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“Court Martial” Remastered Review + Video & Screenshots May 11, 2008

by Jeff Bond , Filed under: TOS-R Screenshots/Video , trackback

by Jeff Bond

“Court Martial” demonstrated about halfway through Star Trek’s first season just how flexible the format designed by Gene Roddenberry was: far from a “planet of the week” or “monster of the week” show, the original series’ characters and the world created for them could support many kinds of stories, from horror to comedy and in this case, a combination of courtroom drama and mystery that also delves into the character and mystique of Captain Kirk.

Things start with a bang as Kirk is accused not only of incompetence but perhaps willful murder for jettisoning the ion pod manned by officer Ben Finney before circumstances seemed to warrant it. Starfleet Commodore Stone (Percy Rodriguez) suggests Kirk simply resign to prevent embarrassing Starfleet, but Kirk, knowing he’s in the right, demands a court martial. To add to the fireworks, one of his old flames, Ariel Shaw (Joan Marshall) is put in charge of his prosecution, and she suggests colorful and experienced trial lawyer Samuel Cogley (Elisha Cooke, Jr.) for his defense.

As is so keenly illustrated by Spock, the episode plays on our certainty that a man like Kirk could never act “out of malice or panic”—clearly there’s something more here than meets the eye, or in this case, the computer record scanners.

“Court Martial” is full of nice moments despite a few raw performances and plot holes. Even on the show’s limited budget, the look at a starbase, and views of Starfleet personnel on shore leave there, is a fascinating change of pace from the usual shipboard scenes and there’s a nice sense of a large and complex organization and civilization sketched out in a few broad strokes. Shatner is subdued and convincing, in his early scenes playing against Percy Rodriguez, later smiling grimly through a strained confrontation with some fellow officers in a bar, ruefully getting to know Sam Cogley and facing cross examination. Rodriguez is a powerful, stalwart presence—this is the actor who became famous for his foreboding voiceovers for movie trailers like Jaws in the Seventies and his casting here, as one of the most powerful men in Starfleet, was both daring for its time and entirely convincing. Veteran character actor Elisha Cooke Jr. brings the same sweaty, irascible quality he brought to his many film appearances, and when all is revealed at the story’s climax Richard Webb, once TV’s Captain Midnight, delivers a crazed tour-de-force as Kirk’s bitter nemesis Finney.

The show is practically a primer in how the character of Kirk is to be viewed, from the laundry list of medals and awards that even his defense lawyer finally cuts off in court to Finney’s simmering jealousy (“I’ve watched you for years…the great Captain Kirk!”). And the teleplay by Don Mamkiewicz and Stephen Carabatsos has some great lines, from McCoy’s introduction to Areel Shaw (“All my old friends look like doctors…all his look like you.”) to Finney’s deranged manifesto in engineering (“Innocent? Officers and gentleman…captains all! Except for Finney, and his one mistake…”). It also shows Spock’s understated concern for his friend Kirk’s reputation and the Vulcan (or Vulcanian, as this still-developing series refers to his race at this point) working coolly to solve the mystery at hand.

There are a few clunky elements: the performance of young Alice Rawlings as Finney’s daughter, a difficult role not quite pulled off; the multiple angles of the computer file records of Kirk’s actions during the ion storm, which always read more like dramatic footage than surveillance camera recordings; and the cheap microphone “white sound device” prop used by McCoy near the show’s climax. And most of all, the manipulation of Areel Shaw’s character, who surely would not have been assigned to prosecute Kirk given their former relationship (Trek tried this same gimmick in TNG’s “The Measure of a Man” when Riker has to prosecute his pal Data)—and who engages in something like criminal negligence herself by meeting with the subject of her prosecution, revealing her trial strategy and arranging for Kirk’s defense. You also have to love Kirk’s log entry (presumably a supplemental) after he’s taken out Finney: “Beaten and sobbing, he told me where he’d sabotaged the main energy circuits…”—talk about adding insult to injury!

Two other observations: the added detail of the remastering gives fans a great view of Commodore Stone’s repair chart of all 12 starship registry numbers (although I’m not sure there’s a clear view of any ship names there). And if you hadn’t noticed it before, that odd-looking plant in Stone’s office is one of the pod plants from “This Side of Paradise.”  Maybe they were setting up for a sequel there.

Click to get a HD look at Stone’s chart

The CBS-D treatment of “Court Martial” has to stand as the ideal for what this project was trying to achieve: Not only does it visually answer one of the longest-standing technical questions about the Enterprise ever (where in Hell is the ship’s ion pod?), but it shows us a TOS-era starbase for the first time as we always imagined it—as a hub of activity for numerous starships and support craft as well as personnel. The treatment here, compared to a lot of other episodes, is luxurious, from the opening orbital shot of the storm-damaged Enterprise moving past several other starships and an Antares-style cargo vessel, to the enhanced matte paintings of Starbase 11, with added vehicles and even an office building peopled with multiple levels of visible personnel.

The original, striking Albert Whitlock matte painting from the opening of the episode is retained and so enhanced, but CBS-D doesn’t stop there. They add a night scene with a different angle of the base (culled from a shot originally designed for “The Menagerie, Part 1”) that adds a ringed moon to the planetscape, then consistently add the moon into a later shot of the Whitlock painting as well as several orbital shots, all while retaining the purple/magenta color scheme of the original matte job.

