History Recap / StarTrekS1E10TheCorbomiteManeuver

10th Mar '16 11:46:07 PM BillWoods
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** Inverted - Kirk claims that Bones always says "a little suffering is good for the soul". Bones flatly denies it, and he never finds occasion to say it or anything similar in any subsequent episode or movie. (This is given a ContinuityNod in [[Film/StarTrek the reboot film]], where Bones ''does'' say it - of course, that's a different Bones.)

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** Inverted - -- Kirk claims that Bones always says "a little suffering is good for the soul". Bones flatly denies it, and he never finds occasion to say it or anything similar in any subsequent episode or movie. (This is given a ContinuityNod in [[Film/StarTrek the reboot film]], where Bones ''does'' say it - -- of course, that's a different Bones.)



* MagicCountdown: A fairly subtle example. During the ten-minute countdown to the Enterprise's destruction, the minutes that pass on screen are nearer a minute and a half long.

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* MagicCountdown: A fairly subtle example. During the ten-minute countdown to the Enterprise's ''Enterprise'''s destruction, the minutes that pass on screen are nearer a minute and a half long.



* PrepareToDie: The ''Enterprise'' is confronted by a powerful alien vessel that announces its intention to destroy our heroes, and goes on to say "we assume you have a deity... or deities," and politely offers to give the Enterprise crew time to make "whatever preparations" they deem necessary. An unusually explicit example of this trope, where the opponent says "prepare to die" and clearly ''actually means it''. And they're all the scarier for that.

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* PrepareToDie: The ''Enterprise'' is confronted by a powerful alien vessel that announces its intention to destroy our heroes, and goes on to say "we assume you have a deity... or deities," and politely offers to give the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' crew time to make "whatever preparations" they deem necessary. An unusually explicit example of this trope, where the opponent says "prepare to die" and clearly ''actually means it''. And they're all the scarier for that.



** At one point the editors forgot to dub in Balok's reminder - leading to Sulu's cryptic "I knew he would" line (which actually gets cut in syndication).

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** At one point the editors forgot to dub in Balok's reminder - -- leading to Sulu's cryptic "I knew he would" line (which actually gets cut in syndication).



* SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfMass: The ''Enterprise'' encounters a mysterious cube, which Sulu says is 107 metres on each side and masses just under 11,000 metric tonnes. Scotty says it must be solid metal, leaving him wondering how it could be powered and how it moves around. But the quoted measurements give a density of about 9 kilograms per cubic metre, significantly less than Styrofoam - implying the cube is almost certainly hollow (they may have been aiming for 9 tonnes per cubic metre, which is between the densities of iron and lead, and dropped a factor of a thousand somewhere).
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The Enterprise is 289m long, yet it dwarfs the 107m cube. The Fesarius is a mile in diameter (1609m) according to Spock, yet it dwarfs the Enterprise from 5km away, appearing a hundred times bigger.

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* SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfMass: The ''Enterprise'' encounters a mysterious cube, which Sulu says is 107 metres on each side and masses just under 11,000 metric tonnes. Scotty says it must be solid metal, leaving him wondering how it could be powered and how it moves around. But the quoted measurements give a density of about 9 kilograms per cubic metre, significantly less than Styrofoam - -- implying the cube is almost certainly hollow (they may have been aiming for 9 tonnes per cubic metre, which is between the densities of iron and lead, and dropped a factor of a thousand somewhere).
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The Enterprise ''Enterprise'' is 289m long, yet it dwarfs the 107m cube. The Fesarius ''Fesarius'' is a mile in diameter (1609m) according to Spock, yet it dwarfs the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' from 5km away, appearing a hundred times bigger.



* SecretTestOfCharacter: After the Enterprise breaks free of Balok's TractorBeam, Balok sends out a distress signal indicating that the struggle overloaded his ship's systems and he's now stranded far from any help his own people might send. Kirk decides to beam over and offer the Enterprise's assistance, whereupon it turns out that Balok's ship is fine and he just wanted to learn what Kirk would do. (He also says that the entire encounter has been a test of character, to make sure that the Enterprise's protestations of peaceful intent are genuine. It's not clear, however, what would have happened if the destruction countdown had run down without Kirk thinking up the corbomite maneuver.)
* SeeTheWhitesOfTheirEyes: The cube initially stops over 1500 metres from the Enterprise, although on-screen they appear nose to nose with each other. Later the cube gets closer than 51 metres before phasers destroy it. (That's closer than half the cube's size.)

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: After the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' breaks free of Balok's TractorBeam, Balok sends out a distress signal indicating that the struggle overloaded his ship's systems and he's now stranded far from any help his own people might send. Kirk decides to beam over and offer the Enterprise's ''Enterprise''[='s=] assistance, whereupon it turns out that Balok's ship is fine and he just wanted to learn what Kirk would do. (He also says that the entire encounter has been a test of character, to make sure that the Enterprise's ''Enterprise'''s protestations of peaceful intent are genuine. It's not clear, however, what would have happened if the destruction countdown had run down without Kirk thinking up the corbomite maneuver.)
* SeeTheWhitesOfTheirEyes: The cube initially stops over 1500 metres from the Enterprise, ''Enterprise'', although on-screen they appear nose to nose with each other. Later the cube gets closer than 51 metres before phasers destroy it. (That's closer than half the cube's size.)



