The STAR TREK Top 13 Episode Countdown: #8

The Enterprise is NOT a garbage scow …

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Every day between now and 9/8 — the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s debut — we’re counting down our TOP 13 EPISODES.

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Now, #8

The Trouble With Tribbles

Another inspired Juan Ortiz poster

Another inspired Juan Ortiz poster

I noted in #9 (click here) that I think A Piece of the Action is funnier than The Trouble With Tribbles. I think that episode is, on the whole, more entertaining too.

So why am I slotting Tribbles one spot ahead? Because you cannot deny that this is one of those episodes that has resonated for decades and become integral to the fabric of Star Trek, even among casual fans (and merchandisers).

Diamond Select's electronic Tribble

Diamond Select’s electronic Tribble

The Trouble With Tribbles is another opportunity to watch William Shatner do a slow burn as the furry little creatures take over the Enterprise and the attention of the crew. Between the Klingons, an officious bureaucrat, Cyrano Jones (Stanley Adams) and the tribbles themselves, Kirk has his hands more than full — with even Spock briefly falling under the pets’ spell.

And there’s this:

I would have loved to be the stagehand just lobbing tribbles at Shatner’s head.

NEXT: The Devil in the Dark. Click here.

For the full STAR TREK Top 13 Episode Countdown INDEX — updated daily with new entries and other features — click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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