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Balance of Terror

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Title --------------------------------- Balance of Terror
Writer ---------------------------------- Paul Schneider
Director ---------------------------- Vincent McEveety
Original Air Date -------------- December 15, 1966
Order of Filming ------------------------------------- 8th
Order of Broadcasting --------------------------- 14th
Filmed ----------------------------- Early August 1966


Captain James T. Kirk ------------ William Shatner
Lieutenant Cmdr. Spock ---------- Leonard Nimoy
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy ---- DeForest Kelley
Lt. Cmdr. Montomery Scott ------- James Doohan
Lieutenant Sulu ----------------------- George Takei
Lieutenant Uhura ------------------ Nichelle Nichols
Yeoman Janice Rand -------- Grace Lee Whitney


Lt. Andrew Stiles ------------------------- Paul Comi
Specialist Robert Tomlinson ---- Stephen Mines
Specialist Angela Martine ----- Barbara Baldavin
Commander Hansen --------------- Garry Walberg
Engineer Fields ------------------------- John Arndt
Romulan Commander --------------- Mark Lenard
Decius ------------------------ Lawrence Montaigne
Romulan Centurion ------------- John Warburton
Romulan Scanner Operator ----- Bob Chadwick
Romulan Crewman ------------------ Walter Davis
Romulan Crewman ---------------- Vince Deadrick
Romulan Crewman ------------------ Sean Morgan


The marriage of Angela Martine and Robert Tomlinson is interrupted when a Romulan warbird attacks and destroys Outpost 4, which guards the Neutral Zone between Federation and Romulan space. Kirk learns that the Romulan ship has also destroyed three other outposts and is now running at full speed towards home.

The U.S.S. Enterprise pursues the warbird, hampered by the fact that the Romulans have constructed an invisibility screen which shields them from view. While the screen protects the Romulans from detection visually, it also prevents them from using their weapons or visual aids. The Romulan Commander, therefore, isn't sure whether his radar is detecting a Federation ship in pursuit or a harmless space echo.

The U.S.S. Enterprise is able to pick up a visual from the Romulan bridge, which shows the previously unseen Romulans to look very much like Vulcans. This sparks an old prejudice in Lieutenant Andrew Stiles, whose family fought in the Romulan wars. He is instantly suspicious of Spock, whose physical characteristics are remarkably similar to the Romulans they are chasing.

After every attempt to lose the U.S.S. Enterprise fails, the Romulan Commander is forced to turn and fight. Both ships are damaged; when the U.S.S. Enterprise's phaser banks are damaged, they emit a poisonous gas which disables Stiles and Tomlinson, who are manning the weapons. In a tense race against time, Spock manages to fire the only remaining phaser manually, disabling the Romulan ship. The Vulcan manages to save Stiles, but Tomlinson is killed. Stiles, realizing by Spock's actions that his bigotry was misplaced, admits that he was wrong.

The Romulan Commander contacts the U.S.S. Enterprise and, in a stirring moment, tells Kirk that under other circumstances, he suspects they might be friends. Rather than let himself and his ship be taken prisoner, the Romulan self-destructs the warbird.


Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 34

(1) Ceremony ---------------------- 7.17 KB

(2) Wedding ----------------------- 49.8 KB
No dialogue, just wedding music

(3) Wooden ------------------------ 21.1 KB
Captain Kirk

(4) Romulans ---------------------- 22.9 KB
Mr. Spock

(5) Bird ---------------------------- 20.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Lt. Stiles

(6) Pulverized ---------------------- 21.1 KB
Mr. Spock

(7) Challenge ---------------------- 5.40 KB
Captain Kirk

(8) Zone -------------------------- 9.46 KB
Captain Kirk

(9) Bigotry ------------------------- 24.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Lt. Stiles

(10) Reflection --------------------- 43.7 KB
Romulan Commander - Scanner Dude

Just in case you didn't know, the actor playing
the Romulan Commander (Mark Lenard) is the same
actor who played Spock's father, Sarek.

But you already knew that, didn't you?

(11) Stars ------------------------- 16.8 KB
Romulan Commander

(12) Message ---------------------- 38.9 KB
Romulan Commander - Decius

Strange how they never gave
the 'Romulan Commander' a name.

(13) Danger ----------------------- 5.90 KB
Romulan Commander

(14) Superior ---------------------- 15.0 KB
Mr. Spock

(15) Officer ------------------------ 38.9 KB
Lt. Stiles

I'd court-martial this guy!

(16) Imperative -------------------- 34.5 KB
Lt. Stiles - Mr. Spock - Dr. McCoy

(17) Attack ------------------------ 5.14 KB
Captain Kirk

(18) Gamble ----------------------- 14.5 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. McCoy

(19) Escape ----------------------- 4.89 KB
Romulan Commander

(20) Underestimate ---------------- 13.7 KB
Captain Kirk

(21) Side -------------------------- 13.2 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk

(22) Responsibility ----------------- 38.1 KB
Captain Kirk

(23) Disposal ---------------------- 22.4 KB
Romulan Commander - Decius

(24) Forgive ----------------------- 18.0 KB
Romulan Commander

(25) Dancing ----------------------- 23.6 KB
Captain Kirk

This is out of character for Kirk.  The last place
he'd want to be is stuck on some planet.

(26) Bridge ------------------------ 29.7 KB
Captain Kirk

(27) Galaxy ------------------------ 73.9 KB
Dr. McCoy

This just might be McCoy's best speech.

(28) Move ------------------------- 8.70 KB
Romulan Commander

Does this make good, tactical sense?
As soon as the Romulan ship moves, the
Enterprise will know exactly where she is.
Why not just decloak and fire?

(29) Praetor ----------------------- 17.8 KB
Romulan Crewman

If this is the Romulan Empire's finest ship,
then the Federation has very little to worry about.

(30) Nuclear ----------------------- 27.4 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

(31) Vulcan ------------------------ 8.44 KB
Lt. Stiles

I'd still court-martial this guy.

(32) Friend ------------------------ 35.1 KB
Romulan Commander

Hmmm... Odd how the Romulans speak
English isn't it?
I know, I know... it's just a TV show!!

(33) Alright ------------------------ 6.66 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

(34) Tomlinson --------------------- 25.4 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. McCoy

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