After the first commercial break the episode opens with a zoom in past and under the Enterprise warp nacelles downward to focus on the shuttle bay area and a new ion pod being positioned by some kind of repair crew. The storm damage shown on the ship and the specific look at the ion pod are the kinds of details that would have been impossible to achieve on the original series budget and schedule, and their addition here is the best kind of payoff to the Remastered project. As much as this effort has had its highs and lows, the extra effort made on specific episodes like this one still makes the project worthwhile in my opinion. Before this job was undertaken it would have been considered remarkable to have even a handful of episodes enhanced in this way—the fact that all of them have been tackled is still rather amazing, and given the limitations of time and money, the batting average hasn’t been all that bad.



(higher quality version at YouTube)



Remastered (in HD) v Original


My name is Jame Finney. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Samuel T. Cogley, esq. Space Attorney at Law

Ben Finney, not playing with a full fizzbin deck

In space no one can see your stunt double, until released on HD that is

Again? What is it with you Jim?

Screenshots via the fine folks at Trekcore.com


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1. Grover Sald - May 11, 2008

Very nicely done effects here. The originals were very good too.

2. Greg Stamper - May 11, 2008

I, like others, was interested in the actual location of the Ion Pod. The Remastered Team’s area selection makes sense.

3. Tom - May 11, 2008

Was there ever an explanation (or rationalization) posited for the ion pod, beyond a plot device?

Why would it be so important to have it manned only during an ion storm? And what danger does it pose to the ship that not only it has to be jetisoned but also that it warrents a dedicated button on the Captain’s chair?

4. sean - May 11, 2008

Shatner’s stunt double in this one looks about 15 years old. Seriously, did they ever expect anyone to buy that guy as Kirk? Heh.

Probably my absolute favorite TOS episode besides COTEOF, despite the macguffin of the ‘Ion Pod’ and McCoy’s microphone masquerading as a medical device. Really solid character moments here, especially between Kirk and Spock. And a nice remaster to boot!

5. Jack - May 11, 2008

I’ve always loved this episode, mainly because of Stone and the Court Martial scenes (a lot of non-white Starfleet higher ups, compared to all the old tubby white guys seen in most TNG episodes). It really gave a great sense of a larger Trek universe (but not a really boring one like TNG’s and Voyager’s, where they all just seemed to hang around with mostly white people and take learning annex courses). I was like 9 going “hey, why would a captain’s log have all those camera angles… hey, couldn’t they just find Finney with a tricorder… hey that’s a microphone!” and so on until my little brother punched me for stating the obvious. Apparently I was a genius at 9. It didn’t last.

6. Sean4000 - May 11, 2008

Once again, Max Gabl, the matte artist proves his mastery over the craft! A+ Max.

If only all episodes got this level of treatment.

Great episode too.

7. OneBuckFilms - May 11, 2008

Good job CBS-D. Now we know where the Ion Pod is located.

Nice Starbase shots as well.

8. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - May 11, 2008

Beautiful episode perfectly executed by the CBS guys!!! Print never looked nicer. Funny how Shatner did most of his own stunts even the more dangerous ones fighting in Vasquez Rocks ect but to my knowledge the two most glaring incidents of not Shatnerian stunts were both in the Engineering bay??? Khan fight and Finney fight both the same stunt double. That closeup of the E with the shuttle zooming past and the two spaceuited techs angling the new pod looked so real and positively cinematic!!!! God I wish they could redo Balance of Terror And I always love “Beaten and sobbing!!!” One of the best Trek lines ever!!!

9. [The] TOS Purist aka The Purolator - May 11, 2008

Seeing all those clips back-to-back made me notice that the stardates are actually sequential, not just random numbers – shows they obviously put some thought into the stardates.

It’s a common mistake that the term “Vulcanian” was used until they decided to “retcon” it to “Vulcan,” but if you pay attention to a few of the early episodes, they used BOTH terms within the same episode. That happened a few times.

For years I always assumed that the infamous “ion pod” was that glowy half-sphere right above the shuttlebay. It was never clearly stated (to my knowledge) what that half-sphere was anyway, so I’m surprised they didn’t come right out and establish it AS the ion pod. I like the new one, though, especially the detail of the four burn marks around the pod hatch, showing where the quad thrusters obviously made their mark while rocketing away from the Enterprise.

As a final note, I’d like to point out that “Jamie” is misspelled to say “Jame” in the image caption up there…just rendering a little helpful editorial assistance… :)

10. starfall42 - May 11, 2008

No, she spelled it “Jame” despite the pronounciation. The credits say “Alice Rawlings… Jame Finney”.

11. Mark 2000 - May 11, 2008

Too bad they abandoned the bustling space port idea after two shots. The rest of the E shots are her completely alone in orbit like all the other episodes.

12. CmdrR - May 11, 2008

Nice review. I agree there’s too much D bashing. Team Okuda should be given more time and dough to pimp our E in the eps where it really needs a second pass, but overall the remastering is a fun reason to watch these great stories again.

You mention plot holes. To me, this is another example of Roddenberry et al playing with our knowledge of what the Enterprise’s technology can do. Here, we’re at the low end. You’re telling me there’s NOTHING on board besides a Mister Microphone that can reveal Finney’s been playing Pleiadese Cluster Possom? Hey, I know… why not ask someone on that big honkin’ Starbase to shine a beam onto 1701 and see how many humanoids on board. I won’t even go into the other ships, since they’re not shown in the original. As I say, this is Starfleet Tech at its most limited. I wish they’d kept it limited, as opposed to Nemesis, where we can cross the Alpha Quadrant before breakfast and find Data’s spare bits and target (!) every ship in Starfleet without getting up from a chair.

