Star Trek: The Animated Series

Reviews for The Animated Series were written retrospectively in 2023. Note: All reviews contain spoilers.

Content Listing

Season 1 (1973-1974)

  • Introduction — A preface about the long road in getting around to writing reviews for this series, and some commentary on the series overall.
  • 9/8/1973. Beyond the Farthest Star 2 stars. — The Enterprise discovers an ancient, abandoned starship orbiting a dead star, which carries a threatening presence.
  • 9/15/1973. Yesteryear 3.5 stars. — Spock travels back in time to prevent his own death as a child on Vulcan.
  • 9/22/1973. One of Our Planets Is Missing 3 stars. — The Enterprise must intervene when a mysterious cloud that consumes entire planets threatens a Federation colony.
  • 9/29/1973. The Lorelei Signal 1.5 stars. — The men aboard the Enterprise are drawn to a planet by the alluring song being transmitted by its female inhabitants.
  • 10/6/1973. More Tribbles, More Troubles 2.5 stars. — The Enterprise takes on a familiar passenger and faces off against an old foe while dealing with a new batch of troublesome tribbles.
  • 10/13/1973. The Survivor 3 stars. — The Enterprise crew rescues a human survivor who has been missing for five years, but they soon realize he might not be who he seems.
  • 10/20/1973. The Infinite Vulcan 2 stars. — A landing party visits a planet of sentient plant-based lifeforms who show a particular interest in Spock.
  • 10/27/1973. The Magicks of Megas-Tu 1 star. — The Enterprise travels to the center of the galaxy, where they find the known laws of reality no longer apply and are instead governed by magical beings.
  • 11/3/1973. Once Upon a Planet 2 stars. — The computerized system in control of a vacation world's fantasy environment decides to hold Uhura prisoner in an attempt to change its fundamental purpose.
  • 11/10/1973. Mudd's Passion 2 stars. — Con man Harry Mudd, facing arrest from Kirk for a litany of Federation violations, makes an unexpected offer of a love potion to Nurse Chapel.
  • 11/17/1973. The Terratin Incident 3 stars. — While investigating a distress call, the Enterprise is enveloped by an energy beam that causes the entire crew to shrink.
  • 11/24/1973. The Time Trap 3 stars. — During a confrontation with the Klingons, the Enterprise becomes trapped in an area of space known for numerous ship disappearances, where they encounter a mysterious society.
  • 12/1/1973. The Ambergris Element 2 stars. — While studying an alien world with an underwater society that distrusts surface dwellers, Kirk and Spock are physiologically transformed so they can only breathe underwater.
  • 12/15/1973. The Slaver Weapon 3 stars. — Spock, Sulu, and Uhura discover an ancient weapon from a long-dead society that is coveted by alien pirates who want to unlock its secrets.
  • 1/5/1974. The Eye of the Beholder 2 stars. — The Enterprise investigates the disappearance of a science team on a mysterious world.
  • 1/12/1974. The Jihad 2.5 stars. — Kirk and Spock are recruited into a secret mission to recover a religious artifact from a volatile planet in order to prevent a catastrophic holy war.

Season 2 (1974)

  • 9/7/1974. The Pirates of Orion 3 stars. — When Spock is afflicted with a life-threatening illness, the Enterprise must engage Orion pirates who have stolen a shipment containing the rare drug needed to save Spock's life.
  • 9/14/1974. Bem 2.5 stars. — The Enterprise takes on an independent observer from an alien world, who insists on accompanying the landing party on a research mission of a primitive alien civilization.
  • 9/21/1974. The Practical Joker 1.5 stars. — When the Enterprise passes through an energy cloud, the computer begins malfunctioning and pulling practical jokes upon the crew.
  • 9/28/1974. Albatross 2.5 stars. — McCoy is arrested by an alien government and accused of causing a deadly plague during a visit nearly two decades earlier.
  • 10/5/1974. How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth 2.5 stars. — The Enterprise follows a probe of unknown origin into deep space, where they find an alien entity with mysterious ties to ancient Earth civilization.
  • 10/12/1974. The Counter-Clock Incident 3.5 stars. — An alien ship pulls the Enterprise into a supernova, transporting the ship to an alternate universe where time runs backward.

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