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Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 42: The Trouble With Tribbles

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It's time to face one of the great questions of the television age: Is "The Trouble with Tribbles" really as good as everyone thinks it is? You bet. While the story might be a little slower than many of us remember, the episode is deservedly beloved … see full wiki

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Two of the best lines ever uttered on television delivered to prefection

  • Jun 21, 2008
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This is definitely one of the most humorous of all Star Trek episodes, although I rank it below the original series episode, "A Piece of the Action." It also contains two of the best lines that have ever been uttered in any Star Trek episode.
According to the terms of the Organian peace treaty between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, any uninhabited planet will belong to the side that can make the best case that it can develop it. Sherman's planet is the next planet to be controlled and the Federation is basing its' case on a new strain of wheat. The wheat seed is now being stored on station K7 and the commander has panicked, sending out the highest priority distress signal. The Enterprise responds in full battle mode, only to find that they have been summoned to guard the wheat.
A Klingon ship also appears and Kirk has no choice but to allow them to engage in shore leave. An itinerant trader by the name of Cyrano Jones is in the station bar trying to make a credit or two selling trinkets and a furry creature called a Tribble. They emit a soft cooing sound which sooths humans. Uhura immediately states her desire to have one and Jones gives her one.
This starts a cascade of exponential reproduction as the Tribbles multiply until they take over the Enterprise and consume most of the wheat. The wheat has been poisoned by a Klingon agent posing as a Federation official and that kills many of the Tribbles. Furthermore, Tribbles also react very negatively to Klingons, which exposes the agent. At the end, the Enterprise is Tribble-free and the Federation will take control of Sherman's planet.
Everyone in this episode plays their parts to perfection, from the overbearing and unintelligent station manager Nilz Baris, to Kirk expressing his frustration with Baris, to the bartender, to Spock and his deadpan expressions of emotion and Cyrano Jones as a flim-flam man. My favorite scene is the fight when Chekov is battling a sturdy Klingon warrior. He is punching furiously at the man's midriff to no affect. However, the best performance is that of James Doohan as Scotty. His facial expression of anger when the Klingon refers to the Enterprise as garbage, to his role in the bar fight and finally when he is called to task for starting the fight.
The two classic lines are when Spock utters the phrase, "...including, unfortunately Tribbles" and Scotty when describing what he did to the Tribbles, "... I beamed them into the Klingon engine room, where they'll be no `tribble' at all." Nothing better has ever been uttered on television.
This episode also is prescient in that given the human desire and perhaps even need for pets; it is certain that other species will be found on other planets that will fill that role. Once can only hope that the ecological repercussions of Tribbles are the most serious drawback to having the new species as pets.

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