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Beyond The Farthest Star

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5221.3: Near the edge of the galaxy, a powerful gravitational force has seized the Enterprise. Sulu is able to alter the ship’s course just enough to go into orbit around the dead stellar core which is the source of the gravity, rather than crashing into it. Also in orbit is a vessel of organic origins, with a structure that indicates two things – the ship was built by insectoid beings, and those beings appear to have destroyed themselves. A log entry recorded by one of the aliens warns of the presence of a malevolent life form, prompting Kirk and his landing party to return to the Enterprise – only to discover that whatever attacked the insectoids has now beamed aboard with them.

Season 1 Regular Voice Cast: William Shatner (Captain Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), James Doohan (Mr. Scott), George Takei (Lt. Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), James Doohan (Lt. Arrex), Majel Barrett (Nurse Chapel)

Order the DVDswritten by Samuel A. Peeples
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Alien Voice), James Doohan (Insectoid Captain), James Doohan (Transporter Chief)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Yesteryear

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5373.4: A visit to the Guardian of Forever goes wrong somehow, erasing Spock from history. Though the Vulcan returns to the 23rd century along with Kirk, no one recognizes Spock, and an Andorian named Thalen is serving as the Enterprise’s first officer. Spock uses the Guardian to travel 30 years into his own past, at the point when the new timeline’s history says Spock died as a boy on Vulcan. Passing himself off as his own cousin, Spock watches as his younger self sneaks away in the night, scared to undergo a grueling rite of passage. The younger Spock is followed by I’Chiya, his aging pet sehlat, who sacrifices its life to save Spock from a predatory creature. Having saved his own life, the elder Spock now worries that the unexpected death of I’Chiya may change his future yet again.

Order the DVDswritten by D.C. Fontana
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Star TrekGuest Voice Cast: Mark Lenard (Sarek), James Doohan (Commander Thalen), Majel Barrett (Amanda Grayson), James Doohan (Officer #1), James Doohan (Officer #2), Majel Barrett (Historian), James Doohan (Alien Historian), James Doohan (Vulcan Healer), James Doohan (Guardian of Forever)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

One Of Our Planets Is Missing

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5372.3: The Enterprise crew watches helplessly as an enormous cloud engulfs an entire planet, and discover that it is headed for the heavily populated planet Mantilles. The Enterprise, pursuing the cloud, is also swallowed by it. From inside the cloud, Spock determines that it is a living organism. Kirk decides that the organism must be destroyed, but Spock finds that this can only be accomplished by unleashing an enormous amount of energy which would also destroy the Enterprise. The only hope for the people of Mantilles is an unconventional mind-meld between Spock and the planet-consuming life form.

Order the DVDswritten by Marc Daniels
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Governor Wesley), Majel Barrett (The Organism)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Lorelei Signal

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5483.7: While investigating a region of space which has seen the unexplained disappearance of Federation, Romulan and Klingon ships at precise intervals, the Enterprise receives a song-like signal from the Taurean system, 20 light years away. Uhura is alarmed when Scotty, Kirk and other male officers – even Spock – are mesmerized by the musical message. Kirk leads a landing party beams to the planet of origin, but they do not return to the ship. When most of the male crew is incapacitated, Uhura and Nurse Chapel assume command of the Enterprise. On the planet, Spock makes a horrifying discovery – the female aliens hope to lure men to their world. Their male slaves will be drained of life energy, giving the women almost immortal youth. And with over half of a 430-person crew to choose from, the aliens should remain healthy for a long time…

Order the DVDswritten by Margaret Armen
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Ensign Carver), Majel Barrett (Thela), Nichelle Nichols (Female alien), Nichelle Nichols (Security Officer Davidson), Nichelle Nichols (Computer voice)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

