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Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Eye of the Beholder

The Enterprise go looking for a lost expedition and a landing party finds the missing crew: trapped in an alien zoo in which they themselves are soon taken as prisoners. Now they must somehow establish communications with their evolved slug-like captors who think of them as primitive animals.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 22016
Airdate: Saturday January 05th, 1974

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Guest Stars
James Doohan
voiced Lieutenant Commander Tom Markel, Lactrans
Majel Barrett
voiced Randi Bryce
Main Cast
William Shatner
voiced Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard Nimoy
voiced Commander Spock
DeForest Kelley
voiced Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy
James Doohan
voiced Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Lt. Arex
Majel Barrett
voiced Nurse Christine Chapel, Lt. M'Ress


The Enterprise orbits a planet, Lactra 7, to find a missing six-member science crew. The Ariel is deserted and the last log is from Lt. Commander Markel, who was unable to contact the three members who went down in the first landing party. Markel and the remaining two crew members went down to find them. Kirk is less than thrilled that Markel violated standing orders and sent everyone down. Spock reports that Lactra 7 is a Class M planet with no previous information. The crew went down five weeks ago, and Spock is unable to speculate further on the planet's inhabitants without a complete scan. Kirk orders a landing party down to the same coordinates that Markel used. McCoy objects that it's a risk but Kirk insists...

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Episode Quotes
Kirk: The captain of a ship, no matter his rank, must follow the book.
Spock: A capability, I'm afraid, out of the reach of most humans.
McCoy: You Vulcans are the most impossible, unimaginative...
Kirk: Bones, that's not helping the situation.

Kirk: According to their log they beamed down six weeks ago.
Spock: Five weeks, three days, two hours, and four minutes to be exact, Captain.
Kirk: Careless of me, Mister Spock.

McCoy: Strange you didn't get a voice reply.
Spock: There could be many reasons why we did not.
McCoy: Well, never mind counting them.

McCoy: Thanks. The--the air was running out under there.
Kirk: Were you hurt?
McCoy: No, just surprised. It isn't every day a dinosaur falls on you.

McCoy: My shoes are full of sand.
Spock: Doctor, your lack of scientific interest is amazing.
McCoy: I'll be happy to discuss that with you, Mr. Spock, next time you drop into my medical lab.

Kirk: This seems like random choice.
Spock: Unless, of course, the random choice is the pattern.
McCoy: Spock, do you ever say anything straight out?
Spock: I thought I just did, Doctor.

Kirk: A forcefield. It seems harmless enough.
McCoy: So do the bars of a jail unless you're on the inside.

Kirk: You seem to be getting a response.
Spock: My impression is that... they're laughing at me.
Lieutenant Commander Markel: So far, Mr. Spock, we haven't found anything funny in this.
Spock: Animals in a zoo rarely do.

Kirk: What else do they know about us?
Spock: We are considered simplistic, but in the process of evolving into a higher order.
McCoy: Even Vulcans?
Spock: Yes, even Vulcans.

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
Warning: Star Trek: The Animated Series season 1 episode 15 guide may contain spoilers
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