Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Star Trek TAS "The Terratin Incident"

Star Trek The Animated Series "The Terratin Incident"
Airdate: 17th November, 1973
Stardate: 5577.3
Writer: Paul Schneider
Season 1 Episode 11

In Star Trek TAS "The Terratin Incident" a Lilliputian city struggling to survive volcanic activity erupting on its home world sends out an SOS, twice. When the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 arrives on the scene, it scans the remains of a nearby gas cloud, Arachna except something is afoot. Uhura and Spock intercept a mysterious 200 year old code. One word T-E-R-R-A-T-I-N is detected but who sent it and why?

Captain Kirk has a hunch, so he orders the Enterprise to alter course and head towards the volcanic planet of Cepheus. When they arrive, the bridge-crew are caught off guard when a strange pulse of energy shoots across space like a cannon. Fused circuits, smashed dilithium crystals, contracting organic molecules and shrinking bridge-crew seriously hamper starship operations aboard the ship.

On the planet surface below, Lilliputians have built a rather fantastic city. It turns out the Terra 10 "colonists" had to devise a rescue plan because their planet is teetering on the edge of volcanic meltdown..

Whats really amazing is how these miniature lifeforms totally immobilize the flagship of the Federation! Its funny when they bring the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 to a screeching halt. Everything in the Lilliputian Metropolis from the leader on down is petite. So from a fans perspective, its hard to feel terrified of 2 inch tall characters even with them pointing their sophisticated x-wave weapon at you. How powerful can it really be?

Do you feel like writing a thesis on biology, geology or chemistry?

Seriously you could with the science in this episode! What do you think of the "Terra 10" Lilliputians as major antagonists? Do pocket sized humanoids terrify, amuse or exhilarate you?

 Did we need a creature to liven things up? Did your heart sink when Christine shouted for help?

Live Long and Prosper, Bloggies and Trekkies.


Elephant's Child said...

I can see that I really, really need to go back to kindergarten and start seeing these all over again.

Jo said...

Never seen the cartoon versions before. I think I prefer the originals.

Tony Laplume said...

I shall write a thesis on this episode!

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha yeah I have to say it sounds like a stretch to be intimidated by tiny people. "*squish* Whoops."

Spacerguy said...

It gas Captain Kirk knew about the nucleus of every cell in the body, calling it the double helix of DNA. I feel enlightened today lol.

Anonymous said...

I guess the Animated Series had some real advantages. I doubt they could have done this episode effectively on the live action version of the show.

Birgit said...

Well they were caught off guard but I could just blow on them and they would be swept away or die from bad breath

Jeffrey A. Scott said...

Oh how cute. They are trying to take over the Enterprise. Bless them. LOL So adorable.

The Armchair Squid said...

The Lilliputians aren't nearly so terrifying as the shrinking of the crew. That would require serious lifestyle adjustments!

Lauren Farrow said...

Wow! Their dialogue is like sitting in a classroom. I love it because their topic hits close to home for me and the video game I am currently developing. Perhaps I should take notes.

Susan Kane said...

Great episode. So many questions, spitfire answers.

How does it end?!! Have to go!

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