Jammer's Review

Star Trek: The Original Series

"The Trouble With Tribbles"


Air date: 12/29/1967
Written by David Gerrold
Directed by Joseph Pevney

Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan

They sometimes say comedy is harder to pull off than drama, and if that's the case, this episode shows a cast and crew at the top of their form. But what can I say about "The Trouble With Tribbles" that hasn't been said over and over? It's a classic, it's hilarious, it's got unforgettable scenes.

There is of course the great western-inspired bar brawl sequence that goes all out. And the scene where Kirk opens the door and thousands of tribbles fall down on him. And a light plot that knows better than to make any real threats. And classic confrontations with the Klingons, including a Klingon officer setting off Scotty by telling him the Enterprise is a garbage scow. But it's the cast interaction here that shows itself as really coming together. It occurred to me after again watching "The Trouble With Tribbles" that the natural chemistry evident in the original Trek cast is truly something special that hasn't been truly matched since.

Whether it's Kirk demanding "Who threw the first punch?" or the ending sequence where Kirk gets the runaround when trying to find out where all the tribbles went, the dialog and delivery is at top-notch sharpness. "Tribbles" is perhaps the best, most enjoyable comic piece the franchise has ever put out.

Previous episode: Wolf in the Fold
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3 comments on this review

Alex - Mon, Dec 23, 2013 - 9:01pm (USA Central)
I'm the first commenter on this really?

I originally saw this episode as its DS9 makeover, I believe. So I remembered some of the plot, but not all of it. It was nice to see the actor who plays the squire in the Squire of Gothos, which I believe is the first time a guest actor appears as a different character in a Star Trek episode — something that happens quite a lot in spinoff series. I think he does quite well in this role. I also enjoyed the Cyrano Jones character, who reminds me a bit of Mudd.
Moonie - Sat, Jan 4, 2014 - 4:30pm (USA Central)
I watched this episode and Trials and Tribble'ations back to back and those were two of the most entertaining and enjoyable hours I ever spent in front of a TV!
Andy's Friend - Sat, Jan 4, 2014 - 6:28pm (USA Central)
@Moonie: So true! The only problem I had with "Trials and Tribble-ations" was that after Dulmur and Lucsly I was basically half-dead of laughing for the remainder of the episode :)

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