Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 12

The Time Trap

4
Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Nov 24, 1973 on NBC
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The Time Trap
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The Enterprise and a Klingon ship must join forces to escape from a pocket universe that has been trapping starships for centuries.

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  • The Enterprise is trapped in the intergalactic equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle and must work with the Klingons to escape.

    8.0
    The idea of the Enterprise being trapped in the Bermuda Triangle of space is a weak concept, but there are plenty of interesting bits to keep the episode… well, interesting. As the momentum builds, it's fun to see the different factions – the Enterprise crew, the Klingon crew, and the other aliens, all working with and against each other in different ways. It's like watching a juggler with a lot of balls in the air and wondering where they're going to land. And even if you can guess how everything is going to turn out, the setup is so good, it's still fun to see the end unfold.moreless
  • The Enteprise and the Klingon Ship the Klothos are sent to an alternate universe populated by a variety of species who have pledge never to fight and would punish those who domoreless

    8.0
    What makes this episode so interesting is that we see the return of Kor, the Klingon from the original series episode "Errand of Mercy". Unfortunately, he is voiced by James Doohan and not the actor who portrayed him in the television episode. To make matters worse, the he doesn't really look much like Kor. And another flaw is that this story is very similar to the Trek episode "Errand of Mercy" since once again they are not allowed to fight each other. With all of these flaws, it does have some good points. One of them being that they brought back my favorite Klingon Kor! Another being that the Klothos in this episode is mentioned in an episode of DS9. Overall, a good episode that would have been better if it wasn't so familiar.moreless
George Takei

George Takei

Commander Kuri/Klingon #1

Guest Star

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Devna/Magen

Guest Star

James Doohan

James Doohan

Captain Kor/Gabler/Bell/Xerius

Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei

Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Recurring Role

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Lt. Uhura

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Nurse Christine Chapel / Lt. M'Ress

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • For some reason when Scotty is on the bridge briefing Kirk and Spock on the engines, nobody else is on the bridge. Given they're in a potentially hostile situation with time running out for them to analyze the situation and respond to it, why would the entire bridge crew leave, regardless of the shift.

    • Trivia: The Elysian Council appears to be made up of; Xerius (a Romulan), Devna (an Orion), a Klingon, a Kzinti-like creature but somewhat chubbier (see "Slaver Weapon"), an Andorian, an antlike creature, a plant creature (similar to the Phylosians in "The Infinite Vulcan"), an Aquan (perhaps from the planet in "The Ambergris Element"), a Vulcan, a Tellarite, a Human in an old-style Federation uniform, and a Gorn.

    • Kirk refers to the stardate as "52.2". Later he refers to it (correctly) as "5267.2" - they left out the "67" in the earlier reference.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Kirk: But we are in the Delta Triangle.
      Commander Kuri: I do not accept this.
      Kirk: Frankly, Commander, what you accept is of little importance to me. Enterprise out.

    • Kirk: Got any miracles in your computer, Spock?
      Spock: Impossible to predict, Captain.
      Kirk: I don't want a prediction.

    • Kaz: Your willingness to work with your old enemy Kirk. It is not like you, Commander. What do you really have in mind?
      Kor: You do know me, Kaz. Very well. What would you think of the Enterprise suddenly disintegrated after our duel ship had pierced the time continuum.
      Kaz: I would think my commander had maneuvered brilliantly.

    • McCoy: Jim, I'm worried about Spock. He's just not acting normal.
      Kirk: He's under a lot of pressure, Bones.
      McCoy: I know that. But I've never known Spock to act like a pal under any circumstances. Least of all toward Klingons.

    • Xerius: You will fail.
      Kirk: We must try, Xerius. Elysia is, in many respects, a perfect society. But with all its virtues, it is not home. And home with all its faults... is where we prefer to be.

  • NOTES (3)

    • In the November 1998 episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Once More Unto the Breach", Kor mentioned that he served aboard the Klothos, a D-5-class battle cruiser sometime when the Klingons were still the adversaries of the Federation. Kor, of course, commanded the Klothos in the animated episode "The Time Trap." This is a direct tie-in, which makes the animated series that much more canon.

    • Coincidentally or not, this episode bears a strong resemblence to the August '72 Gold Key issue #15 of Star Trek.

    • James Doohan reprises the role of Kor from original actor John Colicos from the episode "Errand of Mercy". The character himself bears little resemblence to the Kor we saw in that episode although the implication is they are one and the same.

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