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The Survivor

Review

Series : The Animated Series Rating : 2
Disc No : 3 Episode : 6
First Aired : 13 Oct 1973 Stardate : 5143.3
Director : Hal Sutherland Year : 2268
Writers : James Schmerer Season : 1
Guest Cast :
James Doohan as Gabler
James Doohan as Romulan Commander
Majel Barrett as Computer Voice
Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenent Ann Nored
Ted Knight as Carter Winston
YATI : In one scene Lieutenant Nored's insignia is shown on the wrong side of her uniform.
Great Moment : The non-violent resolution.
Body Count :
Factoid : This is the first TAS episode to feature Lieutenant M'Ress.

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'.


Plotline

The Enterprise discovers long-lost philanthropist Carter Winston on board a damaged ship near the Romulan Neutral Zone. His fiancée, Lieutenant Anne Nored, is an Enterprise crewmember who is overjoyed to be reunited with Winston. Unfortunately, Winston is actually a Vendorian, a shapeshifting alien life form. Impersonating Kirk, Winston orders the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone and then disables the ship. Can anything save the crew from a Romulan attack?

Analysis

A fairly by-the-numbers episode with shades of many TOS outings, this one is mostly interesting because of the alien involved. Although we've seen many shape shifters over the years, I don't hink Trek has ever explored the idea of a shape shifter which actually becomes the thing it imitates mentally as well as physically. It's a nice concept, and it provides an interesting non-violent way to resolve the situation. The idea that Winston could imitate a deflector shield is a little strange; as I recall the novelisation suggests that he is in fact imitating not the shield itself but the machine which generates it, something that makes a lot more sense.
Copyright Graham Kennedy Page views : 4,824 Last updated : 4 Aug 2004