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The Survivor

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Title :
The Survivor
Series :
The Animated Series
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First Aired :
13 Oct 1973
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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
In one scene Lieutenant Nored's insignia is shown on the wrong side of her uniform.
Great Moment :
The non-violent resolution.
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'.


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?


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.

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