Is this your first review of a sci-fi show, Russ? You certainly chose an iconic one. I like this episode, though it's not one of my favorites from The Original Series. William Shatner's bemused expressions in "The Trouble with Tribbles" are priceless.Episode Commentary
"The Trouble With Tribbles" (S2E15)
Undoubtedly one of the more classic episodes of the series, this is a respite from the show's normal pretentiousness by making a parody of itself with an absolutely silly premise. So unusual that Wikipedia has a whole treatise on just this one episode. The scene of Capt. Kirk half buried in tribbles has become a universal sci-fi icon of sorts.
The Enterprise is racing through the parsec quadrant that houses deep space station K-7 after receiving word of an attack by Klingons. Upon arrival, Kirk learns this is a false alarm intended to lure the Enterprise to the station to meet with a Federation agriculture bigwig in order to guard the station's storage of a special grain to be grown on nearby Sherman's planet. It's never explained who Sherman is, but he must have been pretty important to have a planet named after him. Kirk is incensed to be handed what he considers to be a frivolous task in relation to his already bloated self ego, but orders are orders.
Spock and Kirk repair to the Station's bar for a snort and to bitch about their assignment. It is here we're introduced to Cyrano Jones (Stanley Adams), an interstellar huckster who distributes anything from Spiken flame gems to Anterion glow water. To interested onlookers, he introduces his newest product--a furry cuddly creature called a 'tribble'. Lt. Uhuru is fascinated by it and purchases one for 10 credits. Back to tribbles in a minute.
The Federation orders Kirk to utilize the Enterprise as a giant UPS truck to safely transport the grain to Sherman's Planet. "Just lovely", grumbles Kirk. It's important to be protected as the Klingons want to sabotage the shipment for some reason. A Klingon warship is suddenly spotted causing Enterprise crew members to frantically scramble through the ship's passageways in search of something to do about the threat. Spock and Kirk beam back onto the space station to meet with smarmy Klingon Captain Koloth (William Campbell) who is requesting shore leave for his crew who's been aboard ship for 5 months and seeking some female companionship. Apparently space station K-7 is considered the Las Vegas of the Quadrant.
Wondering if it can be used as a hair extension; Scotty sucks down some space Scotch; Standing up to the Klingons
Meanwhile, Uhuru's pet tribble has popped out about ten babies. The crew is delighted over the furry little things and everybody wants one. Dr. McCoy soon learns the more you feed a tribble, the more it reproduces. Tibbles upon tribbles upon tribbles. Back at the station's bar, Klingons are taunting the Enterprise crew members by calling Capt. Kirk a "Dilebrium slime devil". Them's fightin' words, and all hell breaks loose so we get to witness an old fashioned interplanetary bar fight. Fortunately, there's no neon Budweiser signs, plate glass windows or Jack Daniel bottles to be broken.
Adding insult to injury, tribbles are taking over the station and the ship. As much as they eat--especially the stores of grain--they reproduce even more. But the tribbles, who have a natural aversion to Klingons, start to mysteriously die off. Well brand my space blaster, those Klingons had poisoned the grain supply. Sabotage occurred as predicted! Kirk, all puffed up righteous, kicks the Klingons out of the quadrant with stern words and shaking finger.
Spock calculates that it will take about 17 years to clean up all the tribble poop. Requests by crew for transfer off the Enterprise increases dramatically.
Demand for tribble merchandise explodes:
Slippers, key chains, purses...