Star Trek (1973–1975)
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The Counter-Clock Incident 

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


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Episode cast overview:
... Capt. Kirk (voice)
... Mr. Spock (voice)
... Dr. McCoy (voice)
... Sulu (voice)
... Uhura / Dr. Sarah April / Karla Five (voice)
... (credit only)
... Scott / Arex / Commodore Robert April / Karl Four (voice)


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

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12 October 1974 (USA)  »

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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 »


This episode is largely regarded as the "Spock's Brain" of the animated series. No reason is given as to why the crew de-age so quickly. They were only in the negative universe a few days at most. While they would de-age, it would not even be noticeable. They certainly would not have become children. See more »


Commodore Robert April: No matter where I've traveled in the galaxy, Jim, this bridge is more like home than anywhere else.
Capt. Kirk: Yes, Commodore, I know the feeling.
Commodore Robert April: To me she was always like my child. I was there in the San Francisco Navy Yard when her unit components were built.
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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 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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