THE CORBOMITE MANEUVER
STAR TREK, The Original TV Series
Anthony Call, Clint Howard, Grace Lee Whitney
After destoying a threatening probe, the Enterprise
encounters a huge alien spaceship commanded by fierce looking alien.
Episodes features a great bluff pulled off by
Captain Kirk. Check out young Clint Howard ("Gentle Ben")
as a child-like alien. The FX depicting the huge alien ship Fesarius,
side by side with the tiny Enterprise, are pretty cool.
The Enterprise maps a previously unexplored area
of space. When an odd cube is encountered, sending out deadly energy,
the Enterprise destroys it.
A huge alien ship, the Fesarius shows up, bummed out because Kirk blew
up its beacon and is trespassing. The alien vessel threatens to blow
up the Enterprise in ten minutes. Kirk uses a bluff, the Corbomite Maneuver,
to avoid destruction.
A smaller ship separates from the larger alien vessel. Kirk and company
beam aboard the smaller ship. Instead of a monster, the alien turns
out to be a small, friendly, child-like being.
Director Joseph Sargent's, THE CORBOMITE MANEUVER, is a clever, thought
provoking Sci-Fi episode, that includes some elements of; "The
Wizard of Oz". Sargent's other directing credits include: "Colossus-The
The alien Balok's vessel, the Fesarius, is a gigantic ship, composed
of numerous collected spheres. Shots of the Enterprise, dwarfed by the
huge Fesarius, are impressive.
When we first see Balok on a view screen, we see a spooky, grim-faced
alien. We later learn that this is a dummy, and not the real Balok.
The late Ted Cassidy, Lurch, on TV's The Addams Family, provided the
voice for the false Balok.
My favorite scene is the one in which Kirk, threatened with the destruction
of the Enterprise, bluffs Balok with a made up story about the substance,
"Corbomite". He tells Balok that Corbomite, in the hull of
the Enterprise, will cause any destructive beams fired at it to bounce
off and destroy the attacker.
Child actor, Clint Howard ("Gentle Ben") is engaging as the
"real" Balok. The late Vic Perrin provide the voice for the
"real" Balok. He was best known as, "The Control Voice"
on "The Outer Limits". The grown up Howard showed up recently
in the short lived CBS Sci-Fi series, "Space Rangers", and
also played a criminal on a "Seinfeld" episode.
"THE CORBOMITE MANEUVER" should be fairly watchable for most
Sci-Fi viewers. "Wizard of Oz" fans may appreciate the episode's