The Enterprise Incident
The Romulans have a new bit of technology called a “cloaking device” (just go with it). Kirk pretends to be crazy, then pretends to be a Romulan to get to it. Meanwhile, Spock pretends to be in love. But is he pretending? Find out when we put The Enterprise Incident in the Mission Log.
Tags: cloaking device, Romulan, Romulans, The Enterprise Incident, The Original Series, The Original Series Season 3, TOS
DC responds to the shows script problems in Captain’s Log and David’s book :
John, your mentally unfit homicidal maniac bit at the beginning was really funny.
I don’t understand your confusion about the cloaking device already making an appearance in ‘Balance of Terror.’ That cloaking device was clearly to render a ship only invisible to the naked eye. It still registered on their sensors. That was the whole point of the Enterprise mirroring the movements of the Romulan ship in order to make them think it was an echo. The Enterprise could follow the Romulans because their ship registered on sensors. That was the whole point of turning everything off and being quite to keep them from detecting the Enterprise when they were stopped. The Enterprise new they were stopped.
On the other hand, in ‘The Enterprise Incident,’ Spock specifies that this is a “new” cloaking device that is not just invisible, but also undetectable by sensors. That’s why there’s a danger that a Romulan ship could venture into Federation space undetected. That’s why the Romulan ship does not notice when the cloaked Enterprise doubles back at the end of the episode.
“Good morning, Captain Kirk. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to risk the Enterprise and its crew on the very, very slim chance that the Romulans will let you and Mr Spock board one of their ships that has a cloaking device, that there’ll be someone in command for Mr Spock to get his groove on and distract them, while you fake a death, avoid an autopsy, somehow get yourself back onboard disguised as a Romulan, identify the cloaking device, remove it, get it back and instal it- Captain Kirk? Are you still there?
after spock’s brain and your commentary about why it was that way, I was ready to write off all of season 3 but this episode really surprised me – there’s elements of star trek 2 here where spock and kirk are playing a very knowing game to outsmart their enemies. It’s one of the better episodes IMHO.