Star Trek: The Animated Series: Season 2, Episode 6

The Counter-Clock Incident (12 Oct. 1974)

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The Enterprise is transporting its first Captain, Robert April to Babel where he will reluctantly accept his retirement. When they attempt to stop an unidentified vessel on a collision ... See full summary »


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The Enterprise is transporting its first Captain, Robert April to Babel where he will reluctantly accept his retirement. When they attempt to stop an unidentified vessel on a collision course with the Beta Niobe nova, they accidentally pass into an alternate dimension where time flows in the opposite direction. Thus, the crew of the Enterprise rapidly begins to grow younger in age and soon becomes unable to man the consoles. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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This episode introduces Robert April, a character from unused Star Trek (1966) scripts. Due to Gene Roddenberry's later request that the animated series not be considered canon, however, it has never been made part of "official" Star Trek continuity that Captain April was the first captain of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701. See more »


When some of the crew are changed into smaller children, their clothes change size to match their smaller bodies. See more »


Commodore Robert April: What a blessing to be able to live ones life over again. If the life you've led has left you unfulfilled. No Sarah, I don't want to live it all over again. I couldn't improve one bit on what we've had together.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Rascals (1992) See more »

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While this one does NOT fit in with the rest of the Trek canon, it is one of the better shows in the series.
21 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Much of what occurs in this final episode of the "Star Trek" violates what you'll later see in series such as "Star Trek: Enterprise" as well as the movie "Star Trek: First Contact". For example, the first captain of Enterprise is Captain April--and they also say this same ship, NCC-1701, is the first Federation ship with warp technology. My advice is to just ignore all this....get over it and just watch. What you'll see is a reasonably interesting but, once again, horribly animated show.

The Enterprise is transporting Mr. April and his wife. April had been the first commander of Enterprise and his wife had served as the ship's doctor. They're old and awaiting retirement. However, en route to their 'decommissioning' ceremony, the ship is sucked into an opposite universe--one where folks are born old and progress to infancy! And so, the entire crew is growing younger and younger and it's up to April to command the ship back to our reality. Quite the coincidence that he happened to be aboard, huh?!

This is not a brilliant episode by any SANE standard. But it is interesting and despite it's excremental animation, it's a decent place to end the "Star Trek" animated show.

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