Six minute episodes airing with The New Adventures of Superman (1966-70), The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967-1968), and The Batman/Superman Hour (1968-1969) involving episodes of young Clark Kent evading class to save the day.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
According to the book "Creating the Filmation Generation", Filmation was interested in producing an animated Star Trek series as early as 1969, just after the cancellation of the original series. However, the concept for this series was quite different, being aimed at a younger audience, The Enterprise crew would mentor a new training ship called the Excalibur and would train a group of teenagers. Each of the main Trek characters would have a young protégé, with names such as Steve, Bob, Stick, Chris, Tun-Tun, Stormy and Ploof. Filmation would subsequently use the rejected concept to develop the live action children's series Space Academy. See more »
Uhura's insignia is mistakenly the Life Sciences globe. It should be the geometric emblem of Ship's Services. See more »
Trek returns as a cartoon, a medium befitting William Shatner's acting.
This was the first attempt at reviving Trek, and for the most part, it was pretty good. It's animation, so it's limiting. It's Filmation, so it's even more limiting. Filmation was a little more low-end than their rivals at Hanna-Barbera. Stock footage was constant in their productions and the voice work was usually of lower quality. Not this time, though. The original cast, minus Walter Koenig, provided their own voices, while Nichelle Nichols and James Doohan got to play other roles. The use of animation allowed the creation of better aliens and for situations that were impossible to film with live actors or effects (or just too expensive to film). Unfortunately, it also lent the show a certain stiffness.
The stories were quite good and featured writing from several Trek veterans and even a script from actor Walter Koenig. We finally got to see Orion pirates and see Spock as a child. There were even sequels to old episodes, like the Trouble with Tribbles and City on the Edge of Forever.
All in all, the series was a fine addition to the Star Trek world and stood out on Saturday Morning. It tended to skew more to an older audience, but it kept the youngsters entertained.
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