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Podcast Enterprise: S1E14: Balance of terror


Space, the final frontier. These are the podcasts of the Podcast Enterprise. Its only mission: to explore story structures, to analyze our favorite characters and plotlines, to boldly talk what everyone has seen before

We will analyze all episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series or TOS for short using the following guiding structure:

  1. Synopsis or summary of the episode
  2. Story structure
  3. Character analysis
  4. Our likes and dislikes

The synopsis:

In this episode, when it opens, you have Captain Kirk, he’s officiating a wedding aboard the Enterprise between Angela Martin and Robert Tomlinson, who are both crew members of the Enterprise.

And while he’s officiating this wedding, there’s a red alert. Earth outpost four is under attack and everyone has to report to battle stations and the Enterprise is on alert. Earth outpost four is actually one of a series of outposts that border something called the Romulan neutral zone. This is an area that separates the earth from alien races, they’re actually called the Romulans. And a long time ago, there was a war between the humans and the Romulans and they device this neutral zone, so that there’s no further fighting.

However, it does seem that some Romulans have crossed the neutral zone into the earth side, and they’re destroying these Earth outposts one by one. Finally, the Enterprise is able to contact one person from Earth outpost four, who tells him that they’re being decimated by this strange ship that has fantastic power, as he says, it attacks them. While he’s talking, the ship makes an appearance, it destroys the earth outpost and it disappears. And so investigations reveal that this actually is a Romulan ship.

They have developed beyond anything that earth has imagined, and they have a practical invisibility shield. Kirk has to take certain decisions regarding this because the Romulans have crossed the neutral zone, which constitutes an act of war.

Kirk must decide whether he actually wants that war or, whether he should keep things peaceful and he decides to trail that ship. He realizes that the commander of that Romulan ship is probably very similar to him. And then there’s a battle of wits things go this way and that they would fly into comets. they try to outwit each other and eventually they get the Romulan ship. And that is the first time that Captain Kirk actually meets the commander of the Romulan ship. And then there’s a very poignant moment there.

That brings us to the end of this episode. Thank you for listening to the Podcast Enterprise. Please do share your reviews with us and please share this podcast with any of your writing friends or trekkies. Live long and prosper!

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