Tuesday, 24 November 2009
STAR TREK - BALANCE OF TERROR
BALANCE OF TERROR
SEASON 1 EPISODE 14
2009 remastered version
This is one of the more famous episodes - it introduces the Romulans and the concept of the Neutral Zone which would both become part of Trek-lore. I'm not that much of a Trekkie so I'm not qualified to say how many tweaks there have been to this remastered episode but it looks and sound awesome.
The story opens with Kirk performing a wedding on board the Enterprise which is called short when an Earth outpost situated on the borders of the Neutral Zone is destroyed by an unknown enemy. Soon other outposts are attacked and then the Enterprise comes upon the Romulan warship. What follows is a tense battle of wills between the two ship captains which will only end when one destroys the other.
Watching these shows now we are reminded what a ground breaking series Star Trek was - the episode deals with diplomacy, bigotry and ethics which were hardly concerns of most SF shows of the period. Star Trek changed the entire genre and from episodes like this it's easy to see why.