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
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
When the Enterprise pays a visit to the planet Dramia, Dr McCoy is placed under arrest for apparently having caused a plague some nineteen years earlier. In the hopes of clearing McCoy, Kirk and Spock launch an investigation – only to encounter a recurrence of the same plague. Continue reading
After the Enterprise passes through a strange energy cloud, the crew notice that they are becoming the butt of a series of increasingly silly – and dangerous – practical jokes. When it becomes clear that the culprit is none other than the ship’s computer, Kirk and crew must figure out how to deal with the issue. Continue reading
The Enterprise is playing host to an observer – Ari bn Bem from the planet Pandro. On a mission to observe the natives of an alien planet, Bem decides to accompany Kirk and his landing party, only to create trouble at every turn. Continue reading
When Spock catches a disease that is deadly to Vulcans, the Enterprise requests that a cure be rushed to them as quickly as possible. But when the ship bringing the cure is attacked and its cargo stolen, Kirk must track down the culprits before it’s too late. Continue reading
The galaxy is in imminent danger. The Skorr have lost their most precious religious artefact, and unless it can be retrieved, they will launch a devastating interstellar jihad. Desperate to prevent this outcome, the Vedala summon Kirk and Spock to participate in a dangerous mission to recover the artefact. Continue reading
The Enterprise heads to the planet Lactra VII in search of a missing team of Starfleet scientists. However, Kirk’s landing party soon discovers that the planet is home to a zoo of a interplanetary life forms – and that they are destined to be the newest exhibits. Continue reading
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 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