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While "Balance of Terror" never left me nearly as confused as "Conscious of a King," I'm still finding that I get more out of this episode viewing it as an adult than I did when I last watched it as, oooooooh, a young teen. I wonder if the original Star Trek series will continue to (pleasantly) surprise me in this way.

A brief summary, for those who have never seen it: Federation star bases are being attacked and taken out near the Romulan neutral zone. It seems that a lone Bird of Prey has crossed over, and intends to demonstrate to its own government the weakness of the Federation by taking out their star bases and sneaking back, thus encouraging the militant Romulans to give up all pretenses of treaty and wage an all-out war of conquest. At this point in time, no Federation personnel have ever seen a Romulan, as all previous communications took place via voice-only radio signals. The goal of the Romulan vessel is to make it back into the neutral zone. The goal of the Enterprise is to stop it while still in Federation territory. The problems? Not only are the Romulans' weapons far more powerful than the Enterprise's, but they have an effective cloaking device. In the Enterprise's favor, the cloaking device and high-yield weaponry is a tremendous drain on power, so much so that they can't fire and remain cloaked at the same time. Also, the Enterprise is capable of moving much, much faster. Just forcing the Romulan vessel to expend enough energy that it can't make it back home would be enough to prevent a war that would cost millions of lives. But hey, we're talking James Tee here. Since when is good enough, good enough? This episode actually does a pretty spiff job of demonstrating that, although Kirk is an over-dramatic space cowboy who can't keep his hands off the alien chickies, he's actually Starship captain for a reason.

While 'Balance of Terror' doesn't have as many snappy soundbytes as some other episodes, here are a few quotes I liked, plus further comments. )
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"Conscience of a King" is a much better episode than I remember. I think it's because I didn't really understand what was going on as a kid.

McCoy: "Mr. Spock, the man on top walks a lonely street. The chain of command is often a noose."
Spock: "Spare me your philosophical metaphors, doctor."

Spock: "My father's race was spared the dubious benefits of alcohol."
McCoy: "Oh." Pause, muttered, "Now I know why they were conquered."

When were the Vulcans ever conquered? I may have to pass that off to McCoy being drunk.

"You should be told the difference between empiricism and stubbornness, Doctor." ~ Spock

"Even in this corner of the galaxy, two plus two equals four. Almost certainly an attempt will be made to kill you. Why do you invite death?" ~ Spock

Karidian: "I'm an actor. I play many parts."
Kirk: "You're an actor now. What were you twenty years ago?"
Karidian: "Younger, Captain. Much younger."

"The revolution is successful, but survival depends on drastic measures. Your continued existence represents a threat to the well-being of society. Your lives means slow death to the more valued members of the colony. Therefore I have no alternative but to sentence you to death. Your execution is so ordered. Signed, Kodos, governor of Tarsus Four." ~Karidian

"Blood thins. The body fails. One is finally grateful for a failing memory. I no longer treasure life, not even my own. I am tired! And the past is a blank." ~Karidian

Lenore: "Who are you to say what harm was done?"
Kirk: "Who do I have to be?"

"Oh, my child, my child. You've left me nothing! You were the one thing in my life untouched by what I'd done." ~Karidian

"They weren't innocent! They were dangerous! I would have killed a world to save him!" ~Lenore
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You know, Star Trek really did have some entertaining dialogue at times. I should start making notes while actually watching the episodes. ¬_¬ In the meanwhile, here's some from the episodes I already watched that I'd like to keep in mind.

"Love... you're better off without it, and I'm better off without mine. This vessel...I give... she takes. She won't permit me my life. I've got to live hers." ~Kirk (Kirk's love affair with the Enterprise has always, to me, been one of the central elements of the series. Sure, he sleeps around all the time. They've just got that kind of relationship. But the Enterprise puts up with it, 'cos she knows who he's coming home to when it's over.)

"One of the advantages of being a captain, Doctor, is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it." ~Kirk

Lt. Bailey: "We have phasers, I vote we blast 'em!"
Capt. Kirk: "Thank you, Mr. Bailey, I'll consider that... when this becomes a democracy."

"I've already got a female to worry about. Her name is the Enterprise." ~Kirk

"I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline; I object to power without constructive purpose." ~Spock

John Christopher: "I never did believe in little green men..."
Mr. Spock: [standing up - he had been seated] "Neither have I."

"Stonn. She is yours. After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." ~Spock

"Conquest is easy. Control is not." ~Kirk

Spock-3: "One man cannot summon the future."
Kirk-1: "But one man can change the present."

"It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men." ~Spock

McCoy: "Medical men are trained in logic."
Spock: "Trained? Judging from you, I would have guessed it was trial and error."

"Never lose you. Never." ~Kirk (whispered to the ceiling in an empty room on the Enterprise)

Hikaru Sulu: "I'll protect you, fair maiden."
Uhura: "Sorry, neither."

February 2012

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