The Joseph Sargent directed “The Corbomite Maneuver,” the tenth televised episode of the Gene Roddenberry created series fiction series “Star Trek,” was the third episode on the production schedule filmed that year.
First shown on American television screens on Thursday, 10 Nov. 1966, this episode featured a teleplay penned by Jerry Sohl.
In this story, we see the Enterprise crew left with no choice but destroy a potentially dangerous marker buoy. Not long thereafter, a gigantic alien ship arrives on the scene. The apparent pilot of this craft demands the unconditional surrender of the Enterprise and condemns the crew for transgressing into its species territorial space.
An aspect of this story many people remember is the casting of a young Clint Howard as Balok. Howard, the son of Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard, is the younger brother to actor / director Ron Howard.
Relative to the production schedule, “The Corbomite Maneuver” was the first episode filmed where the characters Dr. Leonard McCoy, Lt. Uhura and Yeoman Rand were played by DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols and Grace Lee Whitney, respectively.
Not counting the then untelevised Robert Butler directed “The Cage” and the James Goldstone directed “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” considering the aforementioned episodes were both pilots, “The Corbomite Maneuver” was the first regular series episode filmed. As we have seen with other episodes in the original series, the production and televised schedules do not match.
In respect to the title of this article, “Star Trek: S1.E11. ‘The Corbomite Maneuver’,” it acknowledges the existence of the then untelevised series pilot “The Cage” as being the series’ first episode.