"Beyond the Farthest Star" was the debut episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series. It was produced in TAS' first season and debuted on 8 September 1973. The episode was written by Samuel A. Peeples and directed by Hal Sutherland. It was novelized in Star Trek: Log One by Alan Dean Foster in June 1974.

In this story, James T. Kirk's crew come across an ancient derelict starship, but something is still living inside it.

Description[edit | edit source]

VHS teaser
In orbit around a dead star, the USS Enterprise discovers an immense, ethereal starship inhabited by a parasitic life form that threatens the entire Enterprise crew.

Log entries[edit | edit source]

Captain's log, stardate 5221.3 
On outward course beyond the fringe of the galaxy towards Questar M-17, a source of mysterious radio emissions. Mission: Star charting.
Recording by insectoid pod ship's commander 
… Rather than carry this malevolent life form to other worlds, we have decided to destroy our own ship. The Thing had been trapped here by the tremendous gravity-well of the dead sun. So it must remain. So, sadly, must we. We have studied the problem quite thoroughly in the time remaining. There is no other solution. The others are dead. Only I am left, to give warning. If you are understanding this message, comprehend that you are protected in this room only for the moment. The Thing … grows ever stronger … it wants …" (Novelization)
Captain's log 
We have beamed aboard the alien ship found orbiting a strange dead star. The Enterprise is recording all data for the log and a full report later.
Captain's log, stardate 5221.8, final entry 
Resuming outward course beyond the farthest star of our galaxy. Mission: star charting.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Episode characters[edit | edit source]

Arex Na EthChristine ChapelJames T. KirkJohn KyleLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuramagnetic organismancient insectoidunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel

Novelization characters[edit | edit source]

ancient insectoidCrandallDarrellDavisElayneGardnerJames T. KirkJohn Kylemagnetic organismLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel (engineers)
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Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • insectoid pod ship

Locations[edit | edit source]

the galaxy

Stars and systems[edit | edit source]

Questar M-17
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Planets and planetoids[edit | edit source]

Referenced only 
Time PlanetEarth

Shipboard locations[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise 
bridgeengineeringcargo hold
Pod ship 
command center

Stellar classification and nomenclature[edit | edit source]

G class starneutron starstarstellar classification

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

ancient insectoidEdosian or TriexianHumanmagnetic organismVulcan

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

StarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets

Lifeforms[edit | edit source]

beehumanoidinsectinsectoidspiderprimatesymbiotic lifeform

Anatomy and life processes[edit | edit source]

braincellcorpusclemitosissymbiotic lifeformwhite corpuscle

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

airlockartificial gravityautomatic bridge defense systemcore hatchcutting beamengineering coreforce fieldJWG supercomputerlife supportlife support beltlife support systemmemory banknavigation consolephaserradioself-destruct devicestar chartstarshipstatic shieldtransportertricorderwarp drive

Measurement[edit | edit source]

absolute zeroEarth normalflank speedgalactic coordinatemeasurementnegative massspectra analysisstar chartstardatetimewarp factoryear

Energy and materials[edit | edit source]


Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandernavigatornurseofficerrankscience officerStarfleet ranks

Other references[edit | edit source]

300 million years agoagencyalienanatomyassignment patchcaptain's logelectric celloenergygalactic planegovernmentgravimetric slingshotgravitational slingshothoneycomblanding partylifeformlog entrymagnetismmanual overridemirrororbitphysiologyprobabilityraces and culturesrobotself-destructship's logslingshot effectstandard orbitStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)suicidesuperstitiontechnologytransporter lockweaponxenopsychology

Chronology[edit | edit source]

300 million years ago 
The insectoid pod ship chooses suicide over living as slaves of the magnetic entity.
USS Enterprise becomes trapped in orbit of the negative star mass.

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Timeline[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous episode:
TAS episode produced Next episode:
The Survivor
Previous episode:
first episode
TAS episode aired Next episode:
Previous story:
first story
Log One
Logs One.jpg
Next story:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Prime Directive
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
DTI: Forgotten History
Chapter 3, Section 3
Previous Adventure:
Prime Directive
Pocket Next Adventure:

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