Star Trek: The Animated Series

NBC (ended 1974)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 6

    The Counter-Clock Incident

    Aired 10/12/74

  • S 2 : Ep 5

    How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth

    Aired 10/5/74

  • S 2 : Ep 4


    Aired 9/28/74

  • S 2 : Ep 3

    The Practical Joker

    Aired 9/21/74

  • S 2 : Ep 2


    Aired 9/14/74

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Shatner

    Capt. James Tiberius Kirk

  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy

  • George Takei

    Klingon #1

  • Stanley Adams

    Cyrano Jones

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  • show Description
  • This is the further adventures of the Star Trek series in a half-hour animated form. This show basically continues the adventures of the original series (presumably in the fourth year of the five-year mission), but takes advantage of the unlimited special effects provided by animation to introduce more alien crewmen (the felinoid M'Ress and the tripedal Arex) as well as introduce more elaborate adventures like an underwater adventure, the miniaturization of the crew to 1 cm., and the appearance of a giant fire-breathing two-headed dragon. The show is currently not considered "canon" by Paramount and the folks associated with the various subsequent TV shows. However, elements of the animated series have been used in subsequent shows (Sarek refers to the events of "Yesteryear" in TNG's "Reunification Pt. 1") and the Enterprise-D's holodeck seems to have been in part inspired by the holodeck we see in "Practical Joker". Also, writers such as Peter David have used some elements from the animated series in the books and comics. Although produced on the cheap (note the incredibly static backgrounds, recycled animations, and the fact that James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, and Majel Barrett do about 95% of the guest voices), the script writing and concepts (mostly by writers from the original series) are generally of high quality (the show won an Emmy for best Children's Programming in '73) and the show is in many worthy of inclusion in the Trek annals.moreless

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  • Quotes (111)

    • Uhura: It's beautiful. What kind of people could have built it? To touch even a starship with grace and beauty? Kirk: A civilization that advanced 300 million years ago before life even emerged on Earth. McCoy: Barely an instant in eternity, Jim.

    • McCoy: Gives me the creeps. I feel like something's watching us. Scotty: I feel it too, Captain. Spock: A physiological symptom of latent primal superstition, the fear of primitive people confronting something unknown to them. Kirk: Compared to the beings that built this ship, we are primitive people, even you, Mr. Spock.

    • Scotty: But nothing, no form of life could survive 300 million years. Spock: Quite right, Mr. Scott. No known form of life.

    • Thelin: This change in the timeline will put you in my place, yet I'm not aggrieved. Spock: Andorians are not known for their charity. Thelin: True. A warrior race has few sympathies, but one we do possess is for family. In your time plane, you will live and so will your mother. That is valuable. Live long and prosper in your world, Commander Spock. Spock: And you in yours, Commander Thelin.

    • Sarek: My apologies, visitor. I regret you were witness to that unfortunate display of emotion on the part of my son. Spock: In the family, all is silence. No more will be said of it. Live long and prosper, Sarek of Vulcan.

    • Sarek: Spock, being Vulcan means following disciplines and philosophies that are difficult and demanding of both mind and body. Young Spock: Yes, Father. Sarek: You constantly display your emotions. You have even been seen fighting in the street. Young Spock: Yes, Father. Sarek: The time draws near when you will have to decide whether you will follow Vulcan or human philosophy. Vulcan offers much. No war, no crime. Order, logic, and control in place of raw emotions and instinct. Once on the path you choose, you cannot turn back. Young Spock: Yes, Father.

    • Young Spock: Thank you for helping me and I-Chaya. Spock: It was my duty, Spock. Young Spock: Mother says you should always say thank you. Spock: The lady Amanda is known for her graciousness. Young Spock: Do you think I'll ever be able to do that neck pinch as well as you? Spock: I dare say you will.

    • Spock: There is some human blood in my family line. It is not fatal.

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    Notes (102)

    • This episode along with "Yesteryear" was released on The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek: Volume 2 for VHS.

    • Majel Barrett is credited but her voice talents aren't employed.

    • Author Samuel Peeples scripted the first Kirk episode of Star Trek and the second pilot: "Where No Man Has Gone Before."A

    • For the first and last time we see the bridge's 360 degree security/phaser system, which promptly is used by the alien to attack the crew.

    • This episode takes advantage of the benefits of animation to replace the clunky life-support suits from the original series with force field belts. Of course, actually it was a cost-cutting measure: the artists could simply use regular shots of the crew and put a yellow light around them, instead of drawing new animation of life-support suits!