More Tribbles, More Trouble

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5392.4: Escorting two automated freighters to Sherman’s Planet with their precious cargo of quadrotriticale, the Enterprise is diverted when a distress signal is received from another Federation ship under Klingon attack. The sole occupant of the besieged vessel is rescued, but the Klingons destroy his ship and then turn their attention to the Enterprise. Koloth, commanding the Klingon vessel, claims that the pilot of the smaller Federation ship is wanted for the crime of introducing the ravenous (and rapidly-reproducing) tribbles to the Klingon ecosystem. When the pilot turns out to be shady trader Cyrano Jones, peddler of tribbles, Kirk wonders if Koloth doesn’t have a point. Jones left Space Station K-7 after using a tribble-munching life-form known as a glommer to clean up the station’s tribble overpopulation problem. Koloth reveals that the glommer was genetically engineered by the Klingons…and therefore Cyrano Jones could be doing real damage to the Klingon Empire.

Order the DVDswritten by David Gerrold
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Koloth), David Gerrold (Korax), Stanley Adams (Cyrano Jones)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Survivor

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5143.3: A vessel with a single occupant sends a distress signal from the Federation side of the Romulan neutral zone. When the Enterprise beams the ship’s pilot aboard, it turns out to be famed philanthropist Carter Winston – though Dr. McCoy’s instruments disagree, not even diagnosing the patient as human. Winston visits Kirk in his quarters and suddenly transforms into a tentacled creature, knocking the captain out and assuming his physical appearance. Winston, in the shape of Kirk, instructs the crew to change course to go to a planet deep within the neutral zone – almost ensuring an entanglement with the Romulans.

Order the DVDswritten by James Schmerer
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: William Shatner (Carter Winston), Majel Barrett (Nurse Chapel), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Anne Nored), Majel Barrett (Lt. M’ress), James Doohan (Romulan Commander)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Infinite Vulcan

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5554.4: A visit to a previously uncharted planet reveals an advanced laboratory, and a race of mobile plant life, the Phylosians. These beings prove to be friendly enough when they cure Sulu of the effects of a local poison. But when an a flock of airborne creatures aid in the abduction of Spock, a seemingly giant human being appears, claiming to be the long-lost Dr. Keniclius – a geneticist who was banished for his attempts to create a master race during the disastrous Eugenics Wars. Keniclius claims that he needs Spock to create a clone-army of beings to “enforce” peace upon the entire galaxy – but after seeing that the Phylosians have a hangar full of spacecraft, Kirk is suspicious of Keniclius’ goals.

Order the DVDswritten by Walter Koenig
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Keniclius), James Doohan (Agmar), Nichelle Nichols (Computer voice)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Magicks Of Megas-Tu

Star Trek ClassicStardate 1254.2: While exploring a nebular phenomenon in which matter is constantly created, the Enterprise is whisked into an alternate universe. A hoofed creature named Lucien boards the ship, and then beams down to the surface of a nearby planet with Kirk, Spock and McCoy. Lucien explains that he and the other people of Megas-Tu once visited Earth, but when they practiced their natural gift of magic, the Megans were hunted down and killed for practicing witchcraft. But when the other Megans discover that Lucien has brought humans to their world, Kirk and his crew and put on a witch trial of their own in a recreation of 17th-century Salem.

Order the DVDswritten by Larry Brody
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Lucien), George Takei (Alien spirit voice), James Doohan (Azmodeus)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Once Upon A Planet

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5591.2: Captain Kirk orders a layover for the Enterprise at the still unnamed world where his crew visited once before, an idyllic, Earthlike planet whose massive computer can create whatever fantasy its visitors desire. But not long after the crew’s shore leave begins, things begin to go horribly wrong – McCoy is almost killed by something that he most certainly didn’t fantasize about, and Uhura is kidnapped by some kind of robot. The transporter is able to retrieve everyone except Uhura, so Kirk launches a rescue mission. But when he tries to find the Keeper, the planet’s humanoid custodian, he discovers that the Keeper has died – and no one may be able to regain control of the planet’s computer…or rescue the Enterprise’s communications officer.

