Episode: "The Jihad"
Series: Star Trek: The Animated Series
Season 1, Episode 16
Original Air Date: January 12, 1974
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A team of adventurers on a quest for an object of great value: it's a classic fantasy template but an unusual choice for Trek. For some critics, that was a good thing. For others, not so much. Personally, I'm always happy to see a break from formula.
Thoughts on Season 1
I don't know if the animated series would be enough to sell a newcomer on Star Trek but it's a lot of fun for the faithful. The animation technology was hardly cutting edge by 21st century standards but it was still light years ahead of the live action capabilities of the era. The writers for the series were encouraged to take full advantage of the broader canvas. The result is a deeper experience of Trek's universe.
Favorite Episode: "Yesteryear"
"Yesteryear" is the most important TAS story in regards to the overall Star Trek canon. In fact, it provides more back story for a principal character than any TOS episode either. Through the miracle of time travel, we visit Spock's childhood on Vulcan. While that would be enough on its own to qualify "Yesteryear" for the top spot, the clincher for me is the character of Thelin. Thelin is the Enterprise's First Officer in an alternate time stream. Even though he knows it will have significant consequences for himself, he gives Spock his blessing to go back and set the past right. His generosity is well in keeping with the spirit of the show.
Least Favorite Episode: "The Infinite Vulcan"
I've gotta say, there aren't too many clunkers in this collection. While the best TAS episodes fall well short of the best TOS stories, the quality of the first TAS season is reasonably consistent. The writing for "The Infinite Vulcan" isn't the greatest (sorry, Walter) but even so, there were story elements I enjoyed. For instance...
Favorite New Character: Agmar
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Amazingly, there are only six episodes left. The second and final season of TAS was a short one. 1974 was all about Watergate. By the time Trek returned in September, Richard Nixon had resigned as President of the United States. The day after the second season premiered, Nixon was pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford.
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