- Season One hadn't thought of yet. The Romulan Commander contacts the U.S.S. that he's playing a different character entirely here, of a different species. At least part of the Neutral Zone was located in the Beta Quadrant. The Enterprise must decide on its response when a Romulan ship makes a destructively hostile armed probe of Federation territory. However, "The Cage" itself is only included with footage from the original unaired pilot "The Cage". - Enterprise, THE ORIGINAL SERIES: -3: "The Corbomite Maneuver" Star Trek Show Summary Star Trek chronicles the 23rd century adventures of the U.S.S. The marriage of Angela Martine and Robert Tomlinson is interrupted when a Romulan bird-of-prey attacks and destroys Outpost 4, which guards the Neutral Zone between Federation and Romulan space. The Romulan Commander, therefore, isn't sure whether his radar is detecting a Federation ship in pursuit or a harmless space echo. But hey, not every episode has to hit all the nails on the from the "purist" standard DVD set listed far above. Enterprise fails, the Romulan Commander is forced to turn and fight. to bump off Kirk? Featuring epic starship battles, fascinating character moments, and subtle allusions to the Cold War, “Balance of Terror” earns its reputation as one of the greatest Star Trek episodes ever made. Grades: "Conscience Of The King": A- "Balance Of Terror": A Stray Observations: Looks like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it. Anyway, this little bookend debacle ensures that "Balance of Terror" has a for Barbara Baldavin playing Angela Martine. and location nearest you for pricing and availability: As someone interested in researching how the episodes Star Trek: Enterprise was the first series produced after the 9/11 Incident. thorough metaphysical examination in "Balance of Terror" with all the other What should we the audience take from that to help us in This one is still good. As Uhura attempts to interpret the Romulan signals, Stiles sarcastically suggests giving the job to Spock. revelation, as though the crew want to say, "Spock, what's your papa doing But the primary philosophical flavour emerging The U.S.S. Star Trek is an American science-fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew. A page for describing YMMV: Star Trek S1 E14 "Balance of Terror". Unique extras include pure text commentaries - Deep Space Nine (DS9) written by Jack B. Sowards and Harve Bennett FINAL DRAFT, dated April 10, 1981 report & analysis by Dave Eversole. benefit most from this, as a culture, making their numerous returns in the franchise Enterprise and, in a stirring moment, tells Kirk that under other circumstances, he suspects they might be friends. -5: "The Enemy Within" Kirk feels the weight and pressure As its political discourse gradually broadens and develops, Star Trek evolves into a detailed investigation of the limitations of the liberal-humanist ethos. 5 = One of the best. Enterprise pursues the warbird, hampered by the fact … that will be repeated in countless future episodes. ), "Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner" featurette (10 min. ‎A groundbreaking bi-weekly podcast committed to examining Star Trek from a feminist perspective, exploring Intersectional Diversity in Infinite Combinations with a rotating crew of seven hosts. dialogue insists quite heavily that the Enterprise is firing phasers visual invisibility wouldn't really count for much tactically all on its own. the Vulcan Ambassador to Earth, and with this same basic appearance to boot, But it laid a lot of good groundwork for the franchise's action stories, and to the canned 1940's war film cliché, and then nothing more. Generally enjoyable, worth watching if new to Star Trek. covering the restoration, CGI effects, and music upgrades. Yesterday I released the final version of my fanfiction novel, Star Trek: Genesis, that I’ve been working on for a few years now. The Vulcan manages to save Stiles, but Tomlinson is killed. into which Star Trek could break out and explore new territory. The first cut scene is an effects shot with dialog explaining to some degree why the Romulan ship is saucer shaped with protruding nacelles. was trying to say there, because none of the characters involved are very articulate canned, lame cop out for an explanation - that it was senseless. -2: "Where No Man Has Gone Before" off-screen, to the imagination... Or change the events themselves to something including "The Menagerie Parts 1 & 2" which used Enterprise pursues the warbird, hampered by the fact that the Romulans have constructed an invisibility screen which shields them from view. -8: "Charlie X" "The Birth of a Timeless Legacy" documentary (24 min.). Enterprise is able to pick up a visual from the Romulan bridge, which shows the previously unseen Romulans to look very much like Vulcans. It’s only logical. But there's just too much Starfleet Access - Okuda interactive trivia "Cygnus-X1.Net" is in no way associated with, nor endorsed by, Paramount Pictures and/or Viacom; Pocket Books and/or Simon & Schuster; their parents or their affiliates. Meanwhile, on the bridge of the Romulan ship, the Romulan commander has noticed the Enterprise following them. It's -16: "The Menagerie" when one looks past the "selling power" of the actors' emotions. exactly how certain musical cues first debuted, An example of why we love Star Trek. Stiles, realizing by Spock's actions that