Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Star Trek TAS "Yesteryear"

Airdate: 15th Sept 1973
 Stardate: 5373.4
 Writers: Dorothy C. Fontana
 Season 1 episode 2

In Star Trek TAS "Yesteryear" Kirk, Mr Spock and history expert Erikson return from Orions past through the Guardian of Forever. A little timeline snafu has occured. Dr McCoy fails to recognise Mr Spock and a mysterious alien with cranial antennae steps forward claiming to be the USS Enterprise NCC 1701's First Officer, so Captain Kirk nearly flips out!

The new guy is an Andorian named Thelin. Its a catch 22. So now Mr Spock must go undercover and timet ravel to his childhood past in a bid to restore time....

 When Mr Spock arrives at his home city of ShiKahr geared up as "Seleck", he's greeted by his younger self, his human mother Amanda Grayson, his Vulcan father Sarek and his beloved pet Sehlat I- Chaya. Now we get to the spine chilling creature. It's one mean hungry beast. The fun begins when younger Spock is faced with the dreaded "Kah-wan test" in the barren desert where the creature lives.

To fail once is no disgrace for Vulcans. However Sarek explains logically, If Spock fails, there are those who will call him a coward for the rest of his life. NO PRESSURE!!!! It's really quite touching to see Spock's pet I-Chaya trying to call his friend lumbering after him into the desert. I reckon the hero is I-Chaya who brawls with the desert beast to the end. At this vital this point in time, Seleck fufills his duty with the Famous Vulcan Neck Pinch.

 Could you survive in Vulcans Scorching heat without food, water or a weapon to defend yourself for 10 days? It also begs the question, Why didn't Sarek teach his son the Vulcan (FSNP) neck pinch? When Spock's pet I-Chaya is mortally injured, the vulcan is a son torn between worlds Which path should he choose to end his pets suffering? Logic or humanism?

Time travel Long and Prosper, trekkers and trekkies.






16 comments:

Birgit said...

I remember watching this episode when i was a kid. I loved Star Trek so I was faithful in all the episodes but haven't seen them in 40+ years. If it came out in 1973. I was 9. Great write up on this episode. Loved the original episode with a young Joan Collins

The Armchair Squid said...

The pet euthanasia was actually a bit controversial for the network. Fontana and Roddenberry had to fight for it - glad they won.

Spacerguy said...

Edith Keelers demise is such a teary eyed ending. She was so ahead of her time Birgit.

I knew the TV sensors controlled what ran on the tv networks but good for Roddenberry and D C Fontana. We owe them so much. Who would have thought it. Maybe somebody didn't want I-Chaya to die!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I remember that episode. Didn't the beast sound a bit like Godzilla?

Spacerguy said...

Totally, I just could place the sound. Thanks Alex.

Susan Kane said...

Having never watched the animated Star Trek, I am lost, lost! I tell you!

Pat Hatt said...

I've seen a few, not sure it was this one though. Been a while. Gotta love(or hate) those catch 22's

M Pax said...

Looks like fun. Never saw the animated series, but loved the original.

Spacerguy said...

Don't worry Susan. Star Trek The Animated Series was produced by Gene Roddenberry, voiced with recordings by most of Star Trek's original series cast.

It is upsetting so many have passed. Majel Barret, Jimmy Doohan, Mark Lenard, the recently late Leonard Nimoy and Harve Bennet, Bob Justman, Walter Matt Jeffries, Hal Sutherland, Gene Roddenberry all shaped Star Trek with such deep philosophy and hope.

I really believe they wanted us to LLAP so thats what I'm trying to do here as I journey back with you through time.

Spacerguy said...

I know what you mean Pat, why not join us and quote your favorite TAS line in rhyme?

Star Trek has that effect on people. I highly recommend the animated series, M.Pax

Elise Fallson said...

Oh no. You're going to get me hooked on another animated series! And I agree with Alex, that was a Godzilla voiceover. :D

Spacerguy said...

Alex nailed the Godzilla connection for sure. You can still sign up for the TAS blogfest Elise.

Heres an idea: Who is your favorite character and whats the significance of their line at a vital moment in the 22 minute episode.

Nigel G. Mitchell said...

This episode really showed how the animated series could be as good or even better than the original. An in-depth look into the world of Vulcan with some genuine emotional depth

Spacerguy said...

Yesteryear hits all the key notes with Spocks father Sarek of Vulcan voiced by Mark Lenard and Amanda Grayson voiced by Majel Barrett.

The Armchair Squid said...

Fontana felt strongly that losing a pet was an important part of childhood and that stories should not shy away from it. There are a lot more topical children's stories now than there were when I was growing up. Now it seems normal, even responsible. Not so in 1973, I guess.

Spacerguy said...

Star Trek phrases like "beam me up, Scotty" was never totally said in the classic series only later on. Its first used in treks animated series. Sign of the times I reckon.

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