Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 7

The Infinite Vulcan

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Oct 20, 1973 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • Kirk and the crew discover a planet with intelligent plants and a mad scientist who wants to impose peace on the galaxy.

    This series was only able to hire six regular voice actors; so one of the seven regular Star Trek characters had to be left out of the show. Chekov, played by Walter Koenig, was the natural choice. He was the last of the seven to join the original show, and his part wasn't that important. But that didn't mean Koenig couldn't be part of the animated series; he served in another capacity. He was the writer for this episode. He tackles a subject matter the original series would have had difficulty bringing to life: the idea of a planet where plants have developed intelligent life. The episode moves along well and is a solid animated installment.
  • In the past, an augment from the Eugenics War landed on a planet that was populated by human like plants. While there, he became their king and wants to make peace by force across the universe. Years later, the Enterprise arrives on the planet...

    This was a fairly interesting episode. Walter Koenig, Chekov from the original series, wrote this particular episode. 'The Infinite Vulcan' starts off really good with Sulu being poisoned by a "mobile plant" that Sulu mistakes as friendly. The aliens themselves are pretty cool, but kind of hard to explain what they look like.The best part of the episode is at the end when Dr. Keniclius 5 makes a giant Spock clone. It is a pretty good story, especially since it was written by Koenig, that alone makes this worth watching. I'd rank this episode as above average of the personal enjoyment scale.
  • Why, Gene?

    Understandably, Roddenberry wanted to keep Star Trek alive in some form, but his choice of an animated, Saturday morning cartoon was just bad. Granted, some of the story lines were intriguing, and the animation allowed for a few things the limited special effects and budget of the original series could never produce. The actors\' performances are dry and lifeless, the animation itself is very poor with lots of still shots and conversations are just photos with moving lips, and the same shot may even be seen in many different episodes. I remember this from when I was a kid, but I don\'t remember it being this bad.