TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E7 – The Infinite Vulcan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
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?

Summary

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: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One thought on “TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E7 – The Infinite Vulcan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  1. Interestingly, James Doohan was not only a talented voice actor (in his native Canada, he was known as “The Man of a Thousand Voices”), but a bona fide veteran of the D-Day invasion at Juno Beach on June 6, 1944.

    Contrary to legend, Doohan was never a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force; he was a young lieutenant in the artillery regiment attached to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division who went ashore on the Canadian beach. In the late afternoon of that historic day, Doohan was returning to his unit’s command post when a startled sentry fired a shot that severed part of the future voice and screen actor’s right middle finger. (This is something that Doohan concealed by carefully placing his hand away from the scrutiny of the cameras.)

    After he recovered from his wound, Doohan learned to fly and was assigned as an Army pilot/artillery spotter. His habit of performing wild maneuvers in the air thus earned him the reputation of being the craziest flyer in the RCAF, even though he stayed in the Army and did not formally transfer to the air service.

    Jimmy Doohan is one of my favorite supporting cast members, and I love the fact that he did so many of the voices on this series.

    I met Walter Koenig at a Star Trek convention in Tampa in 1989. He was a fun featured panelist, and he subtly warned us that “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” was definitely going to be not as good as the previous film. He didn’t (because he couldn’t) say anything overtly, but you could tell by how he said, “Well, it’s gonna be…different from ‘The Voyage Home.'” (It wasn’t what he said that was the tip-off; it was his tone of voice and the look on his face that revealed his feelings about the movie.)

    Awesome write-up, Todd!

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