The Ambergris Element
©1973 Filmation Associates-Norway Production. All rights reserved.
Episode:  13     Airdate:  December 1, 1973
The Slaver Weapon
©1973 Filmation Associates-Norway Production. All rights reserved.
Episode:  11     Airdate:  December 15, 1973
The Eye of the Beholder
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Episode:  16     Airdate:  January 5, 1974
The Jihad
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Episode:  14     Airdate:  January 12, 1974
The Pirates of Orion
©1974 Filmation Associates-Norway Production. All rights reserved.
Episode:  20     Airdate:  September 7, 1974

Catalog Number 03167-3
Running Time 125 minutes
Issued November 21, 2006
Languages / Channels English 5.1
English 2.0 Mono
Spanish 2.0 Mono
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13 6.98 mb/s 6 24min 08sec
11 6.99 mb/s 6 24min 07sec
16 7.20 mb/s 6 24min 08sec
14 9.30 mb/s 6 24min 06sec
20 8.97 mb/s 9 23min 30sec

The Ambergris Element
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Written by Margaret Armen
Produced by Lou Scheimer & Norm Prescott
Starring William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley
James Doohan
Majel Barrett
George Takei
Nichelle Nichols
Stardate 5499.9
Episode 13 The USS Enterprise arrives to study the planet Argo a water-based planet where earthquakes caused the land masses to sink for the benefit of other Federation worlds that will encounter similar quakes. The crew lands in a specially designed aqua-shuttle but is immediately attacked by a sea monster and Kirk and Spock become trapped in the monster's grip.

Five days later, McCoy, Scott, and Lt. Clayton find the missing officers; they have been transformed into water breathers by the monster. Kirk and Spock explore the submerged Argo and find a group of inhabitants who hate any air-breathers. Hesitantly, the Aquans agree to perform surgery to return Kirk and Spock to normal, but when Scotty dives down to warn of an impending quake, they become fearful of air-breathing spies. Kirk and Spock are deemed treacherous and are sentenced to death. Rila, a water breather, agrees to help them if they will in turn help him find a buried city and a way to reverse the mutation.

They are successful and obtain the necessary medicine to help Kirk and Spock, but Kirk nearly dies from the vaccination. In orbit, the USS Enterprise uses its phasers to hit the uninhabited sections of the planet in an attempt to move the quake's epicenter away from the Aquan city. Grateful for saving their lives, the young Aquans make their records available to the Federation and decide to use the new found medicine to reverse their water-breathing mutations and resume life above ground.

The Slaver Weapon
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Written by Larry Niven
Produced by Lou Scheimer & Norm Prescott
Starring William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley
James Doohan
Majel Barrett
George Takei
Nichelle Nichols
Stardate 4187.3
Episode 11 In the shuttlecraft Copernicus, Spock, Uhura, and Sulu are en-route to Starbase 25 to deliver a stasis box a rare artifact of the Slaver culture which stops time inside so any object can last forever. The now-extinct Slavers used these objects to carry weapons, valuables, and other scientific instruments and data. The boxes can detect each other and evidence shows that another device is located nearby. Spock begins to investigate. The shuttle lands on an ice planet where hostile Kzinti lie in ambush with an empty stasis box. The Kzinti once controlled the entire empire but now are bound to keeping peace. However, many Kzinti still take part in raiding Federation shipping and seek Slaver weapons to regain control of their empire.

The Kzinti take the shuttle crew hostage in an effort to take the box and its contents. The Kzinti leader obtains the weapon, but while tampering with it he enables the crew to escape. Spock steals back the weapon, but Uhura is recaptured. After Sulu creates an explosion with the weapon, it is recaptured by the Kzinti, who are killed when the device self-destructs.

The Eye of the Beholder
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Written by David P. Harmon
Produced by Lou Scheimer & Norm Prescott
Starring William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley
James Doohan
Majel Barrett
George Takei
Nichelle Nichols
Stardate 5501.2
Episode 16 The disappearance of a scientific team lures the USS Enterprise to investigate near Lactra VII. The Starship Ariel is located there, abandoned, with the Captain having transported to the planet's surface. The USS Enterprise crew beams down to discover a series of unusually juxtaposed environments. On the planet the crew meets the Lactrans, a group of 20-foot slugs with intelligent capacities far beyond their own; they capture the USS Enterprise crew and imprison them along with the three remaining Ariel crew members. Ariel's Lieutenant Randolph has become ill, but the Lactrans are unaware, as their methods of communication are highly sophisticated.

