||Certainly dramatic in its effect. We already know that the Enterprise is the first ship out this far, and we are in uncharted territory. Then we see something strange that turns out to be threatening. Then of course there is the big, dramatic, powerful ship that fills the screen and threatens our heroes with destruction. It was probably something like this that got me hooked as a child. Bailey was seemingly written in to try to show how much tension there was while making the regulars look cool under pressure, and I suppose he did his job well enough. The curious thing was the end. Kirk's bluff seemed to be effective, but when we find out that Balok was not very threatening anyway, we wonder if he really would have destroyed the ship at all. Probably not, it was all a contrived test/defence mechanism to scare the living daylights out of people. Still, one wonders.