Order the DVDswritten by Lee Jenson & Chuck Menville
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: Majel Barrett (Lt. M’Ress), James Doohan (Gabler), James Doohan (White Rabbit), Nichelle Nichols (Alice), George Takei (Computer), Majel Barrett (Queen of Hearts)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Mudd’s Passion

Star Trek ClassicStardate 4978.5: Upon receiving word that interplanetary con man Harry Mudd is up to his old tricks, swindling settlers in the Arcadian star system, the Enterprise crew tracks down Mudd, and Kirk and Spock beam down to arrest him (exposing Mudd’s deceptions to the easily-angered natives in the process). Once again, Mudd is peddling an illegal drug, this time a substance which can supposedly make one irresistible to the opposite sex. Picking up on Nurse Chapel’s affection for Spock, Mudd gives her a sample of his drug and suggests she use it to analyze its properties. Using this as a distraction, Mudd also manages to escape from the brig. When the drug initially fails to work, Chapel hunts Mudd down, inadvertently becoming his hostage when he grabs her and steals a shuttle to escape from the Enterprise. To ensure his escape, Mudd has also added his drug to the ship’s air circulation system, leaving the crew in far too friendly a mood to worry about one criminal.

Order the DVDswritten by Stephen Kandel
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd), Majel Barrett (Nurse Chapel), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. M’ress), Majel Barrett (Mudd’s decoy)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Terratin Incident

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5577.3: The Enterprise receives a distress signal from the solitary planet in the Cepheus system, where no life has previously been known to exist. As the crew tries to respond to the distress signal, they are suddenly paralyzed by a powerful energy discharge, which also critically damages the Enterprise’s engines, stranding them in orbit. To make matters worse, the crew is now shrinking in size, presumably a side effect of the blast of energy. Kirk suspects that whoever is sending the distress signal is responsible for the gradual miniaturization of his crew.

Order the DVDswritten by Stephen Kandel
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Mendant)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Time Trap

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5252.2: The Enterprise undertakes a hazardous exploration of the Delta Triangle, an area of space where starships have been disappearing for centuries. A chance encounter with a Klingon battlecruiser in the Delta Triangle results in a brief exchange of fire – and then the Klingon vessel vanishes. Two other Klingon ships approach, promising vengeance upon Kirk and his ship. Kira orders a course heading for the precise coordinates where the first Klingon ship disappeared, and the Enterprise is sucked into an unknown region filled with the debris of ships, some of them centuries old. Another encounter with the Klingon ship proves that weapons are useless here – and then the captains of the two ships are beamed off their respective bridges to meet with the Council of Elysia. The Council is comprised of beings who have found themselves stranded in this region, including Vulcans, Orions, Romulans, Tellarites, Phylosians, Andorians, Gorn and others – and they implore Kirk and his old enemy Kor to give up their hopes for escape. What the council of Elysia does not anticipate is an agreement between the Federation and Klingon crews to pool their resources …but even as the joint venture begins, one of the two captains is planning to do away with the other.

Order the DVDswritten by Joyce Perry
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Kor), James Doohan (Zarius), George Takei (Kiri), Nichelle Nichols (Devna), Nichelle Nichols (Magon), James Doohan (Kel), James Doohan (Enterprise security officer)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Ambergris Element

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5499.9: In the course of studying an aquatic world whose land masses have completely submerged, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Lt. Clayton take an aquashuttle to pay the planet a visit. Their expedition is cut short by an attacking sea creature, which traps Kirk and Spock in the sinking shuttle while McCoy and Clayton escape. Five days pass before search parties locate the Enterprise’s captain and first officer, and a shocking physical transformation has taken place in that time – Kirk and Spock can no longer breathe air, and will be confined underwater for the rest of their lives unless the cause of their sudden physical changes can be determined and reversed.

