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The Time Trap

Review

Series : The Animated Series Rating : 4
Disc No : 5 Episode : 12
First Aired : 24 Nov 1973 Stardate : 5267.2
Director : Hal Sutherland Year : 2268
Writers : Joyce Perry Season : 1
Guest Cast :
George Takei as Klingon #1
George Takei as Commander Kuri
James Doohan as Bell
James Doohan as Gabler
James Doohan as Kaz
James Doohan as Captain Kor
James Doohan as Xerius
Nichelle Nichols as Devna
Nichelle Nichols as Magen
YATI : Early on, Kirk gives the Stardate as 52.2. Later he says it is now 5267.6. It seems that he missed the 67 out of the first date.

The SS Bonaventure is claimed to be the first ship fitted with warp drive; in fact that honour goes to the Pheonix seen in 'Star Trek : First Contact'. Of course it's a bit unrealistic to expect TAS to have anticipated this thirty or so years in advance!

Great Moment : Kirk and Kor, working together.
Body Count :
Factoid : This episode, marks the final appearance of the smooth-forehead version of the Klingons. Six years and two weeks later, 'Star Trek : The Motion Picture' hit cinemas with a new look for the Klingons; the look would be changed again for 'Star Trek III : The Search for Spock', and this look would be used in all future Star Trek series. However, smooth-headed Klingons would reappear in the DS9 episode 'Trials and Tribble-ations' when the Defiant travelled back in time to TOS.

My year for this episode is estimated from the Stardate; it is one of a group of TAS episodes set between 'The Empath' and 'The Mark of Gideon'.

This episode is a winner of the DITL "Best of Trek" award.


Plotline

Exploring a dangerous and mysterious region of space known as the Delta Triangle, the Enterprise is attacked by Klingon ships. The Enterprise follows one of the Klingon ships into an anomaly and finds itself in another dimension. Both Kirk and the Klingon captain, Kor, are put on trial by the inhabitants of this dimension, called Elysia, made up of species from all over the galaxy. Their leader, a Vulcan named Xerius, explains that nobody has ever been able to escape from this area, so the descendants of the crews have learned to co-exist in a peaceful state. Can Kirk and Kor combine their forces and find a way back to their own universe?

Analysis

One of the better TAS episodes, this has obvious parallels to Voyager's "The Void" - maybe the writers of that episode were inspired by this one? Seeing how all the different species trapped in Elysia have come to work together is nice, although personally I prefer the Voyager approach where we actually got to see Janeway building her alliance from the start. It's also interesting that Kirk and Kor had to work together, not the first time that Kirk would have to work alongside a Klingon to overcome a common threat.


Copyright Graham Kennedy Page views : 1,646 Last updated : 4 Aug 2004