"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.

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Log entriesEdit

Episode log entriesEdit

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 entriesEdit

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 charactersEdit

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

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

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Episode locationsEdit

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

Novelization locationsEdit

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

Shipboard areasEdit

USS Enterprise 
bridgeengineeringrecreation roomsickbay

Races and culturesEdit

HumanMeganEdosian or TriexianVulcan

Science and classificationEdit

Technology and weaponsEdit

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

Materials and substancesEdit

antimatteratmospherebloodgashydrogenlove potionmatteroxygen

Astronomical objectsEdit

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

States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Ranks and titlesEdit

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

Other referencesEdit

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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 mediaEdit

Salem was also featured in:

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The Great Barrier later featured in:

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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 imagesEdit

Novelization imagesEdit



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
Next story:
last story
until Log Four
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Mudd's Passion
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Terratin Incident

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