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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 8, 1973
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: This is the further adventures of the Star Trek series in a half-hour animated form. This show basically continues the adventures of the original series (presumably in the fourth year of the five-year mission), but takes advantage of the unlimited special effects provided by animation toThis is the further adventures of the Star Trek series in a half-hour animated form. This show basically continues the adventures of the original series (presumably in the fourth year of the five-year mission), but takes advantage of the unlimited special effects provided by animation to introduce more alien crewmen (the felinoid M'Ress and the tripedal Arex) as well as introduce more elaborate adventures like an underwater adventure, the miniaturization of the crew to 1 cm., and the appearance of a giant fire-breathing two-headed dragon.

    The show is currently not considered "canon" by Paramount and the folks associated with the various subsequent TV shows. However, elements of the animated series have been used in subsequent shows (Sarek refers to the events of "Yesteryear" in TNG's "Reunification Pt. 1") and the Enterprise-D's holodeck seems to have been in part inspired by the holodeck we see in "Practical Joker". Also, writers such as Peter David have used some elements from the animated series in the books and comics. Although produced on the cheap (note the incredibly static backgrounds, recycled animations, and the fact that James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, and Majel Barrett do about 95% of the guest voices), the script writing and concepts (mostly by writers from the original series) are generally of high quality (the show won an Emmy for best Children's Programming in '73) and the show is in many worthy of inclusion in the Trek annals.
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  • Genre(s): Animation, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
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  1. Sep 7, 2012
    5
    Not a very good series in the opinion of this Star Trek fan, after the 1st few episodes is becomes very repetitive with the animations andNot a very good series in the opinion of this Star Trek fan, after the 1st few episodes is becomes very repetitive with the animations and music, almost to the point of annoyance. Some of the stories are ok from a science fiction standpoint, some are just nonsensical. Only recommended for a collector or a die-hard fan. Expand