8/13/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Time Trap"

Vital Information
Series: The Animated Series
Episode: S01E12
Air Date: November 24, 1973
Written by: Joyce Perry
Directed by: Hal Sutherland

Premise
The Bermuda Triangle in space. Other than that, I'm not too sure...

Review
So, the Enterprise goes to investigate the Delta Triangle which is pretty much the Bermuda Triangle in space, because that's always a good idea. When they get there, sensors start to fail and things get all wonky, and to make matters worse, a Klingon ship attacks! It comes up and demands surrender, but then disappears and reappears and finally the Enterprise decides to skip it and warps out. Then they get caught in an ion storm and enter a space/time vortex wherein is a starship graveyard. With starships from every race, every time, every sector of the galaxy.

The Klingons follow them in, though, and they continue fighting. Which is unfortunate because the people who live there have strict rules against fighting. There's a ruling council of about 123 races who got stuck in this dimension from all over the place called the Elysia. Their job is to make sure that everyone lives together peacefully. And acts of violence are dealt with swiftly. So now they have to deal with Kirk and Kor. (Oh, did I mention the Klingon that followed them was Kor?)
Awkward...
So, basically, the Kirk and Kor have to get along or else face the consequences. So they beam back to their respective ships and try to figure out a way out of the Delta Triangle. Kor seems to find a way, but with his own ship he is unable to do it. So he meets with Kirk and they devise a solution to hook his ship up to the Enterprise and use their combined power to rip a hole through the dimension. So now they're all buddies, right? Well, when Kor is alone with his officer he reveals his plan to leave a bomb on Kirk's ship, so... not really.

But Spock picks up on this right away and starts being pals with the Klingons. It's all just a ruse, however, to gain their trust enough to touch them. And when he does, he uses a Vulcan mind touch to learn that Kor's intention is to destroy the Enterprise as soon as they're out of the warp. He doesn't know, however, how. The how is learned only seconds after they start implementing their plan. Magen, who was a telepathic being on the council sees in her mind that the Klingons put an explosive in engineering and the council immediately warns Kirk.
Good-n-Plenty in the control panel! Quick! Eat it!
Spock races to pick up the explosive and then throws it in an ejection panel to save the day. They Klingons and the Enterprise safely make it back to normal space and the explosive device activates far away from any ships. Hurray!

Overall Thoughts
I just don't understand where any of this was going. Was there any greater point to it at all? The Klingons never learned to get along with the Humans, but, like good Klingons, they acted like it. There was no character growth or anything it was just... off into some distant dimension and back again. Not even the council seemed interested in growing past being stuck in the Triangle. Meh.