Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Star Trek The Ambergris Element

Stardate: 5499.9
Writer: Margaret Armen
Season 1 Episode 13
Star Trek The Animated Series (TAS)
Airdate: 1st Dec, 1973.

The aqua-creature seen in Star Treks animated "The Ambergris Element" is fast and furious! You might even call the huge sea monster "Sur- Snake" one mean marine. I couldn't help but chuckle when I heard the creatures roar. Look at the size of its red "denibian whale" body with all those terrifying razor sharp teeth. This monster is huge, its bigger than a man, I  mean its big!

In the blink of an eye, Sur Snake grabs the USS Enterprise NCC 1701's aquashuttle with its giant mouth like it was a toy. Little did it realise Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Redshirt Clayton were on a mission of mercy, studying the effects of seismic phenomena affecting its native planet Argo.

5 days go by with the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 head honchos MIA. The two are found unable to breathe near the aquashuttle wreckage, somehow transformed into water breathers!The mind twister here is how do you return a water breather into an air breather? Meanwhile in Sickbay, Dr McCoy freely admits hes stumped with a mutated Captain Kirk close to freaking out.

 KIRK "Look at this place. A tank. I can't command a ship from inside an aquarium. I can't live in here." 
MCCOY: What about you, Spock? What does your logic tell you? 
SPOCK: The Captain states the case emotionally, of course, but correctly. 

 An undersea race of intelligent beings calling themselves Aquans fear the air breathers. A severe quake, sunken undersea cities, poisionous underwater creatures, progressive young aquans, surgo ops, hieroglyphics, ancient records and the Tribunal of Aquans lay in wait for our mutated USS Enterprise 1701 duo.

With another massive quake about to hit the area of the Aquan city, will Kirk and Spock find the cure before its too late? 

Which sci fi movie did "the son of a b**** is huge, its bigger than a man, its big! originally come from?

1. Terminator.
2. Predator.
3. Jurassic Park or
4. Alien?

Live Long and Prosper, bloggies and trekkies.


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I remember that episode. It was kind of an Atlantis type story. Did that quote come from Predator?

Spacerguy said...

When I first heard the quote, the character Parker and the way he delivered it, shook poor Lambert up so much, I nearly died laughing. The expression on her face was one of pure fear.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I was thinking the same thing, Predator.

Birgit said...

Did it come from a movie called "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?" The creature reminded me of the frame shots I have seen of that film. I know i saw it when I was a kid but that's it. This episode sounds like a fun one

The Armchair Squid said...

I've never seen it but I'm guessing Predator, too.

Sadly, the watercraft designed for the episode were never seen on Trek again - not a lot of underwater adventures.

Jeremy Hawkins said...

I was thinking Jurassic Park, too.

M Pax said...

Classic lines for Kirk, McCoy, and Spock. That's one critter that would keep me out of the water.

Christine Rains said...

What great lines! And what a mystery. I say Predator too. :)

Spacerguy said...

The answer for our Sci Fi movie question is:
4) Ridley Scotts: Alien. Thanks for joining in everyone. The quote, the son of a b**** is huge, I mean its like a man, its big! can be found at 1hr8min59secs.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I know I've seen most of them, but I don't remember that episode.

I think that line came from Predator.

Susan Kane said...

I am thinking too literally, Jurassic Park

Tyrean Martinson said...

Classic Kirk, Spock, and McCoy!

I'm thinking Jurassic Park?

A Beer For The Shower said...

They fear us? As an air breather who can't swim, I very much fear the Aquans.

And I have absolutely no idea, but half of the people here are saying Jurassic Park and half of the people are saying Predator. One of those has to be right. So one of us says Jurassic Park, the other says Predator. It's good to be right.

Misha Gericke said...

I'd definitely freak out to turn into a water breather. Not a fan of water. At all. (Except to drink, but that's a whole other story.)

Spacerguy said...

It fun how this quiz has thrown most of you bloggies off guard. The answer is Ridley Scott's Alien. I reckon Sur-snakes to blame.

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