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"Sir, contact with an object. It's moving toward us. No visual contact
Spock: "Deflectors, full intensity."
Bailey: "It's coming at light speed. Collision course."
Spock: "Evasive maneuvers, Mr. Sulu."
Sulu: "Object changing direction, too, sir. Keeps coming at us."
Uhura: "I'm getting no signal from it, sir."
"Still collision course. Deflectors aren't stopping it."
Sulu: "It's slowing down, Mr. Spock."
Spock: "Countermand alarm. All engines full stop."
Bailey: "Visual contact."
(comes toards them)
"Ahead slow. Steer a course around it, Mr. Sulu."
"It's blocking the way!"
"Quite unnecessary to raise your voice, Mr. Bailey. All engines stop.
Sound the alert."
Sulu: "Bridge to all decks-- condition alert. All decks -
condition alert. All decks - condition alert. Captain Kirk to the
"Captain's Log, star date 1512.2. On our third day of star mapping, an
unexplained cubical object blocked our vessel's path. On the bridge, Mr.
Spock immediately ordered general alert. My location--sick bay.
Quarterly physical check."
"Just a few seconds more."|
Kirk: "Just a few seconds more."
(Kirk starts to grumblle and continues)
McCoy: "That's a boy. Keep it up. A little sweat will do you
Kirk: "You're killing me....ugh...You're killing me."
McCoy: "Stop. Winded?"
Kirk: "You'd be the last one I'd tell. (realises that its red
alert) "Kirk here. What's going on?"
"Have a look at this, Captain."
(Spock shows him the image)
Spock: "Undetermined. Whatever it is, it's blocking our way. When
we move, it moves, with us as well."
Kirk: "A vessel of some kind?"
Spock: "Negative. More some type of device."
"I'll be right up. You could see the alarm lights from there, McCoy. Why
didn't you tell
McCoy: "Finally finished a physical on you didn't I."
(Kirk walks out)
McCoy: "What am l, a doctor or a moon shuttle conductor?"
"If I jumped every time a light came on, I'd end up talking to myself."|
"Captain's Log, star date 1513.8. Star maps reveal no indication of
habitable planets nearby. Origin and purpose of the cube still unknown.
We've been here, held motionless, for 18 hours."|
Bailey: "Range 125 meters now."|
Kirk: "Helm, give us warp speed."
Sulu: "Warp one, sir."
Spock: "Radiation at the tolerance level."
Sulu: "Warp two, sir.
Speed is now warp three."
Spock: "Radiation passing the tolerance level,
entering lethal zone."
Bailey: "Range--51 meters and still closing, sir."
Kirk: "Phaser Crew stand ready."
Bailey: "Phaser Crew reports ready, sir."
Spock: "Growing. We can take only a few more seconds of this."
Kirk: "Lock phasers on target.
Mr. Bailey, lock phasers!"
Bailey: "Phasers locked on target, sir.
At point-blank range and closing."
Kirk: "Fire main phasers."
Kirk: "Captain's Log,
stardate 1514.0. The cube has been destroyed. Ship's damage--minor. But
my next decision--major. Probe on ahead or turn back."
"Intelligence different from our sor superior?"|
Spock: "Probably both. And if you're asking the logical decision
Kirk: "No, no, I'm not.
The mission of the Enterprise
is to seek out and contact alien life."
Spock: "Has it occurred to you
that there's a certain...inefficiency
in constantly questioning me on things
you've already made up
your mind about?"
Kirk: "It gives me emotional security.
Navigator, set a course ahead."
Laid in, sir."
Bailey: "Warp one, sir."
Kirk: "Mr. Bailey, phaser crews were sluggish.
You were slow in
into your directional beam.
engineering decks could have been faster, too.
Program a series of simulated attacks
and evasion maneuvers.
Keep repeating the exercise
until we're proficient, gentlemen."
Sulu: "Yes, sir."
Yeoman Rand: "Excuse me, sir.
It's past time you had something to eat, sir."|
Kirk: "What the devil is this?
Yeoman Rand: "It's dietary salad, sir.
Doctor McCoy changed your diet card.
I thought you knew."
McCoy: "Your weight was up a couple of pounds. Remember?"
