CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
October 20, 1973
Run Time: 24 minutes
Written by Walter Koenig (Chekov on The Original Series)
Episode 7 – “The Infinite Vulcan”
The Enterprise is visiting the newly established planet Phylos and landing party is on the surface. Lieutenant Sulu sees a moving plant called a Retclaw, bends down and picks it up, only to be poked by something in the plant. Seconds later he collapses, poisoned. Doctor McCoy attempts to help Sulu when a living green plant appears and saves Sulu’s life.
Next, the plant people kidnap Spock, leading to a conflict with Kirk and team to retrieve Spock. Why do they want Spock?
Chekov (Walter Koenig) from The Original Series (TOS) was the only primary cast member that didn’t return to be represented in the animated series, due to budgetary reasons. He was invited to submit this script, which is different and interesting.
Good dialogue, voice acting, a plot that could have been another adventure on TOS, an all around solid, fun, entertaining episode. The plant people design is curious as well. They probably look better animated than they would have looked in the 70s. I’m guessing better than the Gorn did in TOS, with the phony non-moving mouth.
The alien that replaced Chekov as a regular ship navigator sitting next to Sulu was voiced by Scotty (James Doohan). Check this episode out, it’s well worth watching.
Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️