8/6/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "More Tribbles, More Troubles"

Vital Information
Series: The Animated Series
Episode: S01E05
Air Date: October 6, 1973
Written by: David Gerrold
Directed by: Hal Sutherland

Premise
The Klingons come up with two more weapons to fight off their two greatest enemies, the Federation... and tribbles.

Review
So there's this new wheat in town called quintotriticale. It would seem that the quatrotriticale that the Federation planted on Sherman's Planet didn't take hold for as long as they thought it would, so now they came up with a new batch of wheat to cure the famine that has ensued. So, the Enterprise is escorting some robot ships full of the stuff to Sherman's Planet when suddenly they run into their good friend Captain Koloth. Except this time he sounds a whole lot like Scotty trying to disguise his voice.

They find a human signal in the Klingon ship, so, naturally, they assume it's a prisoner. They lock on to the signal and engage Koloth in combat. During the battle, the gloriously mustachioed transporter chief beams aboard the signal to find another dear friend of the ship's: Cyrano Jones, purveyor of dubiously acquired goods... and tribbles. When last we saw Cyrano Jones, he was sentenced by Kirk to clean up the K-7 station of every last tribble, a job that should have taken him 17.9 years. He explains that he got done early with the help of his little friend, the glommer.
And here we see a glommer in his natural habitat: eating a tribble.
What he doesn't say is that the Klingons invented the glommer. [Spoilers!] Meanwhile, Koloth is attacking the Enterprise with a new weapon that completely disables the ship, but takes a long time to charge back up. So, during the recharge, they get settled and, since one of the transport ships was damaged, they take the grain back into the Enterprise. Cyrano has also explained that his new breed of tribble, while a delightful shade of pink, has also been modified to not be able to breed. So that's nice. They're not going to take over the ship with numbers, right?

So, now there's a whole ship full of both tribbles and grain. What could possibly go wrong? Well, let me tell you! The tribbles may not be able to breed, but what they can do is grow! And they grow so big that the glommer isn't able to eat them. One tribble in particular is fond of Kirk's chair. And he keeps growing bigger and bigger so eventually Kirk can't push him out. In the meantime, Koloth wants Cyrano back because he introduced a "biological terror" on them. And he's going to keep using his ultimate weapon until they hand him over. So Kirk gets a great idea. He beams the tribbles over to the Klingon ship where they'll be no tribble at all.
Either that or Koloth has a new beanbag chair.
The tribbles get into everything and disallow the Klingon crew to do their jobs. And then McCoy finds out that while the tribbles may not be multiplying, they're still pregnant. They are so big because there are a whole bunch of new tribbles inside of them. So, once they're hit, they explode into a million little tribbles. The Klingons find that out very quickly. So, instead of Cyrano Jones, they settle for taking the glommer so they can get rid of the tribble menace. And then Scotty proclaims that if you're going to have tribbles, may all your tribbles be tiny.

Overall Thoughts
Fun, clever, cute, this is a standard tribble episode. Quite a lovely diversion from the norm. And I think it even works with the animation this time. There may have been a few awkward pauses in the animation, but otherwise it was great.