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Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Terratin Incident

The Enterprise responds to an old-style distress signal from an unknown "Terratin" colony, and follow it to its source: an uninhabited planet about to shatter from internal stress. However, a mysterious beam strikes the ship and the crew begins to shrink... and shrink...

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x11
Production Number: 22015
Airdate: Saturday November 17th, 1973

Guest Stars
James DoohanJames Doohan
voiced Mendent of Terratin, Gabler
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
voiced Mess Officer Briel
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
voiced Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
voiced Commander Spock
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
voiced Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy
James DoohanJames Doohan
voiced Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Lt. Arex
George TakeiGeorge Takei
voiced Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
voiced Nurse Christine Chapel, Lt. M'Ress


The Enterprise is performing a scientific survey near a burned-out supernova, Arachna, as it enters its cycle of strongest emissions. Uhura picks up interference on subspace radio but doesn't recognize it as any kind of signal. The transmission is coming from the supernova's only satellite, Cepheus, from an area that has never had any transmissions before. Spock identifies a one word pattern in antiquated Intersat code. The word is T-E-R-R-A-T-I-N, sent twice. The transmission stops and the computers are unable to identify the word "Terratin." Kirk decides to investigate and they set in a course for Cepheus, even though McCoy considers it a waste of time...

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Episode Quotes
Kirk: Spock, are you slumping?
Spock: I have never slumped in my life, Captain.

Mendent of Terratin: I do not know how to beg. I can only request. Save as many of my people as you can.

Mendent of Terratin: We name you honorary Terratins]now and for all time to come.
Spock: We came rather close to making it more than honorary.
Kirk: Yes. I'd say about a 16th of an inch close.

Episode Goofs
When Arex shrinks, he says that he can't reach the opticals. However, he mans Navigation, which doesn't have an optical.

Spock comments on the coral in the aquarium, and says that it is shrinking while the inorganic meteor rock remains the same size. However, the coral comes almost up to his chin, and is clearly too large to have been that size in the aquarium when it was normal-sized.

When Spock is in Sickbay and says that he will calculate when they will start shrinking, his badge is in the normal place.

When he turns to leave, the badge instantly disappears.

When Chapel gets the miniature laser, it is a solid disk with no lines on it.

As she falls into the water, the disk is now a torus.

When she gets out of the water, the disk is solid but with a line demarcating where the hole int center was previously.

The Enterprise beams down at least shrunken four crewmen into the Terratin city to get the dilithium. However, as established earlier, when the Enterprise beams down crewmen, they revert to normal size.

When Kirk looks at the Terratin city at the end, the macroscope is tilted at an angle.

However, the view is if he were at ground level with the Terratins.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
ProducerLou Scheimer  |  Norm Prescott
Associate ProducerD.C. Fontana
MusicNorm Prescott  |  Ray Ellis
Story EditorD.C. Fontana
Art DirectorDon Christensen
Supervising DirectorHal Sutherland
Background ArtistDon Peters (1)  |  Karen Shaffner  |  Paul Xander  |  Maurice Harvey  |  Tom O'Loughlin  |  Pat Keppler  |  Curt Perkins  |  Boris Gorelick  |  Rolando Oliva  |  Janet Brown (2)
Production ManagerRock Benedetto
Executive ConsultantGene Roddenberry
Special EffectsReuben Timmins
Editorial SupervisorJoseph Simon  |  Doreen A. Dixon
Camera SupervisorR.W. Pope
LayoutCliff Voorhees  |  Robert Kline (2)  |  Virgil Raddatz  |  John Perry (1)  |  Carol Lundberg  |  Malcolm Weizer  |  George Goode  |  James Koukos  |  Tom Burton  |  Martin Muller  |  Jim Willoughby  |  Wes Herschensohn  |  Ken Leonard  |  Lorna Smith  |  Les Kaluza  |  George Jensen  |  Dick Hall (1)  |  Warren Marshall  |  Wendell Washer  |  George Wheeler  |  Maria Bennett  |  Glen Keane  |  Christopher Lane (1)
Key Assistant AnimatorMike Hazy  |  Bill House
StoryboardJack Miller (1)  |  Louise Sandoval  |  Michael O'Connor (5)  |  Ken Southworth  |  Dawn Huntley  |  Paul Fennell  |  Sherman Labby  |  Dale Hale
Director Of ColorErvin Kaplan
Key LayoutAlberto De Mello  |  Kay Wright  |  Herb Hazelton
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