Episode: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"
Series: Star Trek: The Animated Series
Season 2, Episode 5
Original Air Date: October 5, 1974
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This was the episode that won the Outstanding Children's Series Emmy for Trek. For me, it's not quite all that. Our friends have encountered gods in their travels before, notably Apollo in TOS's "Who Mourns for Adonis?" The lesson, though, is different this time. Whereas Apollo was happy just to be worshipped, Kukulkan sought to teach humankind to be peaceful and was clearly disappointed in the result. Once again, the moral judgment of superior beings is an important theme.
While the story is a bit of a rehash, the artwork is beautiful, even by TAS standards. There were some extra hands on deck for the animation. A crew of Japanese artists contributed to the work, finishing out their contract from another Filmation project: Journey Back to Oz.
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