In this episode of Trekking Through Compliance, we consider the episode The Menagerie (Part One) which aired on November 17, 1966, Star Date 3012.4.

Story Synopsis

This episode and the sequel are derived from the original pilot for the Star Trek series, The Cage. The Enterprise diverts to Starbase 11 after Spock reports receiving a sub-space message from former Captain of the Enterprise Christopher Pike. However, the Commodore on the Starbase tells them that Pike has been injured from exposure to delta rays  and could not have sent the message. This is confirmed as Pike is confined to a wheelchair which is operated by brain waves. The only communication of which Pike is still capable is signaling yes or no. Pike refuses to speak to Bones or Kirk but agrees to speak to Spock in private.

Spock, who had served under Pike for 11 years, 4 months, and 5 days, prepares to mutiny in order to take Pike to Talos 4, despite Pike’s protests. Meanwhile, an investigation of the tapes reveals that Spock received no transmission, but Kirk refuses to believe it possible that Spock could have been responsible for a deception. Spock nerve pinches Chief Humboldt at the computer center and sends the Enterprise bogus instructions using tapes he has made of Kirk’s voice. Another technician discovers Spock cross-circuiting the communications panel and attempts to stop him, but is nerve pinched for his efforts. Spock informs Mr. Hansen that the coded transmissions he has sent will navigate the ship automatically. McCoy is tricked into returning to the Enterprise by a request for medical assistance. Spock then transports himself and Pike aboard.

The Enterprise warps out of orbit towards Talos 4. Kirk and Mendez pursue Spock and the Enterprise Spock stops the Enterprise and beams aboard Kirk and Mendez. Spock then informs them that has set up the ship’s computer so that it cannot be disengaged without terminating life support systems until the Enterprise reaches Talos 4.

Spock is then put on trial. Not only is mutiny a court martial offense but visiting Talos 4 is an offense punishable by death. The hearing proceeds because Pike is still listed as on active duty, so three command officers are present as required by regulations. During the hearing, Spock introduces a recording of the experiences of the original crew of the Enterprise on Talos 4 as evidence.

The tape recounts how 13 years previously the Enterprise, commanded by Pike, received a distress signal from the survey vessel Columbia, lost 18 years earlier. Unbeknownst to the landing party, their actions are being monitored by native Talosians. The doctor notices that the condition of the survivors is better than could be reasonably expected and becomes suspicious. Before he can find out what is going on, Vena leads Pike into a Talosian trap. As soon as Pike is drugged and captured by the Talosians, the survivors, who were illusionary, vanish. In a desperate attempt to rescue Pike, the landing party tries to blast through the rock into which Pike was spirited away, but their phasers have no effect.

At this juncture, Uhura reports that the Enterprise has been receiving transmissions from Talos 4 and Kirk is relieved from duty by order of the Starfleet Command Consul.

 Fun Fact

Robert Justman convinced Roddenberry to write a two-part episode utilizing the first pilot because they ran out of scripts in the middle of the first season and had to shut down production otherwise.

Compliance Takeaways:

  1. A leader must take care of themselves as well as their crew.
  2. What does it mean if a deal is too good to be true?
  3. Trust but verify.


Excruciatingly Detailed Plot Summary by Eric W. Weisstein for The Menagerie (Part One) Menagerie (Parts 1 & 2)

Richard Lummis and I are back and we head in a different direction today. This episode begins a three-part podcast series where consider the two principals from a titanic struggle in the early 1950s. It was between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur. In today’s Part 3, we consider some of the leadership lessons from Truman’s decision to and sacking of MacArthur.
Some of the issues posed include:
·     Was the sacking inevitable?
·     How much control must you have on subordinate? How much should you have?
·     MacArthur said he wanted to save live; Truman wanted to end the war. Were these mutually exclusive bargaining positions?
·     Was MacArthur subordinate when he sabotaged Truman’s attempt at a cease fire?
·     What would you have done?
·     What should a leader do in the face of criticism like the Benning letter?
Additional resources
Lisa Fine and Mary Shirley are the proud co-hosts of Great Women in Compliance. They bring to you some of the top female compliance practitioners who relate some of the challenges they have faced and overcome in the compliance profession. In this episode, Mary visits with Courtney Sander about current trends and best practices in Compliance training, what it means to operationalize your program and how younger leaders can gain credibility with key stakeholders.
Great Women is Compliance is a part of the Compliance Podcast Network and can be found on Spotify, iTunes, the FCPA Compliance Report and Corporate Compliance Insights.

Compliance into the Weeds is the only weekly podcast which takes a deep dive into a compliance related topic, literally going into the weeds to more fully explore a subject. In this episode, Matt Kelly (the coolest guy in compliance) and I take a deep dive into Robotic Process Automation.

Some of the highlights include:

  • What is robotic process automation (RPA)?
  • How does it differ from AI?
  • How could a compliance professional use RPA?
  • Why is does it pose unique risks to a corporate compliance function?

For additional reading see Matt’s blog post Thoughts on RPA, Compliance and You

In this episode of Trekking Through Compliance, we consider the episode The Corbomite Maneuver which aired on November 10, 1966, Star Date 1512.2.

Story Synopsis

On the third day of star-mapping, the Enterprise discovers a giant multi-colored spinning cube. McCoy, who is giving Kirk his quarterly medical examination, fails to inform Kirk about the crisis. As a result of the exam, Kirk’s diet is restricted to salad, much to his chagrin. The cube has an unknown propulsion system which prompts Scotty to admit that it “beats me what makes it go.” As the Enterprise tries to maneuver away from the cube, the cube begins emitting deadly radiation and Kirk is forced to destroy it.

Responding to the destruction of what turns out to have been a warning buoy, a mile-diameter spherical flagship known as the Fesarius rushes to the scene. It is piloted by Balok and belongs to the First Federation. Balok threatens to destroy the Enterprise for violating First Federation space and destroying the warning buoy. Balok gives the crew of the Enterprise 10 minutes to consult with their deity before they are destroyed. Prompted by uncharacteristic curiosity, Spock is able to obtain a visual image of the imposing Balok using the ship’s monitor during this waiting period.

Kirk saves the day by pretending that the Enterprise is equipped with a secret “corbomite device” capable of destroying any vessel which attacks it. Balok then offers to spare the crew of the Enterprise by towing it to a First Federation planet, interning the crew there, and only then destroying the Enterprise. However, Kirk waits for the tow ship to expend its power, then pulls away, crippling the power systems of the tow ship.

Kirk, McCoy, and Dave Bailey transport to the main ship Fesarius to render assistance. Here, they meet Balok, the pilot of the ship, who greets them and offers them “tranya” to drink. Kirk and company find that the image of Balok they had glimpsed was a phony puppet and that Balok is actually an unintimidating midget. It turns out that Balok did not trust the information he gleaned from his scan of the Enterprise’s data banks and was simply testing the Earth men to see what their true intentions were. Bailey, who had panicked during the crisis on the bridge of the Enterprise, remains on the Fesarius to exchange cultures with Balok.

Fun Fact

Six year old (at the time of filming) guest star Clint Howard is the younger brother of former child actor and now director Ron Howard.

Compliance Takeaways:

  1. Never pass up the chance for a cross-cultural exchange.
  2. Should discipline have a remedial component or be simply punitive?
  3. How much stress can you or should you put on your employees?


Excruciatingly Detailed Plot Summary by Eric W. Weisstein for The Corbomite Maneuver Corbomite Maneuver