Search
Cookie Usage Statistics Colour Key Sudden Death Monthly Poll Caption Comp eMail Author Shops
Ships Fleets Weaponry Species People Timelines Calculators Photo Galleries
Stations Design Lineage Size Charts Battles Science / Tech Temporal Styling Maps / Politics
Articles Reviews Lists Recreation Search Site Guide What's New Forum
The Original Series
Cast Crew Episodes list Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Best of trek Worst of trek
The Next Generation
Cast Crew Episodes list Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7 Best of trek Worst of trek
Deep Space Nine
Cast Crew Episodes list Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7 Best of trek Worst of trek
Voyager
Cast Crew Episodes list Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7 Best of trek Worst of trek
Enterprise
Cast Crew Episodes list Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Best of trek Worst of trek
The Animated Series
Cast Crew Episodes list Season 1 Season 2 Best of trek Worst of trek
Films
Films List The Motion Picture The Wrath of Khan The Search for Spock The Voyage Home The Final Frontier Undiscovered Country Generations First Contact Insurrection Nemesis Star Trek Star Trek Into Darkness Star Trek Beyond
Books
Encyclopedia Chronology TOS Tech Manual TNG Tech Manual DS9 Tech Manual TNG Companion DS9 Companion VOY Companion The Klingon Dictionary Mr Scott's Guide Inside Star Trek The Art of Star Trek Star Charts TOS Nitpickers TNG Nitpickers DS9 Nitpickers Quotable Star Trek
Destiny
Gods of Night Mere Mortals Lost Souls
Titan
Taking Wing The Red King Orion's Hounds Sword of Damocles Over a Torrent Sea Synthesis Fallen Gods
Starbase Vanguard
Harbinger Summon The Thunder Reap The Whirlwind Open Secrets
Other Books
All books
Games
Games
Statistics
Episode statistics Actor statistics Writer statistics Director statistics Rating system

The Terratin Incident

ReviewImagesDatapointsQuotesMorals
TimelinePreviousNextYour View
Series :
The Animated Series
Rating :
3
Disc No :
Episode :
11
First Aired :
17 Nov 1973
Stardate :
5577.3
Director :
Year :
Writers :
Season :
Guest Cast :
James Doohan as Gabler
James Doohan as Mendent of Terratin
Nichelle Nichols as Mess Officer Briel
YATI :
At one point Arex complains that he is now so small that his eyes no longer reach his station's opticals. The navigator's station has no opticals.
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?'

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


Plotline

The Enterprise receives a garbled signal from the Cepheus system. Whilst investigating, the crew are paralysed by a mysterious energy discharge. Afterwards they find that all organic matter on the ship is shrinking! Kirk finds a colony of miniature Humans on the surface of the planet, which is being threatened by the conditions there.

Analysis

This is an episode where the makers use the real benefit of animation - there is no way TOS would have been able to show the Enterprise crew shrinking, the FX technology of the time simply wasn't up to it. It's amusing watching the ever-smaller crew trying to operate the Enterprise by pushing oversized buttons, though you have to wonder why they couldn't just set up a voice interface when things began to get a bit out of hand. The basic plot doesn't make a lot of sense though - why don't the Terratins just explain their situation and ask for help in the first place, and why is Kirk reluctant to help them later on? Because it serves the script, that's why not.

Special Edition


© Graham & Ian Kennedy Page views : 14,022 Last updated : 22 Aug 2004