Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–1975)

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The further adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, as they explore the Galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

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This animated series continues the adventures of the USS Enterprise, taking advantage of the visual freedom of animation to present stories with more alien elements. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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8 September 1973 (USA)  »

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Though many do not consider this cartoon to be part of the "official Trek continuity", this series featured episodes that were direct sequels to popular live-action Star Trek (1966) episodes. The titular rogue from Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966) and Star Trek: I, Mudd (1967) made his third appearance in Star Trek: The Animated Series: Mudd's Passion (1973). The setting of Star Trek: Shore Leave (1966) was revisited in Star Trek: The Animated Series: Once Upon a Planet (1973). Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967) was followed up in Star Trek: The Animated Series: More Tribbles, More Troubles (1973), which was based on a rejected script from The Original Series' third season. (TOS also intended to make a third Mudd adventure.) This tradition of revisiting previous episodes inspired the film series to make Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) as a follow-up to Star Trek: Space Seed (1967), and cameo appearances by Tribbles in numerous Trek films and television series. Another unused TOS idea, that Captain James Kirk's middle name is Tiberius, was used in Star Trek: The Animated Series: Bem (1974) and later confirmed in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). See more »

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Director Hal Sutherland was color blind and could not tell the difference between light gray and pink. In some episodes, uniforms and spacecraft which were supposed to be light gray are colored pink. See more »

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For philosophers and little kids ONLY
28 July 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Some consider this to be the ho-hum followup to a great show. I couldn't disagree more.

Aside from the fact that it's a cartoon and the episodes are rushed in 30 mins, I found this to be a philosophical cut above the Trek of the late 60s. Here in the animated series, we catch a glimpse of some amazingly progressive ideas such as non-violence, compassion and tolerance. Kirk & Spock aren't so quick to set phasers on kill as they were before. Klingon/Federation confrontations in space are resolved without bloodshed. In one episode (my favourite), Kirk defends Lucifer's right to live, because Lucifer--for all his past crimes and flaws--is a living entity. Folks, this is some advanced stuff.

Of course that means we don't see as much "action". Not many shootouts. Nothing violent really. The red shirts don't get wasted as bad. You may find yourself screaming at the TV, "Kirk, you WUSS! I woulda KICKED HIS ASS!" But that, I believe, is the whole point of Gene Roddenberry's visionary creation--that humans of the future would be a much more evolved, diplomatic and nonviolent species. This was evident in the original '66-'69 Trek, but we get it full force in the '74-'75 animated series.

If it means anything to you, both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were vegetarians for ethical reasons during the production of this show, and they still are today. (Edit 7 years after my original post: I'm pretty sure William Shatner has been poundin down the pepperoni pizzas lately, but Nimoy is still a veggie)

So if you're looking for zap-zap, kill the monster, good vs. evil stuff, you'll be disappointed. If instead you're ready for a truly philosophical mind trip, bordering on Hindu spiritualism, then this will rock your socks.

And the music is primo.

9/10.


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