CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
September 8, 1973
Run Time: 24:10
Episode 1 – “Beyond The Farthest Star”
While performing a routine star charting mission, a red alert is sounded. Situation involves the Enterprise being rapidly pulled toward a planet in some sort of “hyper gravity” described by Mr. Spock. Captain Kirk orders Sulu to try and prevent a collision and move into orbit. Sulu compensates in the final seconds and the ship moves into an orbit velocity around the dead planet.
An alien starship sends a radio signal that Uhura receives and reports. Spock reports that the ship is dead and dates it as being in orbit around the planet for over 300 million years. Kirk orders an away mission with Dr. McCoy, Spock and Scotty to teleport over to the alien ship, complete with life support belts. They arrive and Spock theorizes that the crew aboard the ship destroyed themselves.
With a mystery to solve the crew must suddenly deal with a threat that emerges on the ghost ship and follows them back to the Enterprise. Will they remained trapped, orbiting around the dead planet or defeat the enemy and regain control of the Enterprise?
Although an animated series, this feels like it could have been part of the original series. So much that D.C Fontana, the executive who oversaw the scripts referred to it as the fourth season of the Original Season that fans wanted. All the original actors returned to offer voices except for Walter Koenig who played Chekov. Each episode was budgeted $75,000 and the animation, while not anything that spectacular or different, still holds up in 2020.
Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½