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    A saga that tells us plenty about post-third season adventures.

    By BaiLiHua, Apr 07, 2010

    There could - and should - have been more to this short-lived animated saga. It was full of classic Star Trek moments, including exotic alien adventures and rich camaraderie among the crew. It was genuinely funny, clever, and colorful. The animation, mind you, was really disjointed but enjoyable nevertheless. It just has a rich, classic Star Trek feel that every Trekkie should experience after the third season of the Original Series. Some Trekkies consider this series non-canon but as it was composed by many of the original writers and directors, including D.C. Fontana ("This Side of Paradise", "The Enterprise Incident"), Marc Daniels ("By Any Other Name", "I, Mudd"), and David Gerrold ("The Trouble With Tribbles"). Gene Roddenberry said he regretted certain moments in the Animated Series but he also claimed at one point that whatever appears on screen can be considered canon among us Trekkies. I believe in the latter statement ... even for the worst Trek. And this, my fellow Trekkies, is far away from the worst Star Trek. Indeed, I believe everyone should watch, enjoy, and remember.moreless

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  • 8.5

    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

    Saturday mornings at 10:00 am on NBC 1973 - 1974. That's when and where this show appeared. And at the time being in junior high, I was right there watching this, and the show's theme music still resonates in my head as a fitting nod to the original's theme. I remember hoping that the show would capture the same spirit as the original live action series. And with almost all of the original cast returning to do the voices, as well as many of the original writers returning to contribute stories, it did indeed capture the spririt, albeit as much as it could given its mere 22 minute running time in a 1/2 hour timeslot. Some of the stories were a bit uneven and rushed, but the strict running times forced some compromises, and it was miraculous that episode after episode, a short story was made even shorter, to use for this series. Still, it was great to see some sequel nods to the original series including more about the tribbles, Harry Mudd, and even the Guardian of Forever. The show also dared to tread on ground that the original could not (e.g., McCoy's backstory or a revamped rec deck that looks and works eerily like the TNG holodeck or even the younger and older versions of the legendary Captain Robert April, a Roddenberry nod to the fans). It's a shame that despite originally being given a shoestring budget, even that was taken away, essentially ending the show at 22 episodes. It aired during the traditional children's cartoon time, yet had nothing cartoon or childish about it (other than the young Spock in Yesteryear). Interestingly, the children's hours were often sprinkled with animated shows that were really more geared to young adults or adults (e.g., Fantastic Voyage or Jonny Quest). But because of the animation, they were never considered for primetime (an aberration from past practices when shows like The Jetsons or The Flintstones were on at primetime or from the current, when shows like Family Guy or The Simpsons grace primetime).

    Still, its legacy lived on, and thanks to Nickeodeon in the mid-'80s & Sci Fi Channel just after, the show got a re-aring allowing a new generation who had never known that the show even existed, to experience it. I even managed to tape them all at that time and it was great to see them all again after the show had been off the air for well over 10 years.

    Kudos that finally, after alot of hassle and endless delays (some of it rights-related), the DVD set of this series is here, closing out the final chapter of ALL 6 Star Trek series available on DVD. It has been a saga to get to this point and I will probably get it, if anything to hear some of the commentary that might be included.moreless

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  • 8.4

    The forgotten series

    By M00N-CAT, Nov 20, 2006

    In between the time of the original Star Trek series' cancellation by NBC and Star Trek: The Motion Picture's release date, Star Trek was growing in popular at a fast pace. One can assume the purpose of this show's existence was to cash in on Star Trek's popularity. Well maybe that's why NBC ran it, but the people behind appreciated the Original Series and it showed. This series had some interesting stories, but suffered a major setback from day one. Being animated and aimed at little children, this series wasn't able to do the kind of stories the Original Series and the following series were able to. The show was not cheaply done. Animation was excellent, with all the characters looking like the actors themselves. The series probably could have succeeded in prime time. Catch the reruns where ever you can.moreless

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  • 8.9

    The Best Animated Show Of It's Time.

    By halp123, Sep 18, 2005

    Star Trek: The Animated Series has got to be some of the best Star Trek ever. Most of the stories were outstanding and the animation was great for it’s time. I think that most people did not give the animated series a chance. I just loved the Counter-Clock Incident where everyone on the ship grows younger. Another one of my favorites is The Time Trap; this story gives us the Delta Triangle, the galaxy’s version of the Bermuda Triangle. The crews are sucked into the Delta Triangle along with a Klingon ship and have to work together to get out. These are just a couple of examples of the great stories that the animated series put out. Another thing is that even though they had a small budget to get the show done they could provide us the viewer with more aliens and more alien crewmembers then ever before. Examples of this are Lt. Arex, the Mayan god Kukulkan, and the god and satyr-like creatures of Megus-Tu. To bring all this to a close in my opinion this is just a great show.moreless

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  • 9.9

    Star Trek Animated could boldly go where the original series could often not go. It was able to show more exotic aliens, spaceships, and planetscapes then possible in live action. It broke new ground,it won an Emmy Award and left a lasting impression on t

    By cathytreks, Aug 23, 2005

    Sometimes called as TOS-A, Star Trek The Animated series debuted on NBC, Sat. Sept. 8, 1973 and ran for two seasons. It featured the original series cast returning to reprise their roles, as well as many of the original series writers, and guest stars. In addition, it was executive produced by Gene Roddenberry, and produced by D.C. Fontana, who has been with Star Trek from it's very beginnings. Being animated, the series could boldly go where the original series could not. It was able to show more exotic aliens, spaceships, and planetscapes then possible in live action. It broke new ground, won an Emmy, and left a lasting impression on the Star Trek universe. It also kept Star Trek alive in it's lean years, between the original series and the movies, I'm rating it a solid **** out of 5 stars for the care and effort that went into this sometime wrongly overlooked & forgotten entry in the Star Trek series.moreless

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  • 8.8

    Star Trek The Animated series followed

    the adventures of James T. Kirk and

    Enterprise crew as they boldly explore

    strange new worlds ,and go into the past

    and future in many new adventures.

    By marvelfan89, Aug 22, 2005

    Truly great cartoon series, this was essentially the classic original series in a cartoon setting. By this time, the original thanks to Desilu Productions had enjoyed a comeback on tv. The original series, despite being cancelled by

    NBC was now becoming a cult phenomenom.

    The cartoon series even featured the original

    voices of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and the whole cast. The episods are top notch and animation is superb. It actually does outshine the original, because lets face facts: The original had mediocred special effect and had a small meager budget compared to the movies.

    But the cartoon itself had bigger budget, more stories , and was a mature level for both kids and adults. A couple of great eps are "Eye of the Beholder", "Pirates of Orion" and "Magic Megas Tu". "Yesteryear" was truly an informative

    episode as we see Spock's background and

    how he grew up with part of his Vulcan


    This is a great series that truly needs

    to be rewatched again.


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