|"This way to the probulator!"|
Was there any paperwork with that? Did they leave him some food? Clothes? Cursory review of Clint Howard's cultural practices? No? Ok then; the Federation played fast and loose those days (It's never been called the federation yet, wonder when that became a series staple).
An aside about the updated effects: I still dislike the updated effects. The new cube-probe-thingy looks like the old cube-probe-thingy, so why do it? Clint Howard's Disco-Death-Ship is now a well defined metallic sphere, covered in yellow domes and ductwork, removing the ominous mystery of the original effect.
There's Ted Cassidy again as the voice of Balok's puppet.