TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E5 – More Tribbles More Troubles ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1
CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
October 6, 1973
Run Time: 28 minutes

Episode 5 – “More Tribbles More Troubles”

The Enterprises encounters a Klingon warbird attacking a Federation scout ship. The Klingons have a powerful new weapon. The scout ship has no chance against the Klingon strength and firepower and is destroyed. Scotty is able to beam out the captain of the scout ship and some cargo just in time, however, the Klingons turn their attention to attacking the Enterprise.

The weapon saps the energy of its target, leaving the Enterprise and the Klingon ship weakened. While recharging, the Klingon command says they will not turn away if they get the captain of the ship.

In the transporter room, Scotty beams in Cerino Jones, the scout ship captain and, per the title, TRIBBLES!


Must admit, I was thrown off by Cerino Jones instead of Harry Mudd as the intergalactic smuggler and thief behind the tribbles. Must not have had the budget to hire either of the actors (Rainn Wilson and Roger Carmel) behind Mudd? He was in a couple notable episodes of The Original Series, including “The Trouble With The Tribbles” Those fat, cushiony tribbles are on an eating binge. They have an Attack of the Killer Tomatoes vibe to them.

This episode started out strong with the Klingon battle and kind of petered out as it went along with sort of a lackluster ending. Still, it’s recommended for your Saturday morning or whenever animated viewing. I wish they had this series on in 2020.

Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

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