Corbomite - Nonexistent substance
featured on episode No. 3 "The Corbomite Maneuver" on the sci-fi
adventure STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69.
Image of threatening alien
When an alien being captured the starship USS Enterprise, Captain
James T. Kirk (William Shatner) - in an attempt to call a bluff -
informed the hostile alien that the hull of his spacecraft contained
a material called Corbomite. An excerpt from the script follows:
This is the Captain of the
Enterprise. Our respect for other life forms requires
that we give you this...warning. There is one critical item
of information that has never been incorporated into the
memory banks of any Earth ship. Since the early
years of space exploration, Earth vessels have
had incorporated into them a substance known as...Corbomite.
It is a material and a device which prevents
attack on us. If any destructive energy touches
our vessel, a reverse reaction of equal strength is created,
[Deep male voice
interrupts] You now have two minutes.
[undeterred, Kirk continues] DESTROYING the attacker. It
may interest you to know that since the initial use of Corbomite more than two of our centuries ago, no attacking
vessel has survived the attempt. Death has...little
meaning to us. If it has none to you then attack us now. We
grow annoyed at your foolishness.
The real alien behind the voice
After Kirk's bluff, the alien entity
reveals himself as a child-like alien named Balok. As a gesture of
friendship, Balok offers to take one of
the crew of the Enterprise to travel with him as a liaison between their races.
This same ploy worked against the Romulans in the Romulan Neutral
Zone on episode No. 40 "The Deadly Years" when Kirk claimed to have
a "Corbomite device" which would wreak havoc over a 200,000
kilometer radius if his ship was fired upon.
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