Episode Quotes


Lieutenant David Bailey: Three days of this now, sir. Other ships must have made star maps of some of this.
Mr. Spock: Negative, Lieutenant. We are the first to reach this far.

Dr. McCoy: Winded?
Captain Kirk: You'd be the last one I'd tell.

Dr. McCoy: What am I, a doctor or a moon shuttle conductor? If I jumped every time a light came on around here, I'd end up talking to myself.

Scotty: Motive power? Beats me what makes it go.
Captain Kirk: I'll buy speculation.
Scotty: I'd sell it if I had any. That's a solid cube. How something like that can sense us coming, block us, move when we move, it beats me. That's my report.

Mr. Spock: Radiation passing the tolerance level, entering lethal zone!


Dr. McCoy: Your timing is lousy, Jim.

Balok: 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 ten, Earth-time periods, known as minutes, to make preparations.

Lieutenant David Bailey: I don't understand this. . .Spock's wasting time! Everyone else just sitting around! Someone's got to do something!
Dr. McCoy: Easy, Bailey.
Lieutenant David Bailey: What do they want from us? Let's find out what they want us to do!
Captain Kirk: They want us to lose our heads, Bailey, now--
Lieutenant David Bailey: We've only got eight minutes left!
Lieutenant Sulu: Seven minutes and forty--
Lieutenant David Bailey: Oh! He's doing a countdown!
Dr. McCoy: Practically end of watch.
Lieutenant David Bailey: What are you, all out of your minds?! The end of watch? It's the end of everything! WHAT ARE YOU, ROBOTS?! Wound-up toy soldiers? Don't you know when you're dying?! Watch and regulation and orders, what do they mean?
Captain Kirk: Bailey, you're relieved! Escort him to his quarters, Doctor.
Dr. McCoy: Let's go.

Captain Kirk: This is the captain of the Enterprise. Our respect for other life forms requires we give you this warning. One critical piece 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 that 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!
Captain Kirk: --DESTROYING the attacker! It may interest you to know that since the introduction 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.

Balok: Escape is impossible since you are being taken under our power to your destination. Any move to escape or to destroy this ship, will result in the instant destruction of the Enterprise and everyone aboard!