Star Trek:The Animated Series has to be my second favorite series right behind the original. The messages and morals are the same to me. It is a continuation of the 5-year mission from the beginning of Star Trek: TOS. I rather liked watching its reruns as a child and perhaps it then deserves another a look by others. So, here I have the list of the Star Trek: The Animated Series episodes.
The Animated Series–What’s It All about
Star Trek: The Animated Series started in 1973. Its development was due to the pressure of devoted fans of Star Trek: The Original Series wanting the hit show resurrected and because the its success in syndication. For a half-hour on Saturday morning, this cartoon show was Star Trek’s newest evolution. It lasted two seasons and produced 22 episodes running from September 1973 to October 1974. Those 22 seasons would be represented in novel form by Alan Dean Foster as a work of ten volumes of three episodes per book in the “Star Trek Logs.” Some of its episodes were continuations to previous Star Trek: The Original Series episodes. “Yesteryear” comes to mind and it was linked to the guardian portal in “The City On The Edge Of Forever.” And there are several more examples. You may want to watch the series and see if you can spot them.
Warmly received by even some critics, Star Trek: The Animated Series won an Emmy Award that year-the first for Star Trek. The Enterprise still continued its five-year voyage throughout space…but as animations.
Cast Of Characters: Different Show, Same Actors
Even though, this Star Trek was an animated series, the original cast made up the characters with a few exceptions. First, Chekhov was replaced by two new characters. Lt. Arex from the Edosian race which has three arms and three legs and Lt. M’Ress who was a Caitain woman, feline like race. Walter Koenig would not reprise his role, but did write the episode for the series “The Infinite Vulcan.” Others like James T. Kirk played by William Shatner, Mr. Spock played by Leonard Nimoy, Leonard McCoy, now a Commander, played by DeForest Kelly, Lt. Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Sulu played by George Takei, and Nurse Chapel, now a lieutenant was played by Majel Barrett rounded out the normal cast. Majel “Barrett would also portray Lt. M’Ress. James Doohan reprises Scottie and also voiced Lt. Arex.
Nichelle Nichols and George Takei were not scheduled to voice their characters on the animated series, but Leonard Nimoy confronted the producers and would not participate in the animated series without Nichols and Takei believing Star Trek’s platform of diversity should still be adhered. Nichelle Nichols would go on to portray other characters on the show and so did Majel Barrett and James Doohan.
Guest stars from Star Trek: The Original Series lent their time to the animated series as well. Sarek was played by Mark Lenard and Stanley Adams returned as Cyrano Jones and who could forget Hancourt Fenton Mudd voiced by Roger C. Carmel. These actors also returned in their recurring their roles. We cannot forget him seeing as the character will crop up again in Star Trek: Discovery ever so briefly, I hear.
So this is the line-up for Star Trek: The Animated Series. Basically, the same actors on a different show.
The Writers: Some of Science Fiction’s Best
Star Trek: The Animated Series had a few well-known science fiction writers contributing to its storylines. No wonder, this series is still talked about lovingly in most Star Trek circles. The plot was rich with story elements we were accustomed to seeing on Star Trek: The Original Series. One of those reasons was the writing. Three writes of significant importance pop into my head:
1. David Gerrold who wrote “The Trouble With Tribbles” in the original series wrote “More Tribbles, More Trouble.” You can imagine what that story was about. He also wrote “Bem”, a second season episode about Kirk captured by primitive people on a planet. It is the first time James T. Kirk’s full middle name was used-Tiberius. Supposedly, it references one of the first four Roman emperors from which Gerrold was inspired by the work, I, Claudius. And as it happens, Tiberius was considered one of the greatest Roman generals and gained the title emperor which he did not want.
He may have assisted with the TV series “The Land of the Lost” without being credit. He penned the work, “The Man Who Folded Himself.”
2. D.C. Fontana is another name that keeps coming up. She wrote for Star Trek” The Original Series and the Next Generation. A little mention of her work would be “The Journey to Babel” and “Fridays’s Child,” “The Way to Eden” and “That Which Survives.” In the animated series, Fontana wrote “Yesteryear.”
Other series Fontana wrote for were “The Land of the Lost,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Kung Fu,” and “Bonanza.” She wrote across the board when it came to genres.
3. The genius in behind the 1970 Ringworld novel-an excellent read- wrote Star Trek’s animated series “The Slaver Weapon”-his name was Larry Niven. He wrote it without the main star of Star Trek, Captain Kirk.
Larry Niven wrote for the TV series, “The Outer Limits” and “The Land of the Lost.”
The List Is…
So, without further ado, here is the list of the Star Trek” The Animated Series Episodes.
Star Trek: The Animated Series
Beyond The Farthest Star
One Of Our Planets Is Missing
The Lorelei Signal
More Tribbles, More Troubles
The Infinte Vulcan
The Magicks of Megas-tu
Once Upon A Planet
The Terratin Incident
The Time Trap
The Slaver Weapon
The Eye of the Beholder
The Pirates of Orion
The Practical Joker
How Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth
The Counter Clock Incident
Not A Bad Series…Huh?
All the episodes are great. You may want to check out a few notables. Maybe my top five episodes would be “More Tribbles, More Troubles,” “The Counter Clock Incident,” “The Lorelei Signal,” where Lt. Uhura takes command of the bridge, “The Survivor,” and “Once Upon A Planet.” All the episodes drive home poignant messages of some kind and are a la Star Trek: The Origianl Series. Same morals, same message, different series. So if you like Star Trek and you like Star Trek: The Original Series, the animated version could be for you.