The Corbomite Maneuver – Episode 11

Rachel and Chris get a poker lesson from Captain Kirk in this weeks episode,  The Corbomite Maneuver. We’re not bluffing, this episode is better than Tranya!

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16 thoughts on “The Corbomite Maneuver – Episode 11”

  1. I don’t see my previous comment, so maybe they’re moderated…if so, delete it please!
    Uhura looked bad because Nichelle had had a car accident, and had stitches in her lip and a swollen knee! She nearly didn’t make it to her first day of filming! She was drugged up and late for makeup and later collapsed on set with Shatner catching her before she went over the bridge rail! This is from her book Fifty-year Mission, which I recommend.

  2. Hi Rachel and Chris,

    I felt special this week, getting my early release episode and being named once again at the end of the show.

    BTW, at this point both of you have said my full name on two different episodes and I want to applaud you both for pronouncing my last name, Duensing, correctly. All my life, almost no one, teachers, even some friends have been able to do that. In fact most people in the U.S. don’t seem to be able to do it.

    Anyway, on to the episode. After Rachel’s predictions, Chris said they were all wrong. Although they were pretty wrong, I have to point out that she did at least mention sparkly fabric, and, in spite of the fact that the Corbomite Maneuver had nothing to do with diving towards the planet, it certainly could have killed them had it gone wrong.

    Chris felt that the episode didn’t hold up as well as he remembered, but it was still a departure from the fight-filled, action driven fare that made up most of the prime-time lineups at the time. It was both more cerebral, and driven by character conflict and tension rather than physical action. This approach will be used, even more successfully in a few great episodes to come. One does miss the Kirk-Fu though.

    You discussed the fact that the shows were filmed in a different order than they were shown, and later mentioned that the next episode was “The Menagerie.” If you were actually sticking with the order in which the original episodes were aired, you would of course not watched the original first pilot. I don’t think that was available until the show was released on video, and maybe not even until they were released on DVD. I kind of wish Rachel hadn’t seen it, so she could have experienced “The Menagerie” as we old fans did, as two “new” episodes of the show, without the baggage of already knowing all about the story of the unused pilot episode.

    When I say “old fans” I want to make clear that I don’t mean to suggest that I remember those shows from their original air dates. I was about 5 or 6 when “The Menagerie” originally aired, and although I do have vague memories of seeing Star Trek on night-time television, my core fan experience with Star Trek happened some years later, via syndicated reruns.

    Thanks once again for a great show. Looking forward to 2 shows a month.

    1. Clyde, thank you for your passionate defence of my predictions.

      I suspect that we should have watched the episodes in the order they were aired, missing the original pilot. It was a fun, enjoyably strange start to our show though.

  3. The Fesarius is a gigantic tanker hauling Tranya. Balok is the regional distribution manager for the Tranya corporation. Drink Tranya ! The official soft drink of the First Federation.

    The spinny cube bouy was really an interactive advertizing banner. Balok’s version of “Click-Bait”. Don’t laugh, it worked. The Enterprise was forever swamped with spam after that. Uhura’s main job in future episodes was to empty the junk folder so she could occasionaly open a hailing frequency.

    Rachel, would it be too forward to ask how local your accent is? I was raised in Canarsie Brooklyn and my accent pins me to a particular six block area.

    J A

  4. Clint Howard would certainly agree that this episode is better than Tranya – it was actually pink grapefruit juice, which he couldn’t stand!

    The ships in this episode are certainly of an odd design – it made me think of a Star Trek RPG session where the GM had forgotten to plan anything:

    Player 1: Okay, so we’re proceeding on our mission – what do we find?
    GM: Umm… Err… You find… this!
    Player 2: Bob, that’s your sparkly D6. We find a sparkly D6 floating in space?
    GM: No, no – it’s a strange, unknown object, that blocks your path!


    GM: A huge, strange, alien ship approaches yours!
    Player 1: Cool! Do you have a miniature for it?
    GM: Uhh… Yeah, sure, hold on… Here it is!
    Player 2: Dave, that’s a christmas bauble.

    Images can’t be posted in these comments, but I’ll put a picture from the set of Balok taking it easy between takes on the Patreon page. It’s where all the cool kids hang out – if you’re not already a backer, then get over there and put some of your hard-earned latinum to good use (and get access to the comments show too)!

  5. Hello! New Patreon supporter here! I just wanted to say that I only recently found out about your pod as I was looking for a companion cast to listen to while I make my through TOS myself. I’m a little sad that you’re only 11 episodes in, because I’m already all caught up, and don’t think I can watch only two episodes a month while I wait for a new podcast to drop. Oh well, I’ll have to rely on my own memory and your fresh takes as I continue listening.

    I also wanted to mention that you both are a joy to listen to, and are both charming and funny, so I’m glad I was recommended your way.

    Now, on the frequent subject of miniskirts, it hasn’t been brought up on the pod yet, but RAND was the reason for the short skirt length! If you remember, in the original pilot The Cage (as you’ll be revisiting in The Menagerie) the women all had full-length pants. Apparently, Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand) complained that the outfits wouldn’t show off her “dancer’s legs”, and so the miniskirts were added for her sake. (You’ll note that Rand commented in Miri that she always wanted Kirk to “notice her legs”, so I guess that applied to the real life actress as well. I certainly noticed her, and it’s a shame that she had to leave the show under the circumstances Chris alluded to. And sadly, that treatment hasn’t gone away, as we’ve seen in the news lately of more and more sexual assaults coming to light. As much progress as we make as a society, we’ve still only come so far.)

  6. The nastiness to Spock explained

    1966 audiences did not know Spock the way we do. The sporadic bits of rude teasing is written in purely for exposition purposes. It seems clumsy and misplaced by us but The new tv viewer had to be regularly reminded that Spock was not human, had different blood chemistry, alien psychology, and different arrangements of vital organs. This allowed crucial plot twists without resorting to deus ex machina to save the day. In a dozen episodes Spock’s differences save his life. Other episodes rely completely on Spock’s Internal conflict do drive the plot. Without the jabs pointing out Spock’s Vulcan nature and contrasting it with human expectations, there was a risk of confusing the audience when drama and plotting depended on this very specific knowledge.

    Short answer: it’s quick and easy exposition, nothing else.

    J A

  7. Does anyone else feel like the first half of the episode is the bridge crew stuck looking at various screensavers and unable to exit them? 😀

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