Beyond the Farthest Star (Episode)

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"Beyond the Farthest Star"
"Beyond the Farthest Star"

"Beyond the Farthest Star"
Series Star Trek: The Animated Series
Season 1
Episode 14
Production Number 04

Previous Yesteryear (TAS03)
Next The Survivor (TAS05)
Released 8 Sep 1973
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 5221.3: After being pulled into orbit around a dead star, the Enterprise comes across a huge, deserted starship inhabited by a parasitic life form.

Pulled off course by Questar M-17, an imploded negative star mass, the Enterprise discovers a strange, ancient starship inhabited by a formless and malevolent life form. The ship's builders failed to rid themselves of the creature and attempted to destroy their vessel rather than risk bringing the entity with them elsewhere in the galaxy. The creature takes control of the Enterprise, but Kirk and Spock, by heading directly toward Questar M-17, trick the entity into believing that they are about to destroy themselves, and the creature flees. Using a slingshot maneuver, the Enterprise escapes Questar M-17's gravity, leaving the entity trapped in orbit of the dead star.

Episode Credits

Created by
Gene Roddenberry

Starring the Voices of
William Shatner as Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy

Written by
Samuel A. Peeples

Directed by
Hal Sutherland

Executive Consultant
Gene Roddenberry

General Manager
Rock Benedetto

Special Effects Animation
Reuben Timmins

Sherman Labby, Paul Fennell, Dale Hale, Jack Miller, Michael O'Connor, Louise Sandoval, Ken Southworth, Dawn Huntley

Art Director
Don Christensen

Key Assistants
Mike Hazy, Bill House

Key Layout
Herb Hazleton, Alberto de Mello, Kay Wright

George Wheeler, Wes Herschensohn, Lorna Smith, Jim Wiloughby, Les Kaluza, Cliff Vorhees, George Jensen, Robert Kline, Dick Hall, Virgil Raddatz, Warren Marshall, John Perry, Wendell Washer, Carol Lundberg, Martin Muller, Malcolm Weizer, Christopher Lane, George Goode, Glen Keane, James Koukos, Maria Bennett, Tom Burton, Ken Leonard

Director of Color
Ervin Kaplan

Background Artists
Paul Xander, Curt Perkins, Maurice Harvey, Boris Gorelick, Don Peters, Rolando Oliva, Tom O'Loughlin, Janet Brown, Pat Keppler, Karen Shaffer

Robert Bentley, Jim Brummett, Bob Carlson, Ruy Cataldi, Jesse Cosio, Zion Davush, Lil Evans, Paul Fennell, Otto Feuer, Ed Friedman, Lee Halpern, La Verne Harding, Lou Kachivas, Marsh LaMore, Lawrence Miller, Fred Myers, Jane Nordin, Bill Nunes, Joe Nunez, Casey Onaitis, Jack Ozark, Bill Pratt, Len Rogers, Virgil Ross, Sonja Ruta, Don Schloat, Ben Shenkman, Brad Smith, Hank Smith, Reuben Timmins, Bob Trochim, George Waiss, Ron Westlund, Kaem Wong

Checking Supervision
Marion Turk, Jane Philippi

Xerography & Paint Supervision
John Remmel, Betty Brooks

Camera Supervison
R.W. Pope

Thane Berti, Bill Kotler, Joseph Ponticelle, Fredrick T. Ziegler, Don Dinehart, Earl Bendetto, John Aardal, Gene Gropper, Dean G. Teves

Also Starring the Voices of
George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Majel Barrett, James Doohan

Editoral Supervision
Joseph Simon, Doreen Dixon

Film Coordinator
June Gilham

Background Music by
Yvette Blais, Jeff Michael

Music Publisher
Shermley Music Co. A.S.C.A.P.

Music and Sound Effects
Horta Mahana Corp.

Color by

Associate Producer and Story Editor
D.C. Fontana

Produced by
Norm Prescott, Lou Scheimer