Very good episode. Of all the times we see Kirk in danger of being killed, captured, tortured, ect., the idea of him being disgraced is the most threatening of all. Episodes like this, where the hero is wrongfully accused, always get me more worried for the character than other episodes.
STONE: I'm thinking of the service. I won't have it smeared...
KIRK: By what, Commodore Stone?
STONE: All right. By an evident perjurer who's either covering his bad judgment, his cowardice, or
KIRK: That's as far as you go, sir.
Great scene. I would've liked to see an apology from Stone at the end, since they seemed to be friends as the episode started.
SPOCK: Lieutenant, I am half Vulcanian. Vulcanians do not speculate. I speak from pure logic. If I let go of a hammer on a planet that has a positive gravity, I need not see it fall to know that it has in fact fallen.
SHAW: I do not see what that has to
SPOCK: Gentlemen, human beings have characteristics just as inanimate objects do. It is impossible for Captain Kirk to act out of panic or malice. It is not his nature.
Another great scene from Spock, showing his trust and loyalty to Kirk.
This is the first we see of the dress uniforms, which were well done. Also the first time we hear the term "starfleet".
Speaking of uniforms, I find it interesting that Stone wears red as a Commodore.
As a child, I never liked the heartbeat scene. The sound of that single heartbeat and the idea of someone hiding and creeping about alone in that empty ship always freaked me out.