Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 3

The Practical Joker

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Sep 21, 1974 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • After passing through a strange space cloud, the Enterprise's computer gains an artificial intelligence that is relentlessly bent on making practical jokes on the crew.

    This childish episode has lots of slapstick humor, but overall it comes off as immature. (Though I'll give the writer points for coming up with the phrase "Kirk is a jerk," which ends up on the back of Kirk's shirt.

    The episode is most memorable for introducing the "rec room" which Trek fans will immediately recognize as being the same as Star Trek: The Next Generations' holodeck. (In fact, this episode gives birth to the story idea of "the holodeck adventure gone wrong" which would be beaten to death in later incarnations of Trek.)

    This is the sort of episode you'd fear from an animated series; one that's for the kiddies. But it could be worse.
  • Passing through a strange cloud causes the Enterprise to have a mind of it's own, and it isn't friendly

    This is another really good episode of the animated series. There are jokes that the ship plays on the crew that is really funny to watch happen. What makes this episode possibably the most interesting episode of them all is the fact that we see the first holodeck ever in Trek history. Instead of it being called the holodeck, on this episode, it is called the Rec Room. Overall, this is a must see episode just for the fact of the holodeck. It is also really fun to watch all of the pranks on the crew of the Enterprise. Even Spock falls for some of the tricks!