Anyway — good ep. Great Kirk / Spock / McCoy moments. And, agreed, Alice doesn’t star here anymore.

13. CmdrR - May 11, 2008

Oh, one other silly question… Why DID Kirk have to jettison the ion pod? I mean if the ship is under severe stress, would a tiny pod be causing more headaches than say… two nacelles or a deflector dish or any of the other big chunks?

14. Scott - May 11, 2008

I know I’m going to get a meanie award for this gripe, but I always liked the ring around the glowing object I shall assume is a star in the original matte painting. You can see a similar atmospheric artifact around the moon sometimes here on good old Earth. I don’t know why they got rid of such coolness in the “improved” matte.

That aside, I do like all the nifty things they did with this episode. Jeff Bond’s review is on-target all the way around.

Great episode.

Scott B. out.

15. T Negative - May 11, 2008

Great review and a great episode. The burned look of the Enterprise + ion pod replacement and matte shots were very well done. This is a case where the remastering really made this episode even better.

16. capt mike - May 11, 2008

You havt to be an obbssive crack pot who escaped from his keeper or samual t cogley attorney at law. Your right on both counts.Need a lawyer. Im afraid so. That was and is one of the best line from tos. I also loved the shot of the ion pod and the burn marks and all the activity at the start of the episode. This was cbs at there best on the remastering. I loved the new shots and loved how everything looked and all the court room drama. I think gene took some things fom perry mason on this episode. Now wheres all my books. not that hamonginised and pasterised and synthiseisd computer.Books!!!

17. Desertrat - May 11, 2008

For all of its apparent flaws, this remains to be one of the better episodes of TOS.

18. Engon - May 11, 2008

I’ve gotta believe that this only going to make Finney’s record look worse.

19. Rick - May 11, 2008

Man just watching the youtube clip of the new effects makes me really think again how good the music was on the original series. Why they could not get as good as music in the other series always made me wonder. Sure I will not say it was all bad music in the later series. It just to me did not have the power and mood setting of the original series music. I can here just snippets of the musical cues from the original ST and really get emotionally moved in some way or another. I really hope the new film gets some of this. Although I have to say I do like the composer they have working on it.

20. OneBuckFilms - May 11, 2008


I’m definately with you on that.

During the Next Generation, there was a directive from Rick Berman (I think) to dtone down the themes in the music, so that every episode would have the same basic sound.

The Star Trek features, before Generations, are some of the best scores in my collection.

Giacchino could do a lot worse than to write something in this vein.

21. capt mike - May 11, 2008

#19 and #20 i completly agree with you. The music on tos was great and it always stuck to you. The first 6 movies and generations to some extent had great music. But the new series even though were good and great was lacking in the music. I think only in the first season of the next generation and the borg episodes did they have great music scores.Can you imagine tos or movies like top gun or flash gorden and other movies not have great music. So lets hope that the new movie has great music to go along with great writing and directing and we will have another great movie.

22. capt mike - May 11, 2008

Any one have any idea will might play finney in the new movie.

23. Jeff Bond - May 11, 2008

Finney’s in the new movie? :)

I don’t know how the new movie will turn out but there’s one element I have great faith in: Michael Giacchino’s ability to give it a great score. Check out his work on Lost, which is the best dramatic scoring done on television in years, or his Speed Racer score–which not only plays with the original theme song brilliantly but also inserts elements of the original cartoon underscore into the new score in very entertaining and exciting ways. For my money Giacchino is the most exciting film composer working today and no one has greater respect for the scoring traditions of the Sixties and Seventies than he does.

24. OR Coast Trekkie - May 11, 2008

Now this is one CBS-D’s better efforts This is one that they thought out. I’m only going to nitpick two details, but don’t get me wrong, still a job well done. #1 For the tallest building on the starbase, the people should have been made smaller. The size that CBS made the people in the windows made the scale of the building look smaller. #2 I agree that there should have been more ships in every shot.

However, I am left with a couple of questions (not necessarily related to the plot). #1 I wonder how crazy the gravity on this planet would be, considering the proximity of the 2 planets. And #2 Where is it that the Enterprise is getting fixed? The starbase is on the earth, but there was never any sort of space station shown.

To answer the half-sphere on top of the shuttle bay, I think that “In a Mirror Darkly pt. 2″ made that a rear photon torpedo launcher on board the Defiant. Though it was never established on TOS, I consider Enterprise to be canon, and therefore, now consider that to be a rear weapons launcher.

25. Izbot - May 11, 2008

From the review: “…moving past several other starships and an Antares-style cargo vessel…”

I didn’t see a cargo vessel anywhere in the episode or in the FX video above. A few shuttles and another Constitution-class starship but no cargo vessels.

But I agree, this is one of CBS-D’s better efforts.

26. SciFiMetalGirl - May 11, 2008

I thought it was odd that McCoy had to use the Mister Microphone thingie to “mask” the sound of everyone’s heartbeats on the bridge, yet he could use the computer to do the same thing for the transporter tech! And they had to beam everyone else offboard to accomplish this, as well?!?

Except for the few clunkers like that, and as mentioned above, overall a great episode! Another great job by cbs-d on picking up the loose ends, and filling in the blanks for us! Much appreciate the superb effort here! It really made this into an outstanding episode!

