Trekking into the new year leaves behind the faster, more fun filled romps like Mirror Mirror and Doomsday Machine this week and looks at Balance of Terror. This is simply one of the best episodes in the entire franchise. It speaks to the core of the Roddenberry ideal, that we aren’t all that different if we take the time to look past fear and prejudice. Balance of Terror also examines war from the perspective of the individuals who fight it and its impact on them. This episode is Kirk at his finest, it is Star Trek in one of it’s best hours and an all around excellent piece of science fiction - even if sound doesn’t travel through space and space warfare would not be like submarine warfare.