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"A Pill Swallows the Enterprise" was the second of five Star Trek: The Original Series comic strips distributed in Star Trek-themed McDonald's Happy Meals in 1979, coinciding with the release of TOS movie: The Motion Picture. The strip was read by inserting it into a toy called the Video Communicator. The story was reprinted in the omnibus The Newspaper Comics, Volume 1.


Captain Kirk is awakened from sleep and informed that the USS Enterprise has been enveloped in a capsule. Spock is at a loss to explain it, and the construct is impervious to phasers. Suddenly, the crew see a "heavy Delphus meteor" approaching. Concluding that a "retro blast" would be ineffective, the crew braces for impact. The meteor is stopped by the capsule, which then dematerializes, and Spock concludes that they have a good friend out there.



James T. KirkSpock

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Interstellar space

Races and cultures


Science and technology

Delphus meteorphaserviewscreen

Ranks and titles

captainFederation Starfleet ranks (2270s)

Other references

assignment patchbridgemeteorquartersStarfleet uniform (early 2270s)



  • The Enterprise exterior was depicted in its pre-refit configuration, as well as Kirk's bridge chair, while the crew were depicted in their post-refit uniforms.

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