Kirk: "Will you stop hovering over me, Yeoman?"
Yeoman Rand: "I'll change it if you don't like it, sir."
Kirk: "Bring some for the doctor, too."
McCoy: "No, no. I never eat until the crew eats."
Kirk: "Thank you, Yeoman."
Yeoman Rand: "You're welcome, sir."
Bailey: (over comm) "This is the bridge.
All decks prepare to better reaction time
on second simulated attack."
Kirk: "When I find the headquarters genius that assigned me a female
McCoy: "What's the matter, don't you trust yourself?"
Kirk: "I've already got a female to worry about.
Her name's the Enterprise."
Bailey: (over comm) "Engineering decks alert.
Phaser crews, let's..."
Sulu: (over comm) "Countermand that.
All decks to battle stations. This is not a drill.
Repeat; this is not a drill."
Krik: "Kirk here."
Spock: (on monitor) "We're picking up an object, sir.
Much larger, coming toward us."
Kirk: "Reduce image.
Let me see all of it."|
Sulu: "Magnification 2.5, sir.
Magnification 18.45, sir."
Kirk: "Ship to ship."
Uhura: "Hailing frequencies open, sir."
Kirk: "This is the United Earth ship Enterprise.
We convey greetings and await your reply.
What is it, Mr. Bailey?"
Bailey: "A message...coming over my navigation beam."
Kirk: "Pick it up."
Uhura: "Switching, sir."
Balok: "...And trespassed into our star systems.
This is Balok,
commander of the flagship Fesarius
of the First Federation.Your vessel, obviously the product
of a primitive and savage civilization,
having ignored a warning buoy
and having then destroyed it,
has demonstrated your intention is not peaceful.
We are now considering the disposition of your ship
and the life aboard."
Kirk: "Ship to ship."
Uhura: "Hailing frequencies open, sir."
Kirk: "This is the captain of the Enterprise speaking.
The warning nature of your space buoy was unknown to us.
Our vessel was blocked. When we attempted to disengage...
Spock: "Captain, we're being invaded
by exceptionally strong sensor probes,
everywhere...Our electrical systems, our
Balok: "No further communication will be accepted.
If there is the slightest hostile move,
your vessel will be destroyed immediately."
Spock: "They're shutting off some of our systems, Captain."
Brilliant. "Extremely sophisticated in their methods."
Kirk: "Does the recorder marker have this on its tapes?"
Spock: "Enough to warn other Earth ships."
Kirk: "Mr. Bailey, dispatch recorder marker. Mr. Bailey?"
Bailey: "Uh, recorder marker dispatched, sir."
"Marker on course.
Heading back the way we..."
Balok: "Your recorder marker has been destroyed.
You have been examined.
Your ship must be destroyed.
We make assumption you have a deity or deities
or some such beliefs which comfort you.
We therefore grant you
10 Earth time periods known as minutes
to make preparations."
Spock: "Might be interesting to see what they look like if I can locate where that voice is coming from."
Sulu: "4 minutes, 30 seconds."|
Scotty: "You have an annoying fascination for timepieces, Mr. Sulu."
Kirk: "Ship to ship."|
Uhura: "Hailing frequencies open, sir."
Kirk: "This is the captain of the Enterprise.
Our respect for other life-forms
requires that we give you this warning.
One critical item of information
that has never been incorporated
into the memory banks of any Earth ship.
Since the early years of space exploration,
Earth vessels have had incorporated into them
a substance known as...corbomite.
It is a material and a device
which prevents attack on us.
If any destructive energy touches our vessel,
a reverse reaction of equal strength is created, destroying..."
Balok: "You now have two minutes."
Kirk: "...Destroying the attacker!
It may interest you to know
that since the initial use of corbomite
more than two of our centuries ago,
no attacking vessel has survived the attempt.
Death has little meaning to us.
If it has none to you...
then attack us now.
We grow annoyed at your foolishness."
Spock: "However, it was well played.
I regret not having learned more about this Balok.
He was reminiscent of my father."|
Scotty: "May heaven have helped your mother."
Spock: "Quite the contrary.
She considered herself
a very fortunate Earth woman."
very interesting game, this poker."
Kirk: "It does have advantages over chess."|
McCoy: "Love to teach it to you."
