Airdate 22nd Sept 1973
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.