With this Trek Review we now head into the animated realm of the Original Series adventures following the Season Three finale Turnabout Intruder. It's hard to tell whether these episodes follow directly from that finale or if there is a gap in between. It hardly matters though as most of our crew are back with a familiar ship, familiar adventures and a new opening theme.
Beyond the Farthest Star
The Enterprise encounters an old and derelict alien ship whose crew appear to have died some time ago, yet something remains. A landing party discovers an old log entry from the ship's commander describing the crews choice to destroy the ship in order to prevent a malevolent entity from travelling to other worlds.
When the landing party returns to Enterprise, they inadvertently bring the entity back with them and it starts to take control of the ship.
Kirk bluffs the entity into believing the Enterprise will crash into a nearby planet and flees the ship, destined to loneliness as the Enterprise escapes.
The animated series starts with this interesting episode of a beautiful, old and derelict alien ship, a malevolent entity and Kirk outwitting it to save the ship. It's quickly evident that these episodes are a different character to the near hour-long live action episodes we have become used to. The pace feels much quicker, or that could merely be due to the halved air time. The Animated Series does allow for some exciting new vistas and sets though that could not have been realised with the budget constraints of the live show.
Overall Rating: 6/10
Returning from a journey through the Guardian of Forever, Kirk and Spock realise that history has changed somehow when none of the Enterprise crew recognise their Vulcan Science Officer.
Spock enters through the Guardian to save his younger self from dying during the kahs-wan maturity test.
Spock introduces himself as a cousin named Selek to his younger self, Sarek and Amanda after offering assistance when younger Spock is being harrassed by three other Vulcan children.
Younger Spock chooses to undergo the kahs-wan a month earlier than needed, in order to prove himself. He and his pet sehlat, I-chaya come under attack by a le-matya when Selek intervenes. However, I-chaya is mortally wounded. Younger Spock makes the logical decision to allow I-chaya to pass away without pain and so his life choice is made to follow his father's Vulcan ways.
Selek farewell's his family and Spock returns to the present to find the timeline restored.
This is a decent episode considering how short it is. We learn a lot about Spock's childhood and scenes from here would be echoed in Star Trek (2009) and references from this episode would become 'canon'. There's no surprise this episode fits into Star Trek so well as it was written by Original Series writer and story consultant D.C. Fontana.
An enjoyable episode, with my only criticism being the voice of the Guardian of Forever was nowhere near the booming 'epicness' of the original.
Overall Rating: 8/10