I also really enjoyed the portrayals of Lt. Areel Shaw, and Samuel T. Cogley! What a delight they were! Strong performances indeed! And Areel had a way cool “off-duty” outfit, and her Starfleet uniform was one of the nicest ones I’ve seen!

Poor Finney… you don’t really get much to appreciate about him since his character isn’t really actually seen until the very end. But at least what we do get to see of him and his paranoid madness is played well enough.

27. Michael Hall - May 11, 2008

In his novelization of this episode SF author James Blish had Kirk testify at his preliminary hearing that the ion pod picks up its own electrical charge during the course of the storm, making it a danger to the rest of the ship and requiring that it eventually be jettisoned. A reasonable explanation for the show’s plot-driver that may actually have been included in the original script and cut for time.

Agreed that this was a nice job on the part of CBS-D, but an orbital repair facility would have solved the mystery of how the Enterprise gets a new paintjob (let alone repaired) in so short a time–even the suggestion of a few drydock girders behind the ship in those close-ups would have done the trick.

28. Iowagirl - May 11, 2008

Wonderful episode with some particularly impressive scenes and memorable lines.

29. Sean4000 - May 11, 2008

An orbital platform would have been awesome. Check my name link for an example.

30. SciFiMetalGirl - May 12, 2008

#24. OR Coast Trekkie I agree that the people seemed oversized for the building…unless they just happened to be extra tall humanoids passing by the window at that moment! ;)

#25. Izbot Yes, the Antares-style cargo vessel was there. I saw it. It is in that first opening shot at the very top of the screen, somewhat far away and tiny, and you can only see it momentarily before the Enterprise blots it out of view.

31. Smitch - May 12, 2008

Anyone notice the rings on that planet are tilted the opposite way when seen from space? Oh, unless the Enterprise is upside down and the ringed planet is on the other side of the planet than it was in that establishing shot.

My powers of observation have been increased by a factor of 1 to the 4th power!

32. Jeffrey S. Nelson - May 12, 2008

8. Lord Garth – “print never looked nicer…”

Am I the only one who’s noticed the flickering brightness of the film stock in the scene where the court martial officers are in the briefing room aboard ship? This goes on interminably and on in to the next scene on the bridge. The film stock quality is poor and is made glaringly so by the great special effects in this episode. Pulsating brightness even more apparent on the dvd.
In comparison, the film stock in the dvd release from 2004 doesn’t have this flickering brightness. At first I thought it was just the lighting of the episode, but it’s not.
Jeff Bond…Anthony…comment??

33. KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - May 12, 2008

“My name is Jame Finney. You killed my father. Prepare to die. ”

LMAO!! Nice job on the Princess Bride ref. :-)

34. Trekker in SoDak - May 12, 2008

I’ve always wondered about the wrench Finney picked up during the fight scene with Kirk in Engineering. A wrench, just laying there…always seemed strikingly anachronistic for the 24th century.

35. star trackie - May 12, 2008

CBS pulled out all the stops on this one. It’s a beauty to behold in HD.

36. jfddoc - May 12, 2008

Kirk explains that the computer can amplify the sounds on the ship to “1 to the 4th power.” So that would be 1X1X1X1=1 correct?

37. Danpaine - May 12, 2008

I enjoyed the re-do of this one, as well.

One thing I CAN’T stand is how edited these are to allow for commercials. Especially on dialogue-heavy episodes like this one. There was so much chopped out from the original, the story barely made any sense.

Luckily, I’ve seen it about 655 times, so it wasn’t a big deal, just annoying.

38. Leonel - May 12, 2008

32 – I noticed that flickered brightness as well. You’re not the only one..

39. Moonwatcher - May 12, 2008

# 24, I agree … The first thing I noticed was that the figures moving around in the main Star Base 11 building appear to be too big. They sure would have a tough time fitting in the round building in the foreground. Maybe that structure was designed by Balock of the First Federation and they have to bend over to get around.
What would have been really cool would have been to see either the Intrepid or the Enterprise in an orbital dry dock. Overall a nice job.

40. eagle219406 - May 12, 2008

There are things that made no sense in this episode. For one thing, They knew how dangerous an Ion Storm was so why even go in it in the first place. Another thing is, Kirk could issue alerts with buttons on his chair? Why was he never able to do that before or since? Also is an Ion Pod something that can only be used once?

41. eagle219406 - May 12, 2008

Another thing that made no sense. There was a whole bridge full of officers and nobody could vouch for Kirk that the ship was on “Red Alert” when the pod was jettisoned?

42. Kyle Nin - May 12, 2008

Where is picture #4 supposed to be taken from, in relation to picture #5? It doesn’t look like it’s the same base, unless the base stretches for miles behind the camera, for pictures #2 & 5.

That kind of bothers me, as well as the fact that this remastered planet doesn’t match the remastered planet in “The Menagerie”. It’s supposed to be the same planet, right?

Other than those things, I didn’t really have a problem with this one.

43. BrF - May 12, 2008

The stately Constitution class ships, the spry little shuttles, the camera’s (“camera”) slow approach of the Enterprise hull—the old gal’s never looked so real. Great job.

44. CmdrR - May 12, 2008

eagle219406 — You’re thinking with your brain. Stop that. Think with your pancreas. Then, Trek is wondeful.

45. Janice BS - May 12, 2008

Bond, Jeff Bond (sorry, couldn’t resist – I ‘m sure you have heard that too many times) I always enjoy reading your reviews. Thank you.

