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"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.


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

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.



Episode characters

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

Novelization characters

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

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


the galaxy

Stars and systems

Questar M-17
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Planets and planetoids

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Time PlanetEarth

Shipboard locations

USS Enterprise
bridgeengineeringcargo hold
Pod ship
control center

Stellar classification and nomenclature

G class starneutron starstarstellar classification

Races and cultures

ancient insectoidEdosian or TriexianHumanmagnetic organismVulcan

States and organizations

StarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets


beehumanoidinsectinsectoidspiderprimatesymbiotic lifeform

Anatomy and life processes

braincellmitosissymbiotic lifeformwhite corpuscle

Science and technology

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


absolute zeroEarth normalflank speedgalactic coordinatenegative massspectra analysisstar chartstardatetimewarp factoryear

Energy and materials


Ranks and titles

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

Other references

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


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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