The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: The Counter-Clock Incident

The Enterprise flies through a white void with black stars

While trying to save an alien ship, the Enterprise is dragged into a mysterious parallel universe where time runs in reverse. Kirk and the crew begin working with the natives of this universe to find a way home, but when the entire crew starts rapidly ageing in reverse, they have to act quickly.

Well, here we are, at the unremarkable end of this unremarkable series. With its parallel universe where black stars “shine” in a white void, this episode was one of the few that had stuck in my mind over the years. What I’d forgotten, it turned out, was quite how bad the actual plot is. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: How Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth

The dragon god Kukulkan

While tracing the origin of a mysterious alien probe, the Enterprise encounters a powerful alien being who once came to Earth as the Mayan god Kukulkan. Kukulkan has been waiting for centuries for humans to call him back to Earth, but when he realises that he is largely forgotten, he decides to set a test for the Enterprise crew. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: The Slaver Weapon

While transporting a rare “stasis box” to Starbase 25, the shuttlecraft Copernicus falls into a trap laid by the Kzinti, a rare of fierce warrior felines. Now Spock, Uhura and Sulu must figure out not only how to escape, but keep the contents of the stasis box out of Kzinti hands.

This episode was a big deal back when it aired. Given the chance to write for the show and bring some of his IP into the Star Trek universe, Larry Niven adapted his short story, “The Soft Weapon” into this, The Slaver Weapon. At the time, this was all very exciting, and lots of fans greatly enjoyed seeing Niven’s Kzinti show up in the Star Trek universe. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: The Ambergris Element

the Aquan council

The Enterprise is investigating Argo, a planet whose landmasses have become entirely submerged underwater. Events take an unexpected turn, however, when Kirk and Spock go missing after being attacked by a sea monster. When they are finally recovered, it turns out that their entirely physiology has been altered, turning them into water breathers! Unwilling to live underwater for the rest of their days, Kirk and Spock set about unravelling the mystery of their transformation. Continue reading