46. MCDoctor - May 12, 2008

Samuel T. Cogley, esq. Space Attorney at Law – I was thought he was the guy who aimed Kirk down the road of loving books.

As Spock later sez in ST2WOK: “I’m aware of you fondness for antiques…”

Also Finney – was he William Dafoe’s example for the Green Goblin in Spiderman?

Hey, it’s Monday morning – Gimmie a break!

47. Thomas Jensen - May 12, 2008

If that’s where the ion pod is, then where is the starboard side blinking running light located???

48. [The] TOS Purist aka The Purolator - May 12, 2008

#24 – To answer the half-sphere on top of the shuttle bay, I think that “In a Mirror Darkly pt. 2″ made that a rear photon torpedo launcher on board the Defiant. Though it was never established on TOS, I consider Enterprise to be canon, and therefore, now consider that to be a rear weapons launcher.

“Enterprise” ain’t canon, son. It started out as a non-canon show, and as far as I’m concerned it ended as a non-canon show. You’ll pardon me if I disobey your order to consider the half-sphere a torpedo launcher.

#34 – A wrench, just laying there…always seemed strikingly anachronistic for the 24th century.

I might agree, except for the fact that we’re talking about the 23rd century, not the 24th. The 24th century is inhabited by old bald white guys floating around in their Hilton Hotel equipped with stubby, deformed-looking warp nacelles, with soap-opera crews obsessing over virtual reality, since space obviously isn’t exciting enough for them.

49. Gary - May 12, 2008

@4 Sean

One must remember that Star Trek was made when small televisions were the norm. When I was a kid in the mid-70s, I watched Star Trek (uncut, I might add) on a 19 inch television.

50. AJ - May 12, 2008


Bad day today?



“Yes, Katie, it’s true. Modern demographic research has shown that, by the 24th Century, we’ll all be old bald white guys. And we’ll be sitting, or even floating, in the lobbies of Hilton Hotels as our soap-opera crews obsess over virtual reality-based situations instead of their shipboard duties.”

Commander LaForge of Enterprise: “I’d rather watch Oprah than deal with my stubby, deformed-looking warp nacelles.”

The Doctor: “Please state the nature of the medical emergency”

Picard: “Come out, come out, wherever you are…”

51. The Underpants Monster - May 12, 2008

Those new mattes are gorgeous. Nice job! This is what the digital revolution was all about.

52. eagle219406 - May 12, 2008

#48 Enterprise” ain’t canon, son. It started out as a non-canon show, and as far as I’m concerned it ended as a non-canon show. You’ll pardon me if I disobey your order to consider the half-sphere a torpedo launcher.

#34 – A wrench, just laying there…always seemed strikingly anachronistic for the 24th century.

I might agree, except for the fact that we’re talking about the 23rd century, not the 24th. The 24th century is inhabited by old bald white guys floating around in their Hilton Hotel equipped with stubby, deformed-looking warp nacelles, with soap-opera crews obsessing over virtual reality, since space obviously isn’t exciting enough for them.

I understand you hated the show. But don’t condemn those who did like it.

53. Sean4000 - May 12, 2008


Man I tell you, all of the budget went to Max Gabl. lol. His work is fantastic.

54. sean's clone - May 12, 2008

This episode is butchered in syndication – especially the stand off between cogsley and the chick lawyer when Kirk’s service record is being read.

I would have cut out that ridiculous fight scene between Kirk and Finney – They are so obvious stunt doubles it’s distracting – I can only imagine how much worse that looks in HD.

55. Andy Patterson - May 12, 2008

As someone who has been vocal against even doing a “remastered” Trek….I’m about to pay a compliment…..

get ready…

…drum roll…..

I really enjoyed this episode with these new visuals (I’m still not sure what or where I was supposed to be looking for as far as an Ion pod is concerned) but I really dug all the movement around the Enterprise in orbit. This was a very enjoyable episode to watch.

One thing I will say about this Re-mastering. I think it’s gotten us all to watch and re-watch more closely than we probably ever did. It made me notice Alexander Courage’s cool little treatment of his own theme which he made into a lounge version in the bar of the Star Base. Larry Willis’ jazz album, The Offering does a version just recently of the Star Trek theme. Maynard Ferguson had one 20 something yrs ago….but I’m surprised this version has never been released.

“Officers. Gentleman. Captains all. …..But not Finney” I still like that line. That’s up there with “Beaten and Sobbing”. And then there’s a line that I’ve said in my head and outloud when being called to task by a principal, traffic cop, or parent of a student…..”But that’s not the way it happened” (with grim and desperate confidence – a great Shatner moment) Whether or not it’s helped I’ve used it forever….if nothing else in attitude.

I’d like to know more about the ‘Tribunal of Alpha 3′. I remember those made-up historical events more than the real ones I’m supposed to know.

56. Jai1138 - May 12, 2008

I like to throw in the phrase “beaten and sobbing” into everyday conversation once and a while whether it’s warranted or not.

57. Sam Belil - May 12, 2008

I have always loved this episode. I put it right up there with “The Menagerie” — in terms of pure drama, one of the very best Kirk-centric episodes (perhaps the 2nd best to City on the Edge of Forever). Areel Shaw — what can I say, a “Space Babe with SUBSTANCE” — like Edith Keeler, beautiful, talented and very smart!!!!!! I hope the new movie can capture that type of drama. Cogley — one of the best TOS characters ever!!!!

58. sean - May 12, 2008


So did my mom, but she said she and my grandfather used to laugh at the obvious stunt doubles too :)

59. [The] TOS Purist aka The Purolator - May 12, 2008

#52 – I understand you hated [The Next Generation]. But don’t condemn those who did like it.

I never condemned TNG fans. Just TNG. :)

60. Commodore Z - May 12, 2008

The Star Trek theme “lounge mix” did come out a few years ago one a CD published by GNP Crescendo. Sorry, I don’t remember the title of the disk.

61. Commodore Lurker - May 12, 2008

Decloaking . . .
Great job, the additions help a lot.
Seems like this would have been a great place to add in the long talked about “Reliant Class ship”.

Star Dates were given due consideration within episodes, but NOT between episodes. Gene Roddenberry is on record stating that they never really focused on it due to the crush of the production schedual and the delays involved in SFX in those days.

I’d take 85% of ENT as canon, before I’ll accept “Turnabout Intruder” or “And The Children Shall Lead” as canon.

The point is all of Star Trek’s varients contributed to canon, and all of them, even TOS, had eps that are best forgotten.

62. MrRegular - May 12, 2008

If Commander Finney turned “off” the power, shouldn’t the Big E remain in orbit at least long enough for Scotty to get back on board and fix it??? If an object is traveling at “escape velocity”, despite the lack of engine power, hypothetically it should still stay up there for quite a while, until the object’s speed declines below escape velocity, right??
With the exception of this issue, the stunt doubles and the microphone, this is a great Trek adventure, with a great new set of special effects from CBS-D!

63. Dom - May 12, 2008

Never understood the thing about ‘Vulcan’ and ‘Vulcanian.’ They’re just slightly different ways of saying the same thing, It’s like ‘Argentine’ and ‘Argentinian!’

By all accounts, ‘Vulcanian’ was an simply archaic description of the inhabitants of Vulcan that was still occasionally used in the era of TOS!

Oh, and the FX for this one look great! :)

64. diabolk - May 12, 2008

I never could see the space-suited crewmen replacing the pod as AICN said you could. Maybe on a HD TV….

65. Engon - May 12, 2008

For some reason, the Enterprise is constantly in danger of falling from orbit whenever it loses power. If you assume that it is actually in orbit instead of straining to stay aloft at some sub-orbital velocity, then it should stay in orbit for quite some time without the application of any power whatsoever. Were the Enterprise in extremely low orbit, atmospheric drag would eventually slow it down and it would fall. This happens to low flying satellites and it lead to the demise of SkyLab back in 1979. The International Space Station loses about 100 meters of altitude per day due to atmospheric drag and has to be boosted several times a year. These objects are all in very low Earth orbit, however. Why the Enterprise usually has only a matter of hours is unclear. The atmosphere of some planets might extend further into space, in which case it would be prudent for the Enterprise to orbit at a greater altitude.

66. Disappointed Trekker - May 12, 2008

AMEN about Enterprise! TPTB didn’t even want to attach the Star Trek nameplate till the “Titanic” was sinking.

About the episode- Nice overall but with the Commodore’s chart showing 9 other ships in for repairs besides the Enterprise I would have expected more of a fleet yard setting like Utopia Planetia with drydocks and such, not just a cargo ship, a Constitution class ship and a couple of shuttles. I understand the time and effort the remastering must take but I was kind of left wanting more on this point.

67. OneBuckFilms - May 12, 2008

66 – Actually, the reason they didn’t want to attach the “Star Trek” name to Enterprise was because it was before the Star Trek we knew.

The viewpoint was that Star Trek=The Federation, and this was before that, setting things up adn bridging part of the gap between Now and the Original Series.

As for Canonicity of Enterprise: I view it as Canon, simply due to the basic premise that Officially produced Paramount/CBS live-action Star Trek aired on Television or shown on screen is Canon.

It wasn’t a great series, but I don’t want to simply throw it out because the series was less than Interstellar.

Another argument that it is Canon should come from Nemesis, where a starship called “USS Archer” is visible on a taxtical display behind Data as he was speaking to Picard on their way through the Faisin Rift (SP?).

I don’t think Nemesis and Enterprise were as bad as many seem to paint them as.

But I will say that they were not up to the standards they needed to be at.

68. Al - May 12, 2008

Well, I still don’t know where the ion pod is

69. roebeet - May 12, 2008

I’m surprised no one’s really commented on the the whole “book vs computer data” sub-text. This is one of of those future predictions that Roddenberry really got right (although not for exactly the same reasons as mentioned in the show, perhaps). Music has gone digital, as well as photographs and film, but books still prevail into the 21st century, at least so far.

I’ve shown many people I know e-books and they start ranting, not unlike Samuel T. Cogley, about how they’d die before they’d give up a “real” paper book.

70. T Negative - May 12, 2008

Perhaps the drydock and other ships are on the other side of the planet??

71. [The] TOS Purist aka The Purolator - May 12, 2008

#63 – Never understood the thing about ‘Vulcan’ and ‘Vulcanian.’ They’re just slightly different ways of saying the same thing, It’s like ‘Argentine’ and ‘Argentinian!’

By all accounts, ‘Vulcanian’ was an simply archaic description of the inhabitants of Vulcan that was still occasionally used in the era of TOS!

