Writer: David P. Harmon.
First Aired: 1st May, 1974
In Star Trek's TAS "The Eye of the Beholder" the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 locates a missing, Federation Science vessel. The spaceship "Ariel" is found orbiting a Class M planet.
Starships logs reveal the entire crew beamed down to Lactra VII, so why didn't they return? When our Enterprise pals follow pursuit they discover a terraformed planet with dinosaurs, dragon reptiles, forcefields, 20 foot telepathic creatures and a zoo waiting for them.
You may have noticed a lot of creatures in TAS have a beef to pick with Star Trek's protagonists. Unlike Star Trek's TNG's "Armus" or TOS Salt Vampire "Nancy Cramer," many creatures in TAS are powerful, mysterious, "no-name" entities.
The Enterprise ship sensors zero in on lifeforms at a central gathering place. The Lactrans are so formidable beyond even Vulcans on the evolutionary scale, that any attempt to communicate only embarrasses Spock. In his eagerness, Captain James Tiberius Kirk soon finds himself caged like a pet along with Dr McCoy and Spock.
The Enterprise trio need a get out of jail card fast, so Spock suggests faking illness. It turns out the huge Lactran zookeepers find human frailties a complete mystery. So its a piece of cake tricking their kid.
Despite being only about six years old with an IQ in the thousands, Kirk's comrades pull a blinder with a little captain trickery.
When our inquisitive friend finds out about the Enterprise crew, the Federation and planet earth, it tells Mommy and Daddy the good news.
Hey these guys, my friends wanna go home! Can we let them go, Mom? please? They promise to be good!
How do you feel about caged cute dumb animals?
Live long and prosper, super trekkie lifeforms.