It could have been a pilot or a tv movie. I think it aired on broadcast tv mid to late 90s. The main plot point I remember (It has been a while so some may be a bit off):

  • Starts with Military Ball, Jr officer approaches Lady, who turns out to be his commanding officer.
  • All hands on deck, heading to space battle far away.
  • All humans (no aliens).
  • Ship breaks down en-route to battle.
  • Engineer goes inside giant horizontal cylinder engine cavity.
  • One of the crew turns on the engine. Engineer gets fried.
  • Space Trial! Vote by dropping black or white marble into a vase.
  • One lady is not shy about which marble goes in the vase.
  • All black marbles, saboteur dumped out the airlock.
  • Engine fixed, head back to giant space battle.
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    I'm not convinced these are duplicate. Sure the answers are the same, but things we remembered about it were radically different. I didn't recognize it from his description. To be fair, we both remembered it rather differently than it actually was...
    – Stephen
    Sep 28 '17 at 21:20

This is the 1996 hit film "Star Command".

The scene with the marbles is here

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    For the record, this film is garbage. Instead of watching this, I'd suggest you spend your hour and a half learning conversational Japanese, tidying out your garage or learning to cook the perfect omelette.
    – Valorum
    Sep 20 '17 at 22:09
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    One might think you'd taken a few too many of these "hits"... Sep 21 '17 at 1:30
  • @jeffronicus - Sarcasm is the only thing that eases the pain
    – Valorum
    Sep 21 '17 at 6:04
  • Yep, those are the marbles. I'm glad I found them. The synopsis/review on IMDB suggests I got quiet a few of those plot points wrong. I'm thinking I'll need to watch it to see how fallible my memory is.
    – Stephen
    Sep 21 '17 at 16:18

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