Stardate 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.
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