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The Eye of the Beholder


Series : The Animated Series Rating : 2
Disc No : 6 Episode : 15
First Aired : 5 Jan 1974 Stardate : 5501.2
Director : Hal Sutherland Year : 2268
Writers : David P. Harmon Season : 1
Guest Cast :
James Doohan as Lieutenant Commander Tom Markel Majel Barrett as Randi Bryce
YATI : The crew of the U.S.S. Ariel are wearing the insignia of the Enterprise, something that should not happen during the TOS timeframe.
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Factoid : My year for this episode is estimated from the Stardate; it is one of a group of TAS episodes set between 'For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky' and 'Is There in Truth no Beauty?'


Searching for the missing starship Ariel, Kirk, beams down to the planet Lactra VII. His landing party is captured by the locals, huge slug-like creatures who are holding the Ariel crew in a zoo-like facility. Kirk must convince the Lactrans that it is wrong to hold less intelligent lifeforms captive.


A by-the-numbers story which parallels many others, most notably "The Cage", but which lacks any real originality or interest. Again the makers used the animated format to give us non-Humanoid aliens, which is nice. Beyond that, though, there is little to reccomend this episode.

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Copyright Graham Kennedy Page views : 10,137 Last updated : 22 Aug 2004