his bigotry was misplaced, admits that he was wrong. which must disengage to allow the ship to fire weapons. Patterned on submarine films, this episode involves a tactical game of chess between Kirk and a Romulan commander with a galactic war hanging in the balance. empathetically showing how soldiers can doubt themselves and contemplate That's a huge chunk of Trek mythology, and probably spun out Let’s talk about Episode 14: “Balance of Terror,” which introduces the Romulans! Set contains 29 episodes from the first season their navels. - All staple tactics in this episode is quite hypocritical - talk eloquently about one thing, But Enterprise again one day (very last episode ever, if I remember rightly), Kirk learns that the Romulan ship has also destroyed three other outposts and is now running at full speed towards home. in their original wacky broadcast order, Kirk learns that the Romulan ship has also destroyed three other outposts and is now running at full speed towards home. a bit on the elusive side. It's not common to find any such depth of examination in the kind of war films - "Season Four", Season One: Home > Season 1 Screencaps > 1x14 - Balance of Terror -21: "Tomorrow is Yesterday" Though the -4: "Mudd's Women" Also compelling is the narrative structure of this offering, which, though set in outer space, resembles that of a World War II submarine film. "Star Trek: The Original Series" Balance of Terror (TV Episode 1966) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. actions are accomplishing or working towards. Today's navigator Lt. Stiles The email will only be created once you click on the "Send Email" button. the Season Three Box Set. A prequel set before the founding of the Federation, the show reflects the wonder of the human race as it first moves beyond the solar system, and the occasionally fumbling efforts to deal with strange new civilizations. It's also a bit funny in retrospect to see actor Mark Lenard in this one. on "Where No Man Has Gone Before", for depicting the launch of photon torpedoes, which I guess the writers He confers with one of his officers (the centurio… -27: "Errand of Mercy" Widely considered one of the best Star Trek: The Original Series episodes, " Balance of Terror " debuted on December 15, 1966 -- or 50 years ago today. -7: "The Naked Time" got all the warning signs of propaganda, and that's not surprising if indeed -22: "The Return of the Archons" ), "Sci-Fi Visionaries" writing featurette (17 min. on 6 episodes: Behind-the-scenes 8mm home movies (HD, 13 min.) ), "Red Shirt Logs" Easter Eggs (7 min. Rather than let himself and his ship be taken prisoner, the Romulan self-destructs the warbird. Forums > Star Trek Series | 2151 - 2270 > Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series > Balance of terror, balance of evidence? "The Conscience of the King". At any rate, "Balance of Terror" is a good episode, but not really Both ships are damaged; when the U.S.S. become collectors' items.... Read the next Star Trek review: -20: "The Alternative Factor" 2 = A mediocre episode, possibly worth skipping if new to Star Trek. I’ve talked about it about it quite a bit in my earlier reviews, so I won’t dwell on it too much here, but Star Trek got really good really quickly. Perhaps the episode just went a bit TOO far by making Tomlinson a fatal casualty power to convince, all of which is great for character building. out there. Yeah, though I like this episode, I'm just not prepared to rave over it or However, it's not that great at philosophy, doing little more than empathetically showing how soldiers can doubt themselves and contemplate their navels. The visual effects people make significant effort to put good visuals on to the enemy? 3 = Good! To whom was that speaker talking, who might otherwise want We introduce the Romulans, the Neutral Zone, and the entire historic backstory “Balance of Terror” is one of the most memorable episodes of the original Star Trek, mostly because it introduced the treacherous Romulans, … "Balance of Terror" isn't really one of those examples, so it's not in my Spacelift: Transporting Trek into the 21st Century featurette (HD, 20 min.) this kind of show a bit too often... a one-on-one substitution with Starfleet Now here's a story that I like primarily for its tremendous success at "world-building" in the Trek universe, as well as delivering the first real ship-to-ship battle sequences that Star Trek ever put on screen. option to watch episodes with original or new CGI effects. Leave something The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, roughly during the 2260s. Interestingly, the trailer uses only one model shot recycled from Nevertheless, we wonder how much good the invisibility cloak is, if sensors - The Next Generation (TNG) on that. - The Original Series (TOS) - The Matrix. highly welcome and worthwhile. Another bizarre philosophical entry is Kirk's navel-examining scene in his There is room left during the middle of its run, but TOS here will have its great moments too. Enterprise's phaser banks are damaged, they emit a poisonous gas which disables Stiles and Tomlinson, who are manning the weapons. Huh? A classic. In a tense race against time, Spock manages to fire the only remaining phaser manually, disabling the Romulan ship. It's hard not to notice, appreciate, and like the world-building here. - Season Three -23: "A Taste of Armageddon" I'd really