Order the DVDswritten by Margaret Armen
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Lt. Clayton), James Doohan (Damar), Majel Barrett (Rila)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Slaver Weapon

Star Trek ClassicStardate 4187.3: Spock, Sulu and Uhura are en route to Starbase 25 via shuttlecraft, carrying a valuable cargo – a stasis box, an unimaginably rare artifact of a rase of slavers that ruled the galaxy a billion years prior to the rise of man. As the shuttle passes Beta Lyrae, the stasis box begins to glow – indicating another stasis box in close proximity. Spock orders Sulu to land the shuttle on an ice planet, but the landing party discovers that the sensor readings of a second stasis box are a trap, and all three are captured by the telepathic, carnivorous Kzinti, a felinoid species whose previous conflicts with mankind have proven unsuccessful. Hoping to even the score of centuries of wars, the Kzinti hope to discover a weapon to give them a deadly technological leap ahead of humanity…and the ancient contents of the stasis box may include that weapon.

Order the DVDswritten by Larry Niven
adapted from the story “The Soft Weapon” by Larry Niven
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Kzinti Chuft Captain), James Doohan (Kzinti Telepath), James Doohan (Kzinti Soldier), James Doohan (The Weapon voice)

Notes: The Slaver Weapon is one of the more interesting experiments with Star Trek continuity, as it blends in Larry Niven’s Man-Kzin Wars books with Roddenberry’s universe. The episode also claims that the artificial gravity field commonly used aboard starships is derived from a flight belt recovered from a previous stasis box, which conflicts with virtually every later series’ assertion that artificial gravity was a human invention.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Eye Of The Beholder

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5501.2: The Enterprise investigates the disappearance of the science vessel Ariel, last reported investigating the planet Lactra VII. After Kirk’s boarding party finds the Ariel intact but abandoned, the Captain, Spock and Dr. McCoy beam down to the planet, where they are immediately detained by the native Lactrans. The Enterprise officers are held captive along with the only three surviving members of the Ariel’s crew, and though Spock discovers that the Lactrans are telepathic, they rebuff his apparently primitive attempts to communicate with them. Spock eventually manages to establish a more productive mental link with a very young Lactran, hoping to get it to bring the crew’s gear back. But when the escape attempt goes wrong, the Enterprise crew discovers that even a single Lactran can assume control of the ship.

Order the DVDswritten by David P. Harmon
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Lt. Commander Markel), Majel Barrett (Randi Bryce), James Doohan (Lactran)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Jihad

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5683.1: A number of races’ ships have gathered around an asteroid inhabited by the Vedala, believed to be the oldest spacefaring species in existence. The Vedala have summoned numerous creatures for their intellect and physical strength, claiming that the galaxy’s future is imperiled unless those gathered can help the Vedala find a lost relic whose disappearance could spark a holy war among their own immensely powerful people – a war which would also quickly engulf the other races. But en route to the object of the motley group’s quest, Kirk believes that one of them is hoping to use the relic to hasten the war rather than prevent it.

Order the DVDswritten by Stephen Kandel
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Tchar), James Doohan (Sord), David Gerrold (EM-3-green), Nichelle Nichols (Lara)

The Pirates of Orion

Star Trek ClassicStardate 6334.1: A small epidemic of choriocytosis strikes the Enterprise crew, but it is considered a minor bug until Spock contracts the disease, which can be fatal to Vulcans. Worse yet, the antidote that will save Spock’s life is a rare substance, and the nearest source is four days away. When Orion pirates attack a ship ferrying the vital medicine to the Enterprise, Kirk embarks on a risky quest not only for Spock’s sake, but for the freedom of the space shipping lanes…but the price of securing that freedom could be the destruction of the Enterprise.

Season 2 Regular Voice Cast: William Shatner (Captain Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), James Doohan (Mr. Scott), George Takei (Lt. Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), James Doohan (Lt. Arrex), Majel Barrett (Nurse Chapel)

Order the DVDswritten by Howard Weinstein
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Captain O’Shea), James Doohan (Orion Commander)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Bem

Star Trek ClassicStardate 7403.6: Commander Ari Ben Bem, a native of an advanced planet which the Federation hopes will soon join its ranks, accompanies the Enterprise crew for several months, though he has spent virtually all of that time in seclusion. However, when the opportunity to beam down to the newly-charted planet Delta Theta III presents itself, Bem all but takes charge of the landing party (much to Kirk’s annoyance). Delta Theta III turns out to be inhabited, and Bem quickly puts the Enterprise officers in harm’s way. When Kirk and Spock try to escape and take Bem back with them, they discover that they’re not the only intelligent beings who are interfering the the planet’s life forms.

