No Bluff, STAR TREK: “The Corbomite Maneuver” Illustrates the Mission of the USS “Enterprise”

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


The USS "Enterprise" faces Balok's "Fesarius" spacecraft in STAR TREK: "The Corbomite Maneuver" (1966, Desilu)

The USS “Enterprise” faces Balok’s “Fesarius” spacecraft in STAR TREK: “The Corbomite Maneuver” (1966, Desilu)

Rapid Reviewpoints

Story: 10 (out of 10)
Performances: 9
Visual Style: 8
Music: 8
Overall: 9
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.


Identity Crisis

“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.

Among many other roles, Clint Howard appeared in Mission Control in 1995's APOLLO 13

Among many other roles, Clint Howard appeared in Mission Control in 1995’s APOLLO 13

2 thoughts on “No Bluff, STAR TREK: “The Corbomite Maneuver” Illustrates the Mission of the USS “Enterprise”

    • Exactly! Such a strong installment as the first “normal” episode produced after the two pilots. It is too bad that, due to being effects-heavy, it was not ready to air until a couple of months into the season.

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