Star Trek - Court Martial
Raumschiff Enterprise - Kirk unter Anklage
Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Marc Daniels
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Percy Rodriguez, Elisha Cook jr, Joan Marshall, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, Richard Webb, Hagan Beggs, Win De Lugo, Alice Rawlings, Nancy Wong, Bart Conrad, William Meader, George Takei
story by Don Mankiewicz, screenplay by Don Mankiewicz, Steven W.Carabatsos, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Alexander Courage
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Starship Enterprise's Captain Kirk (William Shatner) is accused of
having caused the death of a crewmember, Finney (Richard Webb) due to pure
negligence, and though he totally denies it, even the computer seems to
prove otherwise - and thus Kirk is court-martialed. And even though the
attorney of the prosecution, Areel Shaw (Joan Marshall) is his former love
who's still in love with him, Kirk's prospects look grim, despite the fact
that his lawyer Cogley (Elisha Cook jr) knows and uses every trick in the
book to clear his client of the charges ...
Then though, Spock (Leonard Nimoy) wins four chessgames in a row
against a computer he programmed himself, which according to his logical
mind is not possible, abnd thus he concludes the computer has been
tampered with ...
Soon enough, the court does not only find plenty of proof that the
computer has indeed been tampered with, but they also find out that Finney
is stioll alive and aboard the ship - and he is bound to crash the
Enterprise and all those aboard, simply because he thinks it was Kirk's
fault that he was never promoted ... so Kirk has to once again go into a
fistfight to save the day ...
Despite the plot trying to twist and turn every few minutes, the
outcome is pretty forseeable, and it's not made any better by the fact
that everyone is praising Kirk's heroism beyond belief (which after a time
is actually pretty annoying). The episode's real saving grace though is
veteran actor Elisha Cook jr's performance as an eccentric lawyer, which
pretty much carries the episode ... so despite poor writing, this one is