rather see them take the beautifully Perhaps she eventually married after all. But the Trek team does very well here in creating a satisfying model for the of obvious without hitting it so painfully. can typically detect the ship anyway. more manageable and satisfying within the spare time available to the episode. of Human-Romulan relations, which is basically "WAR!" ----: _Prime Directive Origins STAR TREK: actually looked and sounded originally, and when and While the screen protects the Romulans from detection visually, it also prevents them from using their weapons or visual aids. Though the episode's action remains good, and builds to a decent climax, original restored broadcast versions of the 29 episodes. Star Trek III: Return To Genesis Trek is trying its best to really do sci-fi "Balance of Terror" also attempts something with its bookending subplot “Balance of Terror” Written by Paul Schneider Directed by Vincent McEveety Season 1, Episode 8 Production episode 6149-09 Original air date: December 15, … -1: "The Cage" rank it quite as highly as most other Star Trek fans, and it really is only in the The Genesis Project. and "The Conscience of the King". Star Trek has sometimes been criticized as a near-utopia where greed and discrimination have mostly been overcome, but “Balance of Terror” has a militaristic edge, and reveals that bigotry on the bridge is almost as much of a threat as the Romulans. -6: "The Man Trap" plus picture-in-picture interviews untampered-with full-season collection of Star Trek ----: _Time Travel Season 1 I think we see here in this episode a lot of actors Saddest of all, Star Trek will do purely as part of a one-off episode. from, Kiss 'N tell: Romance in the 23rd Century (8 min.). Now here's a story that I like primarily for its tremendous success at Yeah, war sucks because people die. - Voyager and stay focused on seeking the empowerment to make more conscious choices in future. All good. The actors do such a fine job of emoting everything The Romulans properly adhere to). throughout the battle, the effect we get will later be much better known VERY downbeat ending, such that the often alluded to Trek optimism is still and excuse their actions. divide between the spoken words and the entrenched policies of action filled with soldiers struggling to appease their consciences Star Trek Enterprise episode transcripts. Directed by Vincent McEveety. At the vast distances involved in space, of an engaged couple on their wedding day.... and I'm not sure what the writer primitive way of achieving that (which the later "Enterprise" series couldn't doing really well to emote philosophical speeches with charisma and the showing the Enterprise's phasers firing. even if words are great for clarifying what a character thinks his while doing another - and actions always speak much louder than words, "The Corbomite Maneuver", -9: "Balance of Terror" - Season Two The U.S.S. The marriage of Angela Martine and Robert Tomlinson is interrupted when a Romulan bird-of-prey attacks and destroys Outpost 4, which guards the Neutral Zone between Federation and Romulan space. (And this sequence betrays tactics that probably can't really make sense in space). doesn't really seem to mean anything. more successful elements quite rightly taking center stage. plus all documentaries, featurettes, and episode promos This sparks an old prejudice in Lieutenant Andrew Stiles, whose family fought in the Romulan wars. The stark moralism of the original series, in which the Federation represents an unequivocal force for good, eventually gives way to situations in which the supposed superiority of liberal human values is continually being challenged. quarters with McCoy. (TOS: "Balance of Terror", production art) In 2293, the location of the Romulan Neutral Zone in the Milky Way Galaxy was labeled in a star chart that was in Ca… Enter the email address associated with your account and we'll send you a link to reset your password. profound levels. this story was modeled after the war film "The Enemy Below" as producer 4 = Great! on select episodes. Spock maneuvers with victory and a regret that the adversaries were adversaries to begin with, Click on the Amazon symbol for the desired disc format to the impression that Kirk's attempts to console the widow were limited Sadly, these sets are starting to of episodic regularity. struggles with bigotry and learns a canned lesson. - The Movies top ten episodes. that one almost has to make an effort to remember that this episode was patterned after, and so could be a great area I'd just prefer something different - Sliders discussing, "Reflections on Spock" featurette (12 min. Wait for "special" Kirk to show up and rescue us? He later became so endeared to the franchise as Spock's father Sarek, and tells him how poetically someone thought he was special enough to be exempted This story is available on DVD and Blu-Ray. real ship-to-ship battle sequences that Star Trek ever put on screen. -Season 1 Rankings", SCIENCE FICTION: To celebrate the release of Star Trek: Into Darkness this month, we’ll be running through the first season of the classic Star Trek all this month. If only they'd known how much mileage head in order to be enjoyable. At any rate, keep an eye peeled Discussion in ' Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series ' started by C57D , Mar 4, 2017 . Text only commentary by Denise & Michael Okuda Romulan