[TAS] Season 1, Episode 1: Beyond The Farthest Star
Rating: WATCH (For The Animated Series we use a simpler Watch or Skip rating)
“Beyond the Farthest Star” is a pretty good kick-off for the Animated Series. The abbreviated run time allows for a quicker tempo than most Original Series episodes, which suits the suspense-driven plot of this story well. There isn’t much in the way of character, but the effectiveness of the storytelling puts the episode on-par with strong Original Series stories.
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Everyone looks kind of tipsy in this shot
Enterprise gets sucked into a dead star that is “beyond the fringe of our galaxy.” It’s interesting that in both episodes written by Samuel Peeples (this and Where No Man has Gone Before) he emphasizes that they’re just outside of the galaxy.
They get stuck in orbit along with a massive uninhabited, and ancient ship.
A landing party beams aboard with cool life-support belts.
The first part of the episode is inspecting this ancient ship, and learning what happened to it’s crew. It’s actually really cool, and creating a surprisingly interesting back story to a species long dead.
They find a message left by the aliens, saying that they destroyed their ship so that a dangerous being couldn’t use them for nefarious purposes.
Then everything starts blowing up!
Kyle grew a mustache.
Some green thing beamed up with them! And it hurts!
Hey there’s another elevator on the bridge
The green thing starts taking over the ship. Scotty was trying to get the self-destruct goin’, but it somehow got him stuck in something lol
The green thing needs the crew to get the ship out of orbit.
It’s favorite line is “obey me!” which it only manages to say about 40 times.
Spock figures out a way to keep the green thing from taking over one station and Kirk puts his belt on it for good measure.
Kirk (who for some reason has his belt on again) decides to crash Enterprise into the dead star.
The green thing gets really angry!
The green thing chickens out and transfers itself to the dead star. Enterprise pulls out of there and breaks from orbit.
I think this episode has a strange title. At the very end Kirk says they’re going “beyond the farthest star in the galaxy” for star charting, but that’s not what this episode was about at all.