CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
November 17, 1973
Run Time: 24 minutes
Episode 11 – “The Terratin Incident”
While investigating a planet gone supernova, Arachna, a two-hundred year old coded signal causes the Enterprise to divert to the nearby planet. The signal contains a repeating word, “Terratin.” Upon arriving at the planet, the ship is hit by a large yellow beam and begins to cause the entire crew to shrink.
Will the crew be able to stop the shrinking process before they are too small to operate the ship?
After watching 11 episodes, a familiar, repeating story formula appears. The Enterprise is usually researching something on a planet or in space when something unusual happens. Often the conflict worsens to the point of where death or severe harm appears imminent, only to find a solution in the ending.
What’s missing from these shorter episodes is the intro and coda at the end. Instead of having the cold open, the animated episodes start with the title sequence and goes directly into the action.
This episode is perhaps most obvious it’s fitting into a specific type of formula. It’s an entertaining episode, albeit a bit predictable once we know the basic framework.
Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️