Beyond The Farthest Star.
In every explorer’s life, there comes a time when they become animated. Literally. And that time has come for Kirk and his crew. It's time to board the cartoon Enterprise and investigate the severe hypergravitational effects coming from Questar M-17!
In this episode of Saturday Morning Trek, hosts Aaron Harvey and Darren Moser return from jumping the timeline and review the very first episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, “Beyond the Farthest Star.” What was the reaction to the show back in the 1970s? Does it still hold up today? What is the connection between this episode and Tarzan? Strap on your lifebelts, take the second turbolift, and join them at the transporter pad to find out!
Skylab Launch News (00:05:39)
Airdates and Story Inspiration (00:06:58)
Voices and Guest Characters (00:09:48)
Darren's and Aaron’s Reaction (00:12:21)
Admiration for the Alien Pod Ship (00:17:18)
Keenser, Is That You? (00:20:28)
Reaction in the 1970s (00:21:45)
Trek Tech (00:24:51)
Animation Bloopers (00:28:25)
Aaron Harvey and Darren Moser
Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
Kerry O’Quinn Interview. The Starlog co-founder shares how he was writing a blog before there was such a thing, how he brought Star Trek and Star Wars together, and people told him he was going to hell.
Once Upon a Planet. The Enterprise crew revisits the fondly remembered "amusement park" planet, hoping for some rest and relaxation—which of course turns into kidnapping and the near destruction of the ship. We talk the pros and cons of this animated sequel to "Shore Leave."
Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 1. In 1969, before Star Trek premiered in England, British readers were introduced to the characters through an original comic book series. We look at volume one of the collected works with the man who put it all together.
Conventions in the 1970s. Today pop-culture conventions are commonplace, but in the 1970s they were something new and different. We look at the history of cons and how today's gatherings are rooted in the efforts of Star Trek 1970s' superfans.
Star Trek: Planet of the Titans. A unique design for a big-screen Enterprise grew out of Gene Roddenberry's early development of a first Star Trek film. While it never made it to screen, this design gets a second chance at life in Star Trek: Discovery.
The Magicks of Megas-Tu. When the Enterprise takes a jaunt to the point of the Big Bang, it parts ways with science. We discuss one of the strangest, most transgressive bits of Star Trek ever committed to film, and meet Lucifer at the center of the galaxy.
Interview with Dorothy Fontana. None other than the story editor and associate producer of Star Trek: The Animated series herself drops by the Trek.fm wood-paneled den to talk Trek and writing for television in the 1970s.
The Infinite Vulcan. A giant clone from the Eugenics Wars, living on a planet of sentient plants, wants to clone Spock in his own image apart of a galactic peacekeeping force. Yes, you did read that correctly. Join us as we try to weed through this giggle-worthy episode.
The Survivor. How would you react if your long lost fiancé returned to you? Then said he can’t marry you. Ever. And what if he turned out to be an alien? We tackle this and more when we meet "The Survivor."
More Tribbles, More Troubles. What happens when you feed a Tribble? If you said you get lots of little Tribbles, this time you'd be wrong! Revisit the world of prodigiously multiplying furry creatures in this sequel to “The Trouble with Tribbles.”
The Lorelei Signal. What happens when the Enterprise visits a planet populated entirely by women? All of the men lose the ability to think straight, of course. Thankfully Uhura and Nurse Chapel are ready to take command.
Andy Mangels Interview, Part 2. We continue our exploration of Filmation Associates, find out what the 1970s fan reaction was to The Animated Series, and what not to do if you are up for an Emmy.
Andy Mangels Interview, Part 1. Learn about the animated Star Trek that almost was—and how it differed from what we got—and delve into the animation powerhouse of the '70s and '80s with the man who wrote the book on it!
One of Our Planets Is Missing. What happens when the Enterprise encounters a living cloud that feeds on the planets that lie in its path? Find out as we review an animated adventure that follows all the tenants of a good TOS episode.
Yesteryear. Sarek, Amanda, Vulcan, sehlats, The Guardian of Forever, taunting Vulcan children. We examine how this famous episode of TAS stretches back to TOS and has ramifications into the future and even into alternate timelines.
Recasting The Animated Series. You need to be careful when choosing a crew for a starship, especially when that crew comprises cartoon characters! We choose our all-star crew for the animated U.S.S. Enterprise.
Beyond the Farthest Star. In every explorer’s life, there comes a time when they become animated. Literally. And that time has come for Kirk and his crew as we review the first episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series.
Walter Koenig Interview. Pavel Chekov may not have been on The Animated Series, but Walter Koenig did write an episode. Hear about his experiences with Gene Roddenberry, the fans, and his career as a writer.
Premier Episode. Welcome to Saturday Morning Trek, a podcast about Star Trek the Animated Series and everything Trek in the 1970s. Hosts Aaron and Darren provide an overview of what's to come and share their TAS experiences.