuver"
"The Corbomite Maneuver"

"The Corbomite Maneuver"
Series Star Trek
Season 1
Episode 10
Production Number 03

Previous Where No Man Has Gone Before (TOS02)
Next Mudd's Women (TOS04)
Released 10 Nov 1966
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

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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Related Data

Astrometrics Earth
Chronology Prime Timeline; Stardate 1512.2-1514.1; 2266
Culture chess; democracy; devil; gods; poker; science fiction; The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; toy soldiers
Education doctor; doctorate; physician; textbook
Food alcohol; coffee; salad; tranya
People Abrams; Bailey, David; Balok; Bobby; Brent; Command Lieutenant; Connors; Grayson, Amanda; Hadley; Hyde; James; Jekyll; Kirk, James T.; Leslie; McCoy, Leonard; Operations Crewman; Operations Crewman 2; Rand, Janice; Sarek; Science Crewman; Scott, Montgomery; Security Guard; Spock; Sulu; Uhura
Politics democracy; First Contact; First Federation; Starfleet; Starfleet Command; Starfleet Ranks (Crewman; Technician; Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Captain); United Earth; United Federation of Planets; yeoman
Science & Technology adrenal gland; adrenaline; artificial gravity; brain; chronometer; communications; communicator; computer; coolant; corbomite; day; deflectors; degree; distress signal; First Federation warning buoy; flight computer; flypaper; hour; impulse drive; life support; light speed; meter; metric ton; microtapes; mile; minute; oxygen; phasers; photograph; physical examination; pound; radiation; recorder-marker buoy; robots; second; sensors; simulation; slide rule; star mapping; towel; tractor beam; transporter; tricorder; turbolift; warp drive; warp nacelle
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701; Fesarius, moon shuttle
Xenology Humans; Vulcans
Miscellaneous bridge; galley; red alert; sickbay; Starfleet Uniforms (2266)


William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Directed by
Joseph Sargent

Written by
Jerry Sohl

Created and Produced by
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producers
Robert Justman, John D.F. Black

Director of Photography
Jerry Finnerman

Art Directors
Rolland M. Brooks
Walter M. Jefferies

Theme Music by
Alexander Courage

Music Composed and Conducted by
Fred Steiner

Anthony Call as Dave Bailey
Clint Howard as Balok

DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy
Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Rand
George Takei as Sulu
James Doohan as Scott
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura

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
Joseph G. Sorokin

Sound Mixer
Jack F. Lilly

Photographic Effects
Howard Anderson Co.

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