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Court Martial 

Kirk draws a court martial in the negligent death of a crewman.


Marc Daniels


Don Mankiewicz (teleplay by) (as Don M. Mankiewicz), Steven W. Carabatsos (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Percy Rodrigues ... Portmaster Stone (as Percy Rodriguez)
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Cogley (as Elisha Cook)
Joan Marshall ... Areel Shaw
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Richard Webb ... Finney
Hagan Beggs Hagan Beggs ... Helmsman
Win De Lugo ... Timothy (as Winston DeLugo)
Alice Rawlings Alice Rawlings ... Jame Finney
Nancy Wong Nancy Wong ... Personnel Officer
Bart Conrad Bart Conrad ... Krasnovsky
William Meader William Meader ... Board Officer
Reginald Lal Singh Reginald Lal Singh ... Board Officer


After encountering a severe ion storm, the Enterprise visits Star Base 11 for repairs. While there, Kirk files a report about the death of crewman and former friend LCDR Finney, who was taking scientific readings in an externally mounted instrument pod before Kirk needed to jettison it for the safety of the ship. However, the computer log shows that Kirk jettisoned the pod before there was a danger, thereby revealing the captain's willful perjury and culpable negligence in crewman Finney's death. Or so it would seem. Written by Tony-B4

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2 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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This takes place in 2267. See more »


During the prosecution's questioning of witnesses, she is clearly leading the witnesses on the stand. The defense should've called "objection" on her multiple times as it's unlikely this kind of practice would be thought of as more acceptable in the future. See more »


Jame Finney: There you are! I just wanted one more look at you - the man who killed my father.
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The on-screen title is printed as "Court Martial", but the proper grammatical spelling should have included a hyphen. The title should have been printed as: "Court-Martial" See more »

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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Cannibal! The Musical (1993) See more »


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Written by Alexander Courage
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Kirk finds out he needs a lawyer
13 July 2006 | by BogmeisterSee all my reviews

The title of this episode is self-explanatory: based on computer evidence, Kirk appears to have either panicked or, worse, acted with malice during a critical point on the bridge while one of those ion storms was raging, causing the death of a crew member with a push of a button. It turns out, Kirk has a long personal history with this Lt.Finney, who lost out on a promotion or two. Kirk is under fire in this episode not by some cosmic menace, science gone mad or warlike aliens but - perhaps more frightening to him - by Starfleet itself, the one entity you'd think would always back him up. We get to see some of the inner workings of this organization here and the proceedings are not really different from current military trials and bureaucracy ('regulations, captain'). We're back at Starbase 11, last seen in "The Menagerie" part one, but with a different commodore. I really liked the scene in the bar or lounge, where Kirk runs into some of his peers - it's a nice glimpse into Starfleet outside the usual parameters of just the Enterprise.

The most memorable thing about this episode is the introduction of Kirk's lawyer, Cogley, played with some eccentricity by old-time actor Cook Jr. He jabbers on about thousands of books and tends to rattle off a list of old historical documents (including some we've yet to know about) like he's conducting some strange class for aspiring attorneys. He makes it clear his preferences do not include computers, which sets up the entire 'man vs. machine' theme during the court scenes (we'll revisit this theme in later episodes, such as "The Ultimate Computer"). Who is this seeming nutcase, we might ask, and just what is he blathering on about? Kirk seems to be in real trouble now - his lawyer's a couple of cans short of a six-pack. But, by the 4th act, we realize Cogley is one of the reasons we were able to set up a Federation. He represents not only humanity, but civilization - that striving for decency by half-savages, manifested by written laws passed down through the ages - laws which govern - laws which make possible such civilized trials to protect the innocent, resulting in a thorough quest for the truth.

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