Director: Joseph Pevney
Writer: David Gerrold
Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, William Schallert, William Campbell, Stanley Adams, Whit Bissell, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Michael Pataki, Ed Reimers, Walter Koenig, Charlie Brill, Paul Baxley, David Ross, and Guy Raymond
Composer: Jerry Fielding
Air Date: 12/29/1967
Production #: 60342
In this classic episode, the Enterprise is called to Deep Space Station K-7 to guard a shipment of quadrotriticale from the Klingons. Shortly thereafter, Koloth (William Campbell) and his crew arrive at the station, making things difficult for Kirk and a hot-tempered Scotty. More trouble arises when a sly merchant named Cyrano Jones (Stanley Adams) brings with him a supply of adorable but mischievous creatures known as Tribbles, who quickly overrun both the station and the Enterprise.
“The Trouble with Tribbles” operates on a cute premise and benefits from many amusing performances. Star Trek fans will therefore enjoy the good, clean fun contained in this episode.
Whereas the Klingon-Federation conflict in “Errand of Mercy” dealt with heavy themes such as war and genocide, “The Trouble with Tribbles” leaves room for a more good-natured engagement between the humans and their mortal enemies. Notably, Scotty’s reaction upon hearing the Enterprise referred to as a “garbage scow” results in a humorous brawl, while the final solution to the tribble problem makes for a satisfying conclusion to David Gerrold’s narrative (though perhaps not for pet lovers). Also entertaining is Stanley Adams’ portrayal of the silver-tongued Jones, whose persuasive but comical efforts to sell tribbles tends to contrast with the stuffier attitude of the station undersecretary, Nilz Baris (William Schallert).
A few silly moments are present.
Arguably the most fun Star Trek episode of all time, “The Trouble with Tribbles” will appeal to original series enthusiasts for reasons mentioned earlier. Likewise, fans of the talented Adams should view this entry for his hilarious interactions with the Enterprise crew.
Overall Quality: 10/10
This review is dedicated to William Schallert, who passed away this week at the age of 93.
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