Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Star Trek TAS "Beyond the Farthest Star"

Stardate 5521.3 In this first episode of Star Trek TAS "Beyond the Farthest Star" the USS Enterprise 1701 is dragged off course by the negative gravity of a black hole. Black holes are by their very nature, mysterious and Questar M17 is no different. Along the way our heroes discover a wrecked alien spaceship which is over 300 million years old. It makes the Enterprise look tiny. To shed light on their mysterious discovery, the Enterprise boarding party beams over with their "life support belts" switched onto maximum shields which is pretty cool.



Upon investigation, a search reveals no-ones aboard. Spock analysis indicates the dead crew of an insectile race of engineers destroyed themselves but the question is why? Now for the fun bit. Yes, theres an alien life form and its still alive even after all this time!


"You will obey me!"


When the creature beams back to the USS Enterprise 1701 it invades the main computer (much like V'ger did in Star Trek TMP) pushing the bridge crew to the edge. The mind twister here is how to get the alien entity off the Enterprise! Time for a little Captain Trickery to level the score? You decide.

Who said "Its a starship, nothing I've ever seen, look at the size of it!!!"




If haven't seen Star Trek TAS before then you'll likely be taken in by the shows detailed visual imagery. The series won a daytime Emmy award for "Best Children's Series" in 1975.

Slingshot long and prosper, trekkers.





10 comments:

Maurice Mitchell said...

The episode is familiar, but has a lot of really powerful parts. Especially the end. It's no surprise it won a daytime Emmy award for "Best Children's Series." Maybe a remake is in order!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Shame it won - and then was cancelled. I don't remember this episode as well. Funny how the later movies took ideas from the animated series.

The Armchair Squid said...

Life support belts - didn't occur to me that was a new idea. It is very cool.

Thanks for joining us, Spacerguy!

Birgit said...

I don't remember this episode but the brief view of the animation brought back memories-how they moved and how they were attacked. I am glad they won an Emmy at least for the animated show. Some of this seems to have stayed with Roddenberry so he could do the 1st film

Spacerguy said...

Some of the stories were sequels to episodes from the original series which is another great reason to watch TAS.

Susan Kane said...

Life support belts? Why haven't these been used before??

The Armchair Squid said...

I hope they will, too. Thanks for helping to spread the word.

Spacerguy said...

Great question Susan, in Star Trek TAS life support belts saved the artists from having to redraw the characters in spacesuits.

Spacerguy said...

Star Trek is a mixed bag of surprises Maurice, Memory Alpha states Star Trek has won 34 Emmy awards out of 155.

Totally Alex, I wouldn't be at all surprised to discover TAS plot elements reworked and in other Star Trek spin offs.

Spacerguy said...

Your welcome Armchair Squid. It is only fitting we honor Leonard Nimoy's life with perfect moments like these.

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