[TOS] Season 1, Episode 14 (Netflix: S1 E15): Balance of Terror
It may have flaws which the “it’s overrated” crowd likes to play up, but the fact of the matter is that Balance of Terror remains one of the best showdowns that there is.
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A space wedding!
Immediately this episode seems more serious (or at least after the wedding). Spock briefing the whole ship makes it seem like something’s really happening
Spock said 100 years ago there was no ship-to-ship visual communication. He was probably just kidding
The build up continues!
Kirk already begins to theorize their weaknesses based on their leisurely maneuvers
What’s with these back-talking helmsmen?
Ah, the old appear-as-a-sensor-reflection trick
The Romulans look like Spock! They look even more like Mark Lenard
The Romulan Commander is too smart for Kirk’s reflection trick
The maneuvering of our two captains before they even face each other is really cool.
They did a good job of putting Enterprise in a tricky situation, where they must follow the Romulans back into the neutral zone gambling on if they will stop a war or start one
Kirk: “He did exactly as I would’ve done. I won’t underestimate him again.” Uhura seems pretty relaxed about all this
Janice is worried
Enterprise is hit!
By looking at the last picture you can kind of guess where each person would fall. How did Uhura end up way over there?
Cool face-to-face meeting at the end
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