Wednesday, April 08, 2009


From Wikipedia:

"The Corbomite Maneuver" is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first aired November 10, 1966, and repeated May 11, 1967. It is episode #10, production #3, the first regular episode of Star Trek produced after the two pilots, although it was aired later in the season. It was written by Jerry Sohl, directed by Joseph Sargent, and created and produced by Gene Roddenberry.

The episode features a very young Clint Howard, brother of actor-turned-director Ron Howard, who plays the alien "child" at the end (with an overdubbed, deep voice provided by Vic Perrin). This was also the first episode in which DeForest Kelley played Dr. Leonard McCoy, Nichelle Nichols played Lt. Uhura and Grace Lee Whitney played Yeoman Rand, although viewers saw them for the first time in "The Man Trap".

More here.

Not my favorite episode, but still pretty cool. Indeed, comic book writer John Byrne, who I greatly admire, once claimed "The Corbomite Maneuver" as his favorite episode when my old pal Brian asked him about it years ago at a book store signing--Byrne's fondness for the episode reportedly comes from the efficiency and fun with which Star Trek establishes its core themes and overall mythology.

Even if you don't like it, it's worth watching if only to see weird Clint Howard as a bizarre dubbed alien. Check it out: