Wednesday, July 01, 2009


From Wikipedia:

"Court Martial" is an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. It is a first season episode, #20, production #15, and was aired on February 2, 1967. It was written by Don M. Mankiewicz, and Stephen W. Carabatsos, and directed by Marc Daniels.

Overview: Captain Kirk stands trial on charges of negligence.

More here.

The Wikipedia article goes on to observe that this episode is the first time the words "Star Fleet" and "Star Fleet Command" are used in Star Trek. And that's entirely appropriate because "Court Martial" is a free-for-all in terms of exploring the organization for which Kirk and crew work.

I mean, this ain't no "City on the Edge of Forever." It won't blow you away or mist your eyes or anything like that. But it does give you some idea as to what Star Fleet is all about. You get to see Kirk interacting with former Academy classmates. You get to see the Star Fleet dress uniform, which I love, for the first time. You get some insight into how officers advance in rank, as well as how they don't advance in rank. You get to see admirals and commodores; you get to see a Star Base.

In a lot of ways, this one is like "The Corbomite Maneuver" in that it's all about fleshing out details of the Trek universe, making the overall story richer and deeper. Like I said, it's not brilliant or anything, but it is a fun mystery, a solid episode.

Check it out: