First off, let me say that the matte painting used in this episode for Starbase 11 is just awesome:
|In Kirk's defense, the buttons are like right next to each other. Anyone could hit the wrong button once in a while.|
Kirk's defense attorney is none other than Samuel T. Cogley, played by the wonderful Elishia Cook, Jr.
|"What's the matter? Don't you like books?"|
Cogley: What's the matter? Don't you like books?
Kirk: Oh, I like them fine, but a computer takes less space.
Cogley: A computer, huh? I got one of these in my office. Contains all the precedents. The synthesis of all the great legal decisions written throughout time. I never use it.
Kirk: Why not?
Cogley: I've got my own system. Books, young man, books. Thousands of them. If time wasn't so important, I'd show you something. My library. Thousands of books.
Kirk: And what would be the point?
Cogley: This is where the law is. Not in that homogenised, pasteurised, synthesiser. Do you want to know the law, the ancient concepts in their own language, Learn the intent of the men who wrote them, from Moses to the tribunal of Alpha 3? Books.
Kirk: You have to be either an obsessive crackpot who's escaped from his keeper or Samuel T. Cogley, attorney at law.
Cogley: Right on both counts. Need a lawyer?
When Spock confirms that there is nothing mechanically wrong with the ship's computer, Kirk says that maybe he will be able to beat his next captain at chess. That gets Spock to thinking that playing chess is another way to test the computer.
In any case Cogley demands to face Kirk's accuser - the computer, so they take the hearing to the ship.
Everyone is sent to the surface, except for a minimal number of crew members & the officers of the court. Kirk explains, once again, that nobody on Star Trek knows what an orbit is or how they work:
"Our impulse engines have been shut down. We'll maintain orbit by momentum." Presumably, objects like the Moon, have really awesome engines that never run out of fuel.
|I'm a doctor, not Sinatra.|
All-in-all, Court Martial is a solid, enjoyable episode. Not a top 10, but still worth your time.
Next up, The Menagerie.