You’re EXACTLY right!! Either term wasn’t an indication of a “developing show,” because by the time TOS went into production it was pretty much already “developed.” If people paid attention they’d discover that the terms “Vulcanian” and “Vulcan” have been used in the same episode on more than one occasion. The terms are, and always have been, interchangable.

72. [The] TOS Purist aka The Purolator - May 12, 2008


And let’s not forget all the books that Kirk himself has in his quarters, in addition to the small library McCoy had in his cabin.

73. Jeff Bond - May 12, 2008

71. – Maybe, but if people paid attention they’d also discover that the term “Vulcanian” isn’t used at all after the first season of the show. I do agree you can paint it as an archaic term if you want to look at Star Trek as a historical program, but if you look at it as a developing TV show where nomenclature was modified by writers who became more or less comfortable with certain terms it makes just as much sense. Or do we believe that the Enterprise uses “lithium crystals” to focus its power until after the episode “Mudd’s Women,” after which the ship switched to dilithium crystals?

74. eagle219406 - May 13, 2008

#67: I agree with you that people shouldn’t throw it out just because they felt it sucked. I mean, I didn’t like DS9 that much. I only watched a few episodes during its run when they seemed interesting, like “Trials and Tribbleations.” But I wouldn’t go so far as to say that It never happened.

75. Emily Litella - May 13, 2008


And, as I recall in comparing “The Alternative Factor” versus, say, “Elaan of Troyius”, two very different looking plot MacGuffins.

/hat tip: Bjo Trimble’s ST Concordance.

76. Star Trek: Voyeur - May 13, 2008

Re: Amazon … Season One DVD / HD DVD combo … is to $96.95 (retail is $194.99).

Much cheaper at Amazon.ca, it’s CDN$ 49.99 plus FREE shipping.

Quoth Amazon: “Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we’ll deliver when available. We’ll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item. Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca”

77. richr - May 13, 2008

Always loved this episode…now I like it even more…

And as for all the questions about:

“Why does the E need constant power to stay in orbit?”
“Why do you need to beam the crew down to count heartbeats?”
“WTF is an ion pod…and why do we need to eject it?”
“WTF is the ion pod located…and why do we need to eject it?”
“How does a deranged Lt. Commander remain on duty despite Dr. McKoy’s constant screening?”
“How does Kirk get all the Green/Blue/White/Black women?”



78. Mr. Poopey face(formerly known as Closettrekker) - May 13, 2008

#48—All live-action Trek is canon. I understand that ENT was not YOUR vision of the 22nd century in Mr. Roddenberry’s universe, but you and I do not own the rights to Star Trek. Personally, I much prefer ENT to any of the TNG-era stuff, but whether I like it or not, holodecks, ship’s counselors, Klingons in Starfleet, children aboard the Enterprise, and artificial officers are canon. TNG did not mesh with my preconceived notions about the 24th century, just as ENT did not mesh with your preconceived notions about the 22nd century. Either way, it is all Star Trek…

I like “Court-Martial” alot, despite its obvious flaws, the most damning of which is the assignment of Kirk’s old flame to the prosecution. Conflict of interest, anyone?

79. Jim Profit - May 13, 2008

Again and again, don’t headline it
“Court Martial” Remastered Review + Video & Screenshots
when it’s only
“Court Martial” Remastered Review + stream & Screenshots

Also again and again, the rest the site is a great piece of work, my favorite one in trek-news.

80. Al - May 13, 2008

Where the pod gone in the sixth image down?

81. GilmourD - May 13, 2008

Anybody notice the 1384 under the nacelle pylon in the picture with the shuttle? What’s up with that?


82. richr - May 13, 2008

Trivia on “Court Martial” from Wikipedia:

The opening scene shows the Enterprise in orbit of Starbase 11, and there is visible damage to the side of the hull. A small hole in the hull where Ben Finney’s pod was, shown with a red light illuminating from inside. A crew member (played by Denise Okuda) can be seen moving within a window near the damaged area.

Also…I don’t think I ever realized that this is the same Starbase (11) as the base in “The Menagerie”. I wonder what happened to Commodore Mendez (who was also a rare, competent TOS commodore)…assuming the Talosians didn’t really zap him, of course!

83. richr - May 13, 2008


AND there’s another number clearly visible to the left of the pod scorch mark/hole…I think it’s 1537…but I can’t be sure. What…somebody got loose with a spray paint can in the dockyard or something?

84. Engon - May 13, 2008

77, you misunderstand us. We can be against TOS and admire it
all at the same time.



85. Ralph F - May 13, 2008

WOW, when did the comparison images get bigger? I’m going to need to revisit past posts and see if the others are this nicer size (good for larger desktops (aka wallpaper) images).

86. eagle219406 - May 13, 2008

#82: “Also…I don’t think I ever realized that this is the same Starbase (11) as the base in “The Menagerie”. I wonder what happened to Commodore Mendez (who was also a rare, competent TOS commodore)…assuming the Talosians didn’t really zap him, of course!”

If you watch the series in production order, you will notice that “Court Martial” was actually the episode just before “The Menagerie.”

87. Engon - May 13, 2008

High on the list of the most ill-considered syndication cuts for time would be the heartbeat-filled pause between Kirk’s “That’s everyone” and Commodore Stone’s “Finney…”

In the original episode there are 23 heartbeats during this pause. In the re-mastered version there are 2. Also missing is the better part of 6 individual shots in which the various principal players realize the implication of that lone heartbeat.