Spock can partially read the Lactran thoughts; he realizes that they are much more advanced than Vulcans and they are amused by his attempts at communication. Spock tricks a Lactran child to bring him a communicator and medical kit that are located outside a force field. Kirk contacts the ship and they are beamed up along with the child. On the starship, the child reads all the information contained in the library computer, but the child's parents are worried and almost kill Kirk in an attempt to contact him. Scotty beams down with the child, who learns that humans are not pets for Lactran amusement. The child informs the other Lactrans, who release the crew from confinement and the ships leaves with a message from the Lactrans "humans may return when they grow up, in 20 or 30 centuries."

The Jihad
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Written by Stephen Kandel
Produced by Lou Scheimer & Norm Prescott
Starring William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley
James Doohan
Majel Barrett
George Takei
Nichelle Nichols
Stardate 5683.1
Episode 14 The USS Enterprise arrives at the Vedala asteroid, where Kirk and Spock are summoned to learn about a stolen religious artifact that could ignite a galaxy-wide holy war, a jihad. A team of specialists are called in to recover the item with Kirk and Spock: Tchar the hereditary prince of the Skorr, Sord a powerful reptilian, a master lockpick Em/3/Green, and Lara a great hunter.

The Vedalan tells the team that the artifact dates back two centuries, when Tchar's people were fighters and a religious leader, Alar, came to teach fundamentals of peace. Alar's brain patterns were preserved in the sculpture, the "Soul of the Skorr." Now the device has been stolen and is hidden on the very unstable "mad planet." The Vedala transports the group to the planet where they encounter harsh weather, quakes, volcanic lava flow, and severe winds. After barely escaping a lava river, the team finds itself nearing a position that Tchar had originally spotted from the air.

Tchar flies ahead to investigate the fortress in which the object is kept. Meanwhile, Kirk and Lara scout ahead to explore the terrain. Rejoining the group, they head for the fortress on foot to rendezvous with Tchar. Upon reaching the structure, Em/3/Green picks the lock, but the team is attacked by a group of mechanical birds who are protecting the building. They narrowly make it inside and after surviving a set of traps, they find the sculpture, but conclude that it must have been Tchar who originally stole the object. Tchar admits his treachery, saying that his people have become a docile race, and the ensuing war will make them great again. Tchar tells them that their mission must always remain secret so that no one will learn about the treachery. Kirk and Spock return to the USS Enterprise noting that, remarkably, only two minutes had passed since they beamed to the asteroid.

The Pirates of Orion
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Written by Howard Weinstein
Produced by Lou Scheimer & Norm Prescott
Starring William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley
James Doohan
Majel Barrett
George Takei
Nichelle Nichols
Stardate 6334.1
Episode 20 A dreaded disease, choriocytosis, strikes the USS Enterprise. All except Spock are cured, as the illness is fatal only to Vulcans. With the starship on course to a Starfleet Academy dedication ceremony on Deneb V, Spock realizes that he has as little as three days to live. The cure for the disease is strobolin, which is found on only a few worlds in the galaxy, the closest of which, Beta Canopus, is four days away.

The USS Potemkin obtains the drug and transports it to the USS Huron, en route to the Enterprise. Without warning, the USS Huron is attacked by a vessel of Orion designation; the drug and a cargo of dilithium crystals are stolen. The USS Enterprise encounters the Orion ship in a volatile asteroid field by detecting the dilithium crystals in the ship's cargo bay. Kirk attempts to negotiate for the drug in exchange for not mentioning the stolen dilithium crystals, but the Orions' suspect a ruse. Kirk agrees to meet the Orion captain on an asteroid knowing that it might be a trap, but worth the risk for Spock's life.

The Orion captain arrives carrying a bomb capable of destroying the entire asteroid but Scotty beams the explosive to the Enterprise and discharges it. Scotty then beams up the two captains and forces the Orion captain to stand trial for piracy. With the medicine in hand, Spock is saved.


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