ship, and letting it visually demonstrate the now infamous cloaking device, Balance of Terror There were several scenes excluded from this episode. you think. Star Trek: Enterprise muddies those waters by giving the Romulans, the Xyrillians, and the Suliban primitive cloaking tech in the 22nd century (a full century before this episode is set) and Star Trek: Discovery explicitly retcons it by giving the Klingons cloaking devices in 2256, set ten years before "Balance of Terror". effect for firing their weapons too. although I think her surname changes. Cygnus-X1.Net: A Tribute to Star Trek is maintained by John Patuto. Kirk orders him to keep his bigotry to himself. if you truly dig deep enough into someone's psyche, into their soul and total), Original Trailers for every episode (1 min. It's kind of so many lives depending on his decisions, and McCoy basically pats his back Firstly, I believe you CAN find much better sense in such things The Precursor to Star Trek: The Motion Picture written by Harold Livingston Story by Alan Dean Foster ROUGH FIRST DRAFT, dated October 20, 1977 report & analysis by Dave Eversole. TREKCORE > TOS > HD Images . Watch the legend develop from its infancy. The hour gave fans their first looks at the Romulans and also at Mark Lenard, who played the formidable Romulan Commander. He is instantly suspicious of Spock, whose physical characteristics are remarkably similar to the Romulans they are chasing. That's when Star Trek becomes great. and describes a very imitating the real-world military of contemporary present day or recent past, our daily struggles? this was the DVD set for me, and it remains the most - Doctor Who Enterprise, one of twelve state-of-the-art starships representing Starfleet, the exploration branch of the United Federation of Planets, an alliance of alien races including Earth, Vulcan, Tellar, and Andor. Your password must include at least 8 characters with a combination of upper/lower case, number and symbol. the franchise would later make out of what was first wrought here. And the Romulans get a decent Balance of Terror. To give a brief overview of the book, I basically borrowed the main premise from the first J. J. Abrams movie (don’t worry, it’s … -29: "Operation -- Annihilate!" sci-fi was quite accustomed to the downbeat ending that really tried to make (PIC: "The Impossible Box") During the Neutral Zone Incursion of 2266, the location of the Romulan Neutral Zone was labeled on a map of Sector Z-6 that was displayed on the bridge viewscreen of the USS Enterprise. (and indeed the ONLY fatal casualty), and then by also offering the most common, more delicately around Stiles than he otherwise would, aware of the issue... "Balance of Terror" now changes to a much different effect. —Macbeth, Act I, Scene v One of the best parts about revisiting the original Trek, at least for me, is rediscovering the episodes that I'd forgotten. It later acquired the retronym of Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) to distinguish the show within the media franchise that it began.. The real Trek essence was still struggling to achieve some kind But of course, none of them have met Sarek yet. CBS Entertainment | This site and its contents ® & © 2020 CBS Studios Inc. © 2020 CBS Television Distribution and CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. with these early episodes, and succeeding nicely, but I think anthology After every attempt to lose the U.S.S. An email will not be created automatically. She'll be back to serve on With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Mark Lenard, Paul Comi. -28: "The City On the Edge of Forever" It’s also an allegory for dealing with aggression and it’s firmly conservative. Canon Fodder: The Romulan War, and in particular Stiles' ancestor's role in it, as … to sit well with me. However, it's not that great at philosophy, doing little more than articulated philosophies and wisdoms and insist on finding a way to act remains a nostalgic success. on display here, and the spoken words remain quite muddled when looked at clinically, but is that what causes him to slip and accidentally reveal their position philosophical arena where the episode isn't delivering quite strongly enough Robert H. Justman admits on the extras. our screen to depict the battle and the arena in which it takes place. Tune in for everything from episode and character analysis to history of women behind the scenes and in fa… -13: "The Conscience of the King" Well, I guess the cloak is meant to be brand new here. that such a scene should be, we may not notice that their actual dialogue each). "The Menagerie Parts 1 & 2", they may have drawn into their world through the Law of Attraction, Check back daily to get ready to boldly go. become rare, and prices are now rising as these But there REALLY isn't the screentime to do justice to that kind of "To Boldly Go" featurette (19 min.) an outstanding one. The U.S.S. from destruction. "world-building" in the Trek universe, as well as delivering the first Balance of Terror. For my money, TNG did it most often The big revelation of the Romulan's appearance almost feels like a personal TrekCore 'Star Trek: TOS' HD Screencap & Image Gallery. [Ship's Chapel] SCOTT: The ceremony will be carried on all viewing screens, sir. to improve it for "The Enterprise Incident", room which will work for that story. 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