Television Series: Star Trek
Episode #3: “The Corbomite Maneuver”
USA Airdate: November 10, 1966 (#10)
Written By: Jerry Sohl
Music Composed By: Fred Steiner
Directed By: Joseph Sargent
Running Time: 50 Minutes
Story: 10 (out of 10)
Visual Style: 8
Verdict: Must See
Comments: The “Corbomite Maneuver” is the first regular episode produced in the first season of Star Trek. While this is evident in a number of minor ways, it does not impact more important aspects – including interactions between Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and McCoy (DeForest Kelley). In fact, it is hard to believe this episode is McCoy’s debut. The story is a strong example of the USS Enterprise‘s mission.
“What am I? A doctor or a moon shuttle conductor?” –Doctor Leonard McCoy
Also Known As
Clint Howard portrays Balok in this episode. Howard has a long list of television and movie credits, including appearances on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise as other characters. Howard was also the voice of Roo in Walt Disney’s original Winnie the Pooh short films. However, besides his appearance in “The Corbomite Maneuver,” I remember him best as “EECOM” in NASA’s Mission Control in Apollo 13 (1995) – which was directed by his brother, Ron.