Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Star Trek TAS "One of Our Planets is Missing"

Series : TAS
Airdate 22nd Sept 1973
Stardate 5371.3
Writers: Marc Daniels
Season 1 Episode 3

In Star Trek's "One of Our Planets is Missing" animation, We've got a giant "planet eater" roaming the federation threatening every planet in the galaxy.

Try and imagine rising planetwide hysteria gripping millions on a doomed world. Everyone knows they're going to die, what would you do in your last minutes? Pray for the USS Enterprise (NCC 1701) good guys to speed to the rescue, right? The sheer size of the extragalactic entity is mind boggling. The enigma deepens when we learn the "intruder" is capable of spaceflight and quite hungry!

The entity alters course after digesting Alondra in the Pallas System and heads to Mantilles. All indications are the cloud is sentient.         .

The fun begins when the USS Enterprise is sucked through the clouds "insides" which bombard the ship with antimatter particles draining the shields. Captain Kirk hits back with phasers at full blast! Amazingly nothing happens. Uhura sends a Priorty One Alert warning Mantilles. Poor Scotty is at his wits end.

Spock's theory "The cloud is alive!" is hardly a surprise.
Somehow the Enterprise must find a way to stop the space creature. However with the ships shields weakening, time is running out.

Scientific analysis proves the space creature has a brain. So a plan is set in motion to use the ships sensors as a booster relay containing human imagery.

Will Spock's Vulcan Mind Meld succeed in saving the galaxy?

Live Long and Prosper, trekkers.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If he hadn't succeeded, the show would've ended there...
Imagine the panic of a world knowing it's about to be destroyed? Actually, I can imagine that.

Spacerguy said...

The huge cosmic cloud in this animated episode strikes a few key notes with V'gers cloud in Star Trek the motion picture. Perfect preamble for wonderful psychological terror in the galaxy.

The Armchair Squid said...

It's interesting that the most potent threats always seem to come from beyond the galaxy.

M Pax said...

That would be one huge plant. Would take quite the weed whacker to take it out.

Spacerguy said...

It must have been a tear jerking moment for the cosmic cloud when she realised that her main energy food source - planets - also contained millions of humanoid lifeforms.

Pat Hatt said...

Always someone there to save the day. Scotty isn't far away.

Birgit said...

The mind meld often works and Scotty always is there just in the knick of time

Spacerguy said...

The ingenuity of using antimatter villi from the cosmic cloud to fire up the dying warp engines saves the ship. Now thats Scotty for you!

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