Star Trek The Animated Series "The Terratin Incident"
Airdate: 17th November, 1973
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
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?
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