    • They couldn't get John Winston to do the voice of his character Kyle from the original series, so they got the ubiquitous James Doohan to do it.

    • Editor's note: Most official sources claim this was aired 14th, on 12/22/1973. However, I saw this episode on 9/8/1973 and the most comprehensive site I can find, Curt Danhauser's Guide confirms this. And note that Alan Dean Foster novelized BtFS first, Yesteryear second, and One of Our Planets is Missing (the second episode in "official" air order) third. All contained within Star Trek Log One. So this episode reflects the accurate airing of episodes, despite what most other sources say. According to one contributor, Jmodene, the episode did not air in the primary Los Angeles market because George Takei was running for City Councilman and his opponents demanded equal time if this episode aired, so it wasn't aired there. However, such a localized pre-emption, even when the locality is Los Angeles, should not cause such a widespread error. Furthermore, in the East NBC aired live sports coverage shortly after their "kidvid" block, which would not have been subject to the standard three-hour delay in the West as the children's line-up would have been, causing its later programs to be pre-empted on all Pacific time zone affiliates.

    • The Le-Matya's roar is the same sound effect as the roar of Toho Films' kaiju, Godzilla.

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    Trivia (117)

    • When the alien ship's bridge starts to explode, Kirk and the others are lying on the ground. When they materialize back on board the Enterprise they are standing up.

    • When the landing party beams over to the alien ship, in a number of shots the yellow force field "outline" is badly off-center, with gaps on the left or right and an overlap on the character body on the opposite side.

    • Kirk tells Sulu to use the "mutual override" to regain control of the ship. The term he should use is "manual override."

    • Arex is shown seated at the navigator position next to Sulu for the most part, but in several shots a brunette red-shirt is seated in the position instead, before the camera cuts back and Arex is there again.

    • When Kirk orders the forward scanners on to see the dead star, the viewscreen "whooshes" and slides open vertically, as if there is a shutter over it. It is not a shuttered window.

    • In one shot in the transporter room, Scotty's insignia can just be seen to be on the wrong side of his uniform.

    • In one shot in the briefing room, Spock's insignia appears on the wrong side of his uniform.

    • In one shot of the Andorian Thelin in the Enterprise's briefing room his collar is blue instead of black.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Title: Referencing the 1942 British war film One of Our Planes is Missing, which tells the tale of six British airmen who are shot down in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands and are forced to escape the country with the aid of sympathetic Dutch citizens.

    • Title Lorelei was the name of a woman who, according to legend, was transformed into a siren after her death. Her singing hypnotized those who heard it, drawing helpless sailors to their deaths.

    • Alice and the White Rabbit These characters following it are from the novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (written by Lewis Carroll). Later, McCoy is attacked by playing cards--these are from the sequel, "Through The Looking Glass". The rabbit and Alice also appeared in the Original Series episode, "Shore Leave," that first showcased the so-called shore leave planet.

    • Kirk: The Lilliputian city is to be taken to Verdanis.
      The Terratin city is referred to as lilliputian. Gulliver's Travels, written by Irish clergyman Jonathan Swift and published in 1726, is a collection of the experiences of sea captain Lemuel Gulliver. Gulliver explorered a number of fascinating places; each journey carried a measure of social commentary. One journey carried Gulliver to the land of Lilliput, whose inhabitants were just a few inches tall. The word lilliputian came into the English language from this tale; although there was more to the tale than just the small of the inhabitants.

    • Title Referencing Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In the poem a sailor kills an albatross, considered by sea men to be a sign of good fortune. The sailor is forced to wear the corpse of the bird around his neck as penance. Only suffering through immense hardship and trial does the sailor eventually find redemption and the albatross drops from his neck. Ever since the term albatross has referred to a past sin or misdeed committed by an individual that requires the individual to take some sort of personal action to correct.

    • Kirk: "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child..."
      The title of this episode comes from a line in Shakespeare's "King Lear" -- 'How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child'. Presumably, this refers to the same theme explored in "Who Mourns For Adonais?"; that humanity has outgrown the "gods", and no longer needs them, despite what they gave it in the past.

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  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • A saga that tells us plenty about post-third season adventures.

    By BaiLiHua, Apr 07, 2010

  • How did one get a Star Trek fix after the original show was cancelled and you had seen all the reruns in syndication a million times? You watched the animated version!

    By MyCritique, Dec 17, 2006

  • The forgotten series

    By M00N-CAT, Nov 20, 2006

  • To boldly go where no animated series has gone before!

    By skaizun, Oct 17, 2006

  • The Best Animated Show Of It's Time.

    By halp123, Sep 18, 2005

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