Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 8

The Magicks of Megas-Tu

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Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Oct 27, 1973 on NBC
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The Enterprise goes to the center of the galaxy, where they find a race of powerful aliens who once fled Earth.

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  • The Enterprise discovers a dimension where magical abilities exist and encounter a pan-like being named Lucien.

    6.0
    This may sound familiar: the Enterprise visits the center of the galaxy and discovers an alien with God-like powers. Sounds like Star Trek V, doesn't it? The Enterprise here even endures the same wild ride as in the feature film as the ship approaches the calm "eye of the hurricane" center. That said, this episode is actually closer to the original series episode "Who Mourns for Adonais" than anything else. It's a middle of the road animated episode; there are better and there are worse. Like Apollo, Lucien is probably one of the more memorable guest stars, but he can also be a little annoying.moreless
  • While investigating the big bang theory, the Enterprise arrives at a planet with people who Earth's history knows very well.

    10
    I really did love this episode. This is a very interesting, and very controversial, episode for sure. The crew goes to a planet and are greated by Lucien. Yes, you guessed, on Earth he is known as Lucifer. In this story, it is told that Lucifer and the witches burned during the Salem Witch Trials were actually from another planet who visited Earth. They also say that the pentagram is a symbol from their planet that, when step on, can cause magic to happen. As I said, a very interesting and a very controversial episode. I really loved it. The crew of the Enterprise are put on trial at the end of the episode and it is very similar to what Q did on the first episode of TNG.moreless
George Takei

George Takei

Megan

Guest Star

James Doohan

James Doohan

Lucien

Guest Star

Ed Bishop

Ed Bishop

Megan Prosecutor

Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei

Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Recurring Role

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Lt. Uhura

Recurring Role

James Doohan

James Doohan

Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott / Lt. Arex

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The episode perpetuates the commonly held belief that witches were burned in Salem. No witches were burned in Salem or anywhere else in the U.S., although some were burned at the stake in Europe.

    • In this episode the Enterprise explores the center of the galaxy. In Star Trek V - The Final Frontier Kirk claims that no vessel or probe sent into the center of the galaxy has ever returned. (Note however that the Trek producers don't consider the animated series canon.)

    • The beginning stardate of this episode is 1254.4, which would have it set even before Star Trek's second pilot episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" at 1312.4. In the latter, Uhura and McCoy weren't yet serving onboard the Enterprise and Sulu was the ship's physicist, and as a science officer, was wearing a blue uniform at the time.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Spock: An incredible experience, Captain. I find this scientifically fascinating.
      McCoy: At least I have the good sense to be scared, Jim.

    • Lucien: Ah, humans. Lovely, primitive humans. Can't you do anything right?

    • Lucien: This isn't easy, you know. Holding us together like this, it's not even natural.
      McCoy: Being in one place is very natural where we come from.
      Spock: I find this all quite absorbing, Doctor.
      McCoy: Probably because you're not very natural to begin with, Spock.

    • Spock: Lucien, you alone of all those here do not seem to fear or hate humans. Why?
      Lucien: They are like me. With questions to be answered, with minds that range outwards, boundless. But every Megan is always alone in his sphere of knowledge. Humans are always together. They share. That is why I adopted your ship when I saw it arrive.

    • McCoy: You think Lucien really was the demon some men call Lucifer?
      Kirk: Does it really matter, Bones?
      Spock: It just might, Captain. If he was, this would be the second time Lucifer was cast out. And thanks to you, the first time he was saved.

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