Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 1

Beyond the Farthest Star (8 Sep. 1973)

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The Enterprise finds an ancient abandoned starship, and a malevolent entity on it eager to take over the Starfleet ship.



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Episode cast overview:
Mr. Spock (voice)
Dr. McCoy (voice)
Sulu (voice)
Uhura (voice)
Nurse Chapel (credit only)


The Enterprise is in a remote section of the galaxy on a mission of star charting when they pick up mysterious radio emissions. While investigating they find themselves picking up speed. As they gain momentum they are being drawn towards a strange, dead star. They achieve orbit and discover an alien starship is also in orbit around the star. While investigating they discover that the ship has been badly damaged and is over 300 million years old. When they beam back they unknowingly bring back a malevolent energy source which attempts to take over Enterprise. Written by tomtrekp

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This episode did not air in Los Angeles until December 22, 1973 due to George Takei's run for L.A. City Council. Takei's opponents claimed that if any episode that featured him aired before the election, it would violate the equal time law in which political candidates must have an equal amount of air time on non-news programs. See more »


After Spock mentioned the distance to the nearest G1-type star, Kirk is drawn so that a 2nd left arm is drawn in his lap as well as one sitting on his armrest. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: Captain's log, stardate: 5221.3. On outward course beyond the fringe of our galaxy towards Questar M-17, a source of mysterious radio emissions. Mission: Star charting.
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One of my favorite episodes.
9 December 2006 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

A little more inventive (though somewhat stark) than some of the more recent sci-fi offerings, the voice acting and backgrounds offset stagnated and sparse animation. Even so the actors are more speaking into a microphone while using their character's voice, as opposed to letting themselves get entirely into characters and emote in full.

The story, though basic, is highlighted with some rather interesting premises. The driving character's motive is only loosely touched on, and never fully explored. Most likely this was done to placate to both an adult and child audience for easy story digestion.

Character development is kept to a minimum for both crew and opposition, leaving a rather sparse yet interesting installment into the franchise.

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