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Star Trek: The Animated Series

Star Trek: The Animated Series is a animated TV show set in the fictional Star Trek universe.

It was produced by Filmation and ran for two seasons 1972-1973, airing a total of twenty-two thirty-minute episodes. This show featured most of the original cast performing the voices for their characters, except for Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig[?]), who was replaced by Lieutenant Arex. Arex was a member of a tripodal species which had three arms and three legs.

While one would believe that Star Trek could take full use of the freedom that animation provided, budget restraints were still a concern, and the animation quality was poor. However, it did afford the crew a set of much more encompassing alien landscapes than could be provided by a small studio.

Noted science fiction authors such as David Gerrold[?] and Larry Niven contributed scripts for the animated series. In addition to a sequel to the famous episode The Trouble with Tribbles, two notable episodes of the cartoon include Yesteryear (a time-travel episode in which Mr. Spock uses the time gateway from the live-action episode City on the Edge of Forever[?] to travel to his own childhood past) and Niven's The Slaver Weapon (adapted from his own short story "The Soft Weapon").

It is of note that the Enterprise ship in this series, while theoretically the same ship on the live action program, had a holodeck just like was introduced on Star Trek The Next Generation.

Episode List

  • Beyond the Farthest Star
  • Yesteryear
  • One of Our Planets Is Missing
  • The Lorelei Signal
  • More Tribbles, More Troubles
  • The Survivor
  • The Infinite Vulcan
  • The Magicks of Megas-tu
  • Once Upon A Planet
  • Mudd's Passion
  • The Terratin Incident
  • The Time Trap
  • The Ambergris Element
  • The Slaver Weapon
  • The Jihad
  • The Pirates of Orion
  • Bem
  • The Practical Joker
  • Albatross
  • How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth
  • The Counter-Clock Incident

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