CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
October 27, 1973
Run Time: 24 minutes
Episode 8 – “The Magicks of Megas-tu”
On a mission at the center of the universe, the Enterprise encounters a violent whirlwind storm that sucks the ship into the unknown. While not in time or space as they understand it, a minotaur-like alien appears and takes them to explore the planet Megas-tu.
Lucien is a curious character in a wondrous place. This story is very wild and trippy and makes me wish this was what Gene Roddenberry should have done in the first Star Trek film. It feels like too much story material to sandwich into 24 minutes.
It’s not often that I criticize something for being too short in run time, but this story needed more. I liked the episode for the supernatural take on what might exist in the middle of the unknown. I’m sure a planet like Megas-tu exists somewhere, if only in our imagination.
Love this series! If you enjoyed the original Star Trek series, you need to check this out on CBS All Access, soon in 2021 to be rebranded as Paramount+.
Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️