Star Trek Episode 44: The Trouble with Tribbles

Technical Specs

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

Stardate: 4523.3

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) star-trek-the-trouble-with-tribblesand 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 star-trek-the-trouble-with-tribblesengagement 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.



star-trek-the-trouble-with-tribbles“The Trouble with Tribbles” lacks the penetrating social commentary of many season two offerings, but compensates for its shallow plot with a lighthearted execution.


Concluding Comments

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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