Bolak: "This is the commander of the Fesarius."
Kirk: "Here it comes. Is it raise or call?"
Bolak: "The destruction of your vessel
has been delayed.
We will relent in your destruction
only if we have proof of your corbomite
Kirk: "Hold on that.
Let him sweat for a change.
Ship to ship."
Uhura: "Hailing frequencies, sir."
Kirk: "Request denied."
Spock: "I have visual contact, Captain."
Bolak: "We will soon inform you
of our decision regarding your vessel.
And having permitted your primitive efforts
to see my form,
trust it has pleased your curiosity.
another demonstration of our superiority."
McCoy: "I thought the power was off in the galley."
Yeoman Rand: "I used a hand phaser, and zap-hot coffee."
Sulu: "Somethings going on, Captain."
Kirk: "Its a small ship."
Spock: "About 2,000 metric tons."
Bolak: "It has been decided
that I will conduct you to a planet
of the First Federation
which is capable of sustaining
There you will disembark and be interned.
Your ship will be destroyed, of course."
Spock: "Engine systems coming on, Captain."
Bolak: "Do not be deceived
by the size of this pilot vessel. It has an equal potential to destroy your vessel."
Spock: "Tractor beam again."
Bolak: "So that you may sustain
your gravity and atmosphere,
your systems are now open.
Escape is impossible
since you are being taken under our power
to your destination.
Any move to escape or destroy this ship
will result in the instant destruction
of the Enterprise and everyone aboard."
Kirk: "Captain's Log, star date 1514.1.
The Enterprise is in tow.
To this point,
no resistance has been offered.
A show of resignation.
Balok's tractor beam has to be
a heavy drain of power on his small ship.
Question; Will he grow careless?"|
McCoy: "Jim, don't you think..."|
Kirk: "What's the mission of this vessel, Doctor? To seek out and contact alien life
and an opportunity to demonstrate
what our high-sounding words mean.
Any questions? I'll take two men with me.
Dr. McCoy to examine and treat the aliens if necessary,
and you, Mr. Bailey."
Kirk: "The face of the unknown.
I think I owe you a look at it."
Bailey: "Yes, sir."
Spock: "Captain, request permission to..."
Kirk: "Denied. If I'm wrong, if it's a trap, I want you here."
Kirk: "Ready, Doctor?"|
McCoy: "No, but you won't let that stop you."
Scotty: "Bend low, gentlemen. It reads pretty cramped over there.
Ready to transport."
Kirk: "It's a...dummy.
A puppet of some kind."
Balok: "I'm Balok.
Kirk: "I'm Captain Kirk."
Balok: "And McCoy and Bailey.
(four drinks come out of the
wall)We must drink.
This is tranya.
I hope you relish it as much as I."
Kirk: "Commander Balok..."
Balok: "I know, I know.
A thousand questions.
But first, the tranya.
Gentlemen. (takes a sip)
Kirk: "Commander, that puppet..."
Balok: "My alter ego, so to speak.
In your culture,
he would be Mr. Hyde to my Jekyll.
You must admit he's effective.
You would never have been frightened by me.
And I thought my distress signal
It was a pleasure testing you."
Bailey: "Testing us?"
Kirk: "I see."
Balok: "I had to discover your real intentions."
Kirk: "But you probed our memory banks."
Balok: "Your records could have been
a deception on your part."
McCoy: "And your crew?"
I have no crew, Doctor.
I run everything,
this entire complex, from this small ship.
But I miss company.
Even an alien would be welcome.
Perhaps one of your men
for some period of time.
An exchange of information, cultures."
Kirk: "Yes. Both our cultures would benefit.
Do you know where we can find a volunteer, Mr. Bailey?"
Bailey: "Me, sir. I'd like to volunteer."
You represent Earth's best, then."
Bailey: "No, sir, I'm not.
I'll make plenty of mistakes."
Kirk: "But you'd find out more about us that way,
and I'd get a better officer in return."
Balok: (laughs) "I see.
We think much alike, Captain, you and l.
Now, before I bring back the Fesarius,
let me show you my vessel.
It is not often I have this pleasure.
Yes, we're very much alike, Captain.
Both proud of our ships."