Order the DVDswritten by David Gerrold
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: Majel Barrett (Lt. M’ress), James Doohan (Commander Ari Ben Bem), Majel Barrett (Alien)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Practical Joker

Star Trek ClassicStardate 3183.3: Attacked without warning by a handful of Romulan warships, Kirk puts the Enterprise on a heading into an energy cloud of unknown origin and composition – and then things really start to go wrong. The cloud has a drastic effect on the Enterprise’s main computer, giving it a mischievious sense of humor. At first, the computer forces the crew to endure harmless pranks, but as its occupants shrug off these annoyances, the stakes are increased when the Enterprise sets itself on a not-so-funny course right back into the crossfire of the Romulan ships.

Order the DVDswritten by Chuck Menville
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: Majel Barrett (Lt. M’ress), James Doohan (Romulan), James Doohan (Crewman), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Albatross

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5275.6: The Enterprise arrives at Dramia with a precious cargo of badly-needed medical supplies, but the locals want something else as well – the unconditional surrender of Dr. Leonard McCoy, renowned throughout their solar system as a mass-murderer. McCoy is stunned to learn that a previous visit to neighboring Dramia II, to innoculate its entire population against a plague nearly two decades before, resulted in most of that planet’s inhabitants dying of a subsequent plague. One of the few survivors of Dramia II steps forward in McCoy’s defense, but as the Enterprise carries him back to Dramia to testify for the doctor, the crew contracts the same plague – with the sole exception of Spock. Spock releases McCoy from his prison on Dramia with only one goal – to stop the plague once and for all.

Order the DVDswritten by Dario Finelli
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Kol Tai), James Doohan (Demos), James Doohan (Supreme Prefect)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

How Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth

Star Trek ClassicStardate 6063.4: Kirk and his crew are trying to pinpoint the origin of a vessel which recently scanned Earth’s solar system and then transmitted its finds toward unknown coordinates with a very powerful signal. But before the crew even expects to find an answer to this puzzle, an unidentified ship approaches, trapping the Enterprise in an energy field and kidnapping four officers including Kirk. The being aboard the vessel claims to be Kulkukan, a godlike creature from ancient Aztec legend – and at the moment, a rather angry one, since no one on Earth has worshipped him in many centuries. The creature challenges Kirk and the others to a test of logic. The prize if the humans win is the gift of Kulkukan’s boundless knowledge – and if they lose, the punishment is death for the entire crew of the Enterprise.

Order the DVDswritten by Russell Bates and David Wise
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Kulkukan), James Doohan (Ensign Walking Bear), Nichelle Nichols (Female officer), James Doohan (Male officer)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Counter-Clock Incident

Star Trek ClassicStardate 6770.3: The Enterprise is en route to Babel on a fairly routine mission, ferrying Commodore Robert April (the Enterprise’s first captain) and his wife (the ship’s original medical officer) to a retirement ceremony on Babel. When an immensely powerful ship of unknown origins blasts past the Enterprise on an apparent death dive into a nearby supernova, Kirk tries to stop it with the tractor beam – which only has the effect of dragging the Enterprise into the exploding star with the other ship. Somehow, both ships survive, but find themselves in a different universe where the laws of time and space no longer apply. The crew of the other ship originate from this dimension, where time runs backward and instead of gaining knowledge, their race is losing knowledge as each generation regresses rapidly into infancy. This temporal effect also renders the Enterprise crew too young and inexperienced to find their way back home – and Commodore April must take the Enterprise’s captain’s chair one more time to save Kirk and the current crew.

Order the DVDswritten by John Culver (a.k.a. Fred Bronson)
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Commodore April), Majel Barrett (Mrs. April), Majel Barrett (Karla 5), James Doohan (Karl 4)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

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