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The starship Enterprise encounters a menacing, enigmatic alien called Balok in this installment of the popular science fiction series. After finding the Enterprise's movements blocked by a strange, cube-like device, Captain Kirk orders an attack on the object. At this point, the towering, powerful figure of Balok appears, threatening to destroy the Enterprise. Kirk responds with a risky maneuver involving an obscure mineral known as "corbomite," hoping to outwit the alien. However, there are more surprises in the store, as Kirk discovers that the alien may not be everything he seems. This first season episode was directed by Joseph Sargent, who would later helm The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and numerous other feature films.