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The Girls of Star Trek

Yeoman Janice Rand 1.15

Grace Lee Whitney

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Yeoman Janice Rand 1.15

Grace Lee Whitney

Balance of Terror

Star Date Panel

1709.2

12.15.1966

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Season:

1

Episode:

15

Star Date 1709.1: The USS Enterprise is patrolling the Romulan Neutral Zone when a mysterious and highly advanced enemy ship attacks. Captain Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, and Uhura must find a way to outwit the enemy ship. As the battle progresses, Uhura successfully breaks through the Romulan communications barrier and discovers the captain's identity.

The Romulan commander, played by the actress Joanne Linville, is a cunning and intimidating force. She is determined to outsmart the Enterprise and destroy it, no matter the cost. To this end, she uses her ship's advanced cloaking device and weapons.

Kirk and his crew must use their ingenuity and resourcefulness to outwit the Romulan ship. Spock devises a plan to use the Enterprise's phaser banks to disable the enemy ship. Meanwhile, Uhura contacts the Romulan ship to try and negotiate a peaceful resolution.

In the end, the Enterprise can outwit the Romulan ship, and the crew can save the day. The Romulan commander is forced to retreat, and the Neutral Zone is saved from destruction.

Joanne Linville, who played the Romulan commander, had a long and successful career in television and film. She appeared in series like Bonanza and Bewitched, as well as films like The Wild Bunch and The Reivers.

Interestingly, this episode was the first to use the term "Star Date." It was invented simply to avoid needing to use the Earth calendar and make the show more futuristic. Furthermore, this episode marked the first time Spock was described as being red-hued, an idea created by Gene Roddenberry in his first series outline.

Overall, "Balance of Terror" is an iconic episode in Star Trek history and is remembered fondly by fans today. It marked a turning point in the show and was a groundbreaking piece of television.

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