This is no small matter of cutting an extraneous line for time. This moment is, in fact, the dramatic climax of the episode. It is the moment when Commodore Stone, who is essentially the technical protagonist, changes his mind by uttering the word, “Finney.”

The people who made the show in the first place realized the importance of this moment. Maybe CBS/Paramount should consider the possibility that it’s the storytelling and not the special effects that have made Star Trek popular for 40 years.

88. Engon - May 14, 2008

On a lighter note – if the INTREPID is in orbit, why isn’t the lounge full of annoyed Vulcanians jamming on their harps?

89. Deliverator - May 14, 2008

My favorite part was the first scene in the bar, when Kirk commented that his Academy graduating class was well represented, and if you look closely at their cuffs, they ALL had inferior ranks. Like some of the other character-defining elements, this very effectively showed us Kirk as a “wunderkind”, and helped explain why Kirk’s “peers” would be so quick to turn on him, since they surely resented his quick ascent to starship captain.

90. dep1701 - May 14, 2008

Re 81 and 83:

Those numbers were always there on the filming model, they were just too tiny to see before. My naval friends have told me they are called frame numbers, and reference an area of the ship where an inner support beam is located.

I first saw these numbers clearly in issue ten of the old “Star Trek Poster Magazine” which had close up photos of the 11 footer at the Smithsonian. I finally got to see it myself in 1977, and again several times in the 80’s before the controversial refurbishing job, so I can vouch for the fact that they were always there. You can sometimes see them as indistinct markings on the original DVDs.

These numbers are even included, although very tiny, in the decals for the Polar Lights Enterprise, and were first included in the decal sheet for the Estes flying model rocket version in 1975.

Check out these photos and you can see other numbers along the engineering hull:


91. dep1701 - May 14, 2008

Re: my previous message, 90:

I should have added though, that the the numbers were always originally in black. In the remasters some details on the ship seem to change color from episode to episode

92. Rich - May 14, 2008

According to Bob Justman, when they were shooting this episode, everyone involved assumed it would be a dud. Nobody was at all enthusiastic about it. Also, Elisha Cok, Jr. , the elderly actor who played Sam Cogley, just didn’t “get” the sci-fi themed “Star Trek” and thus was constantly forgetting lines, thus driving everyone up the wall.

93. Rich - May 14, 2008

Elisha COOK, Jr.
my misspell.

94. Andy Patterson - May 14, 2008


Another bit of Trivia is ahat Areel Shaw evidently is the only female to wear a dress uniform in the series. At least that’s what I found on line.


I wonder what happened to Commodore Mendez

He was brought over to be Alexander Mundie’s boss on “It Takes a Thief” which I believe is the show that came to pass instead of Assignment: Earth. Would have been interesting to see them both on the air. Other good shows often prove to be healthy competition for each other.

95. Disappointed Trekker - May 14, 2008


Doesn’t mean a damn thing. They had a reference to Archer 4 in the third season of TNG 11 years BEFORE Enterprise. Did you ever consider maybe it was a reference to Sagitarrius “The Archer”? If you wanna consider Enterprise canon then by all means throw in TAS where at least the writing was better and more believable

96. Commodore Z - May 14, 2008

I have a mild affection for TAS, but I wouldn’t call it better or more believable than Enterprise. There were a couple of good episodes, but for the most part it wasn’t all that great.

97. eagle219406 - May 14, 2008

#95 Doesn’t mean a damn thing. They had a reference to Archer 4 in the third season of TNG 11 years BEFORE Enterprise. Did you ever consider maybe it was a reference to Sagitarrius “The Archer”? If you wanna consider Enterprise canon then by all means throw in TAS where at least the writing was better and more believable.

Was there any proof whatsoever that Enterprise wasn’t canon. Can you back up that statement? Or are you just not considering it canon because you hated it. Guess what pal. That is no excuse. Nobody will accept that as a reason for it not being canon. And also they did say that Archer did have planets named after him. Maybe that planet was where they got the Idea for his name. And besides, I do believe that on the DVD of Nemesis itself, Through interviews and commentaries, that it was in fact made in reference to Jonathan Archer. Just wondering, what was not to like about enterprise. Why did you people think it sucked? I tell you this, I thought DS9 pretty much sucked, and the reason was, it didn’t have anybody on a ship exploring the galaxy. it was all in one place and pretty much secluded. That was what made it boring in my opinion. I mean there, I said I didn’t like it but at least I gave a reason.

98. Enc - May 15, 2008

#95 and #97
sorry but Archer 4 woiuld not be a planet named Archer (aftrer the capt of the NX-01 or not). Archer would be the name of the star for that system and the ‘4’ would refer to the planets order from it.
so this is the 4th planet in the Archer starsystem. just like Sol 3.

99. Commodore Wesley - May 16, 2008

I’d forgotten about the ion pod picking up an electrical charge in James Blish’s novelization.
I always thought that the pod sat outside of the ship’s shields in order to take ion readings, thus creating a vulnerable spot on the ship in an ion storm. If things got too bad, the pod would have to be ejected so that the shields would cover that spot.
Which begs the questions: Why, then, can the ship take sensor readings of every other kind with the shields up? And, what’s so freaking important about ion readings to begin with?
Forget it! It’s just a show! Get a life, etc.!
IMHO, best remaster job to date!

100. joe - July 17, 2008

They could have a miranda class ship leave orbit as enterprise came in or the opposite. There was so much they could have done.

101. Billy Bobby - March 7, 2010

OMG! The people in the tall building are giants!

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