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
Did You Know?
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
Captain, the flower is not the only thing on board that is growing younger.
Ship's chronometers are also running backwards. The flow of time is reversed in this universe. The longer we stay here, the younger we will become.