Several years later after the first Star Trek series had ended, the crew appeared again in an animated series. It continues more of the adventures of the original series and is presumably in the fourth year of the five-year mission.
Star Trek now takes advantage of the unlimited special effects provided by animation to provide more landscaping to alien planets, and alien ships, and more elaborate adventures and new technology. The crew uses life support belts whenever needed, whenever they are in space, underwater, or whenever the life support fails to operate. The deflector shields are now visible, and the Enterprise looks closer to when it gets renovated, but still has many of the features that the Enterprise had when we first see it in the 1960s. Other examples of advanced special effects are when the the crew shrinks to 1 cm, and there are giant identical duplicates of people, including Spock. A giant fire-breathing two-headed dragon also appears. They also use the animation effects to introduce different aliens, such as aliens that lived underwater, and aliens that resemble insects and plants. There are more aliens seen in Starfleet. One historian is a humanoid bird.
More crew members are introduced, such as the felinoid M'Ress and the tripedal Arex. However, Checkov and Rand are not seen, although Walter Koenig is a writer for the series.
There were sequels to many of the things that happened earlier, including several stories that were screened but not aired. One of those stories involves more of the furry tribbles, and there is another story involving conman Harry Mudd.
There is an ongoing debate by many people that this series, and many story lines that are introduced in novels, are not considered to be "canon" with the remaining Star Trek series, despite the many facts and examples of the Star Trek references and technology and characters. They continue the stories from the first series, and even is adapted from some of the canceled scripts. Many elements of this series are used in the following Star Trek TV shows and movies. We get to learn that James T. Kirk's middle name is Tiberius, Spock's mother is named Amanda Grayson, Robert April is the first captain of the Enterprise, Uhura is now seen in command of the bridge of the Enterprise, and the saying "Beam us up, Scotty" is also heard spoken on screen for the first time. The first holodeck is also introduced. In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Sarek mentions some of the events that happened in this series, and some of the elements used in this series are also seen in comic books and novels. Peter David writes some of this, and Lt. M'Ress is in one of the Star Trek: New Frontier stories.
Star Trek: The Animated Series is produced by Lou Scheimer & Norm Prescott, directed primarily by Hal Sutherland, and supervised by D.C Fontana and Gene L. Coon, and Gene Roddenberry is the executive producer. Many writers, including Walter Koenig, were involved with the first Star Trek series. This series was produced in association with Filmation.
Filmation is known for using many budget saving techniques and in being well written. Both are true for this series. Some static backgrounds are seen, animation is re-used, and lip synching is avoided as much as possible by not showing the characters that were talking whenever they could. Some examples are showing other characters that aren't saying anything, or the characters that are speaking might be seen with their hands over their mouths. Unless the characters were seen in live action in the first series, they were voiced by Majel Barrett, Nichelle Nichols, and James Doohan.
The script writing and concepts (mostly by writers from the original series) are generally of high quality (the show won an Emmy for best Children's Programming in '73) and the show is in many worthy of inclusion in the Trek annals.
The Counter-Clock In..
Oct 12, 1974
Season 2 episode 6
How Sharper Than a S..
Oct 05, 1974
Season 2 episode 5
Sep 28, 1974
Season 2 episode 4
The Practical Joker
Sep 21, 1974
Season 2 episode 3
Sep 14, 1974
Season 2 episode 2
The Pirates of Orion
Sep 07, 1974
Season 2 episode 1
Jan 12, 1974
Season 1 episode 16
Recaps2x6: The Counter-Clock Incident recap
: The Enterprise
is on course for Babel with two Federation dignitaries: the Enterprise
's first captain, Robert April, and his wife Sarah. For the last 20 years, Commodore April has been a Federation ambassador-at-large, and will be honored at Babel for his achievements. At the age of 75, Robert is facing mandatory retirement. He is on the bridge with Kirk when McCoy comes up with Sarah, who designed many of the instruments in Sickbay as the first medical officer aboard a warp-capable ship. Sarah is carrying a Capellan flower, with a lifespan of only a few hours... read more.2x5: How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth? recap
: The Enterprise
is tracing an unknown alien space probe that scanned the Federation, going back along its projected route. The probe self-destructed before it could be captured. As they start to lose the trace, they reduce speed and detect a vessel at extreme range, coming in on the same course as the probe. Kirk has the acting helmsman, Ensign Walking Bear, reduce speed. As it approaches, they determine it is twice the Enterprise
's size, made of crystalline ceramic, and surrounded by a unique energy field. The vessel attacks and the Enterprise
loses speed as they are surrounded by a globular force field, flexible enough to absorb any force... read more.2x4: Albatross recap
: The Enterprise
delivers medical supplies to the planet Dramia. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy meet with the Supreme Prefect and his council and have a final meeting once the supplies are delivered. However, the Supreme Prefect asks for a moment of their time and has Commander Demos present a warrant for the arrest of Dr. McCoy. He stands accused of spreading a plague that killed hundreds of colonists on Dramia II 19 years ago. The warrant is approved by the Federation and they have no choice but to turn McCoy over. Kirk and Spock go to the Hall of Justice where Demos explains that McCoy headed an inoculation program and after he left, the plague struck. Kirk is leery of Dramian justice, believing the trial will be a kangaroo court. They meet with McCoy, who admits he isn't sure. Kirk is confident of his innocence and prepares to leave for Dramia II to insure. Once they're gone, the security guard assures McCoy that Dramian justice is swift, and notifies his superiors. Demos prepares to depart in a scout ship... read more.2x3: The Practical Joker recap
: The Enterprise
is on a geological survey near the Neutral Zone and finishes ahead of schedule. As they check the last asteroid, three Romulan ships open fire on them. Outnumbered and damaged in the initial salvo, Kirk orders a course away. Uhura contacts the Romulan commander, who claims that the Enterprise
is trespassing in Romulan space. When Kirk threatens to report the violation, the Romulan commander reminds him that violating the Neutral Zone is a capital offense and signs off. The Romulan ships continue their bombardment as the Enterprise
passes an unidentified energy field. Kirk orders Sulu to take them in so they can duck the Romulans... read more.2x2: Bem recap
: The Enterprise
is conducting exploratory missions and playing host to Ambassador and Honorary Commander Ari bn Bem, a representative of a recently contacted alien species, the Pandroisans. The ship arrives at Delta Theta III, a newly discovered Class M planet with possible aboriginal inhabitants. Kirk takes down a landing party of himself, Spock, Sulu, and Scotty, to plant monitoring devices. He warns the landing party to beam up immediately at any signs of trouble. They go to the transporter room where Bem is setting the beamdown coordinates. He insists on going with them and Kirk is surprised, noting he's spent the last six missions in his quarters. He warns that the mission could be hazardous but Bem insists on going... read more.