Memory Beta, non-canon Star Trek Wiki

A friendly reminder regarding spoilers! At present the expanded Trek universe is in a period of major upheaval with the finale of Year Five, the Coda miniseries and the continuations of Discovery, Picard and Lower Decks; and the premieres of Prodigy and Strange New Worlds, the advent of new eras in Star Trek Online gaming, as well as other post-55th Anniversary publications. Therefore, please be courteous to other users who may not be aware of current developments by using the {{spoiler}}, {{spoilers}} or {{majorspoiler}} tags when adding new information from sources less than six months old. Also, please do not include details in the summary bar when editing pages and do not anticipate making additions relating to sources not yet in release. 'Thank You


Memory Beta, non-canon Star Trek Wiki

"The Magicks of Megas-Tu" was the eighth episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, in the show's first season, first aired on 27 October 1973. The episode was written by Larry Brody, directed by Hal Sutherland and novelized in Log Three by Alan Dean Foster.


The USS Enterprise travels to the center of the galaxy. Here they discover magic and befriend Lucien. The people of Megas-Tu attempt to punish the crew for Humanity's past. Spock convinces the locals that the United Federation of Planets is filled with peaceful people. The crew is released along with their new friend.

This article or section is incomplete
This article is marked as lacking essential detail, and needs attention. Information regarding expansion requirements may be found on the article's talk page. Feel free to edit this page to assist with this expansion.

Log entries

Episode log entries

Captain's log, stardate 1254.4.
For years scientists have theorized that if our galaxy was created from a great explosion then the center of the galaxy might still be creating new matter. The Enterprise is now on a science mission to investigate. It's an awesome thought that we may actually witness matter being created.
Captain's log, supplemental.
In this incredible universe it appears to be part of the natural laws that belief is as potent a force as energy and matter are in our own.

Novelization log entries

Captain's log, stardate 5524.5.
For many years scientist have theorized that the galaxy was created by a great central explosion. If this was so, attendant new theories postulate that the galactic center may still be creating new matter. The Enterprise has the honor of being the first ship to attempt to penetrate to the heart of the galaxy. We will try to ascertain the truth or falsity of this and numerous other spatial hypotheses.



Episode characters

Arex Na EthAsmodeusChristine ChapelJames T. KirkLucienLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed Megansunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel
Referenced only

Novelization characters

Arex Na EthAsmodeusFrank GablerJacobsJames T. KirkLucienLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed Megans
Referenced only

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Episode locations

Megas-Tugalactic corelimbo
Referenced only
Earth (Salem, MassachusettsJerusalem) • HellPrometheus Science Center

Novelization locations

Megas-Tugalactic corelimbo
Referenced only
Earth (BabyloniaGreeceHuang He River, ChinaIndus Valley, PakistanSalem, MassachusettsUr, Mesopotamia) • JupiterPrometheus Science CenterVulcan

Shipboard areas

USS Enterprise
bridgeengineeringrecreation roomsickbay

Races and cultures

HumanMeganEdosian or TriexianVulcan

Science and classification

Technology and weapons

artificial gravityartificial gravity compensatorbatterycharting scannerschronometercomputerdeflectorgravity detectorintercomlibrary computerlife support systemmedical tricordermegaspheremicrowelderphaser banksensorstarshipsubspace radiotelescopeviewscreenwarp engine

Materials and substances

antimatteratmospherebloodgashydrogenlove potionmatteroxygen

Astronomical objects

binary starblue giantblue starcepheid variableG class starmatter-energy whirlwindnebulanegative black holeneutron starnonspacered dwarfstar clustertrinary staruniversewhite star

States and organizations

StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Ranks and titles

advisorcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorengineerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officergeneralistlieutenantlieutenant commanderhelmsmanmedical practitionernavigatorofficerscientistscience officersecond officerspecialisttechnicianweapons officer

Other references

169117th centuryairalcoholalert status (yellow alert) • anatomyappleastronomyastrophysicsBacchanaisbeamingBig BangBonesbootcaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise, 2268centurycheckerschemistrychickencityclothingcreation pointDenebian spiderdesertdevildrawingelectromagnetismelfemergency powerFederation membersfilmfive-year missiongalaxyGeneral Order 1goatgovernmentgravitygumbohelmhomeworldhood (clothing)hornhourhumanoidhurricanejumpsuitjunglekilometerlanguagelifeformlightninglog entrylogiclove philtermagicmattermemorymicrotapemystic symbolmythologynation-stateoceanorbitpantsplanetpunchcardquadrantraces and culturesradiationrankSalem witch trialssatyrsorcerer-contractorspacesoupstablestarstar systemstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2260s)stockssupernaturaltechnologytennistentacleThird Law of MotiontimetitletoasttreetunicuniformuniverseVulcan chesswarp speedweaponwitchyear


years prior to 2269
Lucien visits Earth. (prior to episode/novelization)
13th century
stardate 1254.4/5524.5, 2269 (2260s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages)
Enterprise travels to Megas-Tu.


Related media

Salem was also featured in:

Origins of Christian figures were considered in:

The Great Barrier later featured in:

Witches/wizards were referenced/seen in:

Humanity on trial was also featured in:


  • The stardate of 1254 is the lowest denominated number used as a stardate in an episode, preceding the earliest canon stardate of 1312 for TOS episode: "Where No Man Has Gone Before". This episode does not likely take place prior to that episode, however, based on the crew having newer uniforms and holding higher ranks and different positions than they did in that era. This is an early example of how, in canon, stardates are not sequential. Log Three revised the episode's date to a more plausible 5524, since the novelization contained sequential interludes between episodes.
  • In the novelization, during Spock's attempt to move a Vulcan chess piece with magic, he said, "for every action, let there be an equal and opposite reaction." He was stating Isaac Newton's Third Law of Motion, a scientific principle.


Episode images

Novelization images



published order
Previous episode:
Mudd's Passion
TAS episode produced Next episode:
The Time Trap
Previous episode:
The Infinite Vulcan
TAS episode aired Next episode:
Once Upon a Planet
Previous story:
Mudd's Passion
Log Three
Log Three.jpg
Next story:
last story
until Log Four
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Mudd's Passion
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
The Terratin Incident
Previous Adventure:
Mudd's Passion
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Terratin Incident

External links