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Old September 13 2012, 10:40 AM   #9
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Re: Stiles in Balance of Terror

Stiles's reactions are in part related to deleted dialog from the episode (see this article on Orion Press for the full details)

INSERT - SHIP'S VIEWING SCREEN

The attacking vessel can now be seen definitely to be some modified version of a starship saucer main section...........
HANSON'S VOICE
You see it, Enterprise?! Starship
design. Warn Earth...

(STATIC CRACKLE)
... espionage, stolen our designs... traitors...
Then later, before the reveal of the Romulans, Kirk and Stiles' exchange in the script is:

STILES
(interrupting)
... and in a vessel remarkably similar
to ours
. The Outpost Commander
mentioned "espionage."
Add to that
the fact it was a sneak attack...

KIRK
Are you questioning my orders,
Mister Stiles?

STILES
Negative, sir. I'm pointing out that
we don't even know what the
Romulans look like, maybe just like
us.
We could have Romulans aboard
our own ship.
So, by the time they SEE the Romulans, Stiles has already had suspicions of Romulan spies, and lo and behold, Spock looks just like one.
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