* TalkingToThemself: Bones is quite alone when he says "Humph...if I jumped every time a light flashed around here, I'd end up talking to myself."

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* TalkingToThemself: Bones is quite alone when he says "Humph... if I jumped every time a light flashed around here, I'd end up talking to myself."



* TractorBeam: Balok's ship is equipped with one which he imprisons the Enterprise with.

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* TractorBeam: Balok's ship is equipped with one which he imprisons the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' with.
30th Jan '16 11:40:15 AM FordPrefect
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** At one point the editors forgot to dub in Balok's reminder - leading to Sulu's cryptic, "I knew he would" line (which actually gets cut in syndication).

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** At one point the editors forgot to dub in Balok's reminder - leading to Sulu's cryptic, cryptic "I knew he would" line (which actually gets cut in syndication).
30th Jan '16 11:37:50 AM FordPrefect
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* IResembleThatRemark: Kirk berates [=McCoy=] for not telling him about an alert. After the former leaves the latter alone, [=McCoy=] says "If I jumped every time a light came on around here, I'd end up talking to myself."

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* IResembleThatRemark: Kirk berates [=McCoy=] for not telling him about an alert. After the former leaves the latter alone, Kirk leaves, [=McCoy=] says to himself, "If I jumped every time a light came on around here, I'd end up talking to myself."
15th Oct '15 12:53:38 PM BabyM
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** Spock yells rather emotionally.
* EldritchStarship: Balok's starship ''Fesarius'' was a gigantic starship the size of a small moon, composed of a sphere made up of smaller spheres of various sizes and colors. At least one part of this ship could break off as a smaller command vessel. It's possible that the ship was composed entirely of smaller vessels to the aforementioned one, clustered together and sharing power.

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** During the attempt to break free of the tractor beam, Spock yells raises his voice rather emotionally.
* EldritchStarship: Balok's starship ''Fesarius'' was a gigantic starship the size of a small moon, composed of a sphere made up of smaller spheres of various sizes and colors. At least one part of this ship could break off as a smaller command vessel. It's possible that the ship was composed entirely of smaller vessels to the aforementioned one, clustered together and sharing power. power.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment[=/=]ThrowItIn: The script directed Spock to emote a fearful reaction upon his first sight of the Balok puppet, but director Joseph Sargent suggested to Leonard Nimoy that he ignore what the script called for and instead simply react with [[CatchPhrase the single word: "Fascinating."]]
16th Aug '15 3:35:36 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* RefugeInAudacity: Kirk makes up the title maneuver to bluff against an unwinnable fight; Balok makes all of his communications until the very end through a hand puppet.
7th Aug '15 8:49:03 AM dangerdan97
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** A random crewman wears a life jacket. On a spaceship.
29th Jul '15 11:08:13 AM wyattte
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22nd Jul '15 12:03:55 AM igordebraga
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* VocalDissonance: Balok is played by a very young Clint Howard, but with Vic Perrin's (some sources say Walker Edminton's) voice. Ted Cassidy voiced Balok's puppet.

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* VocalDissonance: Balok is played by a very young Clint Howard, Creator/ClintHoward, but with Vic Perrin's (some sources say Walker Edminton's) voice. Ted Cassidy voiced Balok's puppet.
14th May '15 7:21:08 AM StFan
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* RedShirt: [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/images/8/81/Engineer_corridor_corbomite_maneuver.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20110529113251&path-prefix=en He was a Red Shirt on TOS]]... and lived. He is: TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld.

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* RedShirt: [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/images/8/81/Engineer_corridor_corbomite_maneuver.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20110529113251&path-prefix=en He was a Red Shirt on TOS]]... and lived. He is: TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld.Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld.
8th Apr '15 6:53:59 PM nombretomado
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Just when everything looks peachy keen, the ''Enterprise'' is caught in the tractor beam of what looks like a cross between the [[DisneyThemeParks EPCOT's Spaceship Earth]] and a popcorn ball. The message identifies the sphere as the ''Fesarius'', the flagship of the First Federation, and the speaker as her commanding officer, Balok. Balok announces that the crew of the ''Enterprise'' has exactly ten minutes to bend over and kiss their collective asses good-bye. If only Kirk can come up with a cunning plan....

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Just when everything looks peachy keen, the ''Enterprise'' is caught in the tractor beam of what looks like a cross between the [[DisneyThemeParks [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks EPCOT's Spaceship Earth]] and a popcorn ball. The message identifies the sphere as the ''Fesarius'', the flagship of the First Federation, and the speaker as her commanding officer, Balok. Balok announces that the crew of the ''Enterprise'' has exactly ten minutes to bend over and kiss their collective asses good-bye. If only Kirk can come up with a cunning plan....
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