Writer: Stephen Kandel
Airdate: 12th Jan, 1974
Season 1 Episode 14
In Star Trek's (TAS) Season One finale, "The Jihad" is an epic episode unleashing the galaxies fearless on the track of the Soul of Skorr.
Its fun watching these alien warrior races, summoned by the powerful feline Vedala trying to piece together the clues in this stormy, Sherlockian, Star Trek treasure hunt.
Kirk and Spock, a tough reptilian, a multi armed lockpicker, birdman Tchar and a humanoid hunter join forces to thwart a holy war -a jihad- from erupting throughout the galaxy. Our alien heroes root through a "Mad Planet" grappling to retrieve Alar's "peaceful brain" pattern (8). Meanwhile a wolf in sheeps clothing walks amongst them.
I am Tchar, hereditary prince of the Skorr, leader of battles. I will lead my people into glory, to avenge our history.
SPOCK: Most of them will be killed. The warrior races of the Federation will rise up to battle the Skorr.
TCHAR: Yes. A noble death to win a great dream. We will live no longer like worms crawling in the dirt. We will conquer. You will die. But you have my respect. You fought well. You die in grace.
What did Tchar see in the Soul of Skorr? He was quite mad, wasn't he? Do you believe in the power of religious sculpture? A little bird told me these guys needed a swig of Red Bull, poor devils!
Drink Long and be Joyous, Super Bloggies and Trekkers.