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This article is about the TAS episode. You may be looking for TNG episode: "The Survivors".

"The Survivor" was the sixth episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series. It was produced in TAS' first season and debuted on 13 October 1973. The episode was directed by Hal Sutherland and written by James Schmerer. It was the fourth episode to be novelized by Alan Dean Foster, appearing in Star Trek: Log Two in August 1974.

In this story, a long-lost celebrity is rescued near the Romulan Neutral Zone.

Publisher's description

VHS teaser
An intruder capable of assuming any form imitates Captain Kirk and orders the USS Enterprise into a direct confrontation with the Romulans.

Log entries

Episode log entries

Captain's log, stardate 5143.3. While patrolling the edge of the Romulan Neutral Zone, the Enterprise has changed course to assist a one-man vessel which has fallen victim to a meteor swarm. Sensors indicate the occupant is still alive.

... The Enterprise has rescued a living legend, the foremost space trader of our time. Carter Winston has acquired a dozen fortunes only to use his wealth time and again to assist Federation colonies in times of need or disaster.

Ship's log, stardate 5148.7. First Officer Spock recording. The Captain's course change has taken us deep into the Romulan Neutral Zone.

Captain's log, supplemental. Due to interference by the alien Vendorian aboard, the Enterprise has been detected violating the Romulan Neutral Zone. By the terms of our treaty, the Romulans have a legal right to seize and impound the Enterprise. To complicate matters, we have not been able to apprehend the Vendorian responsible for putting us in this position.

Novelization log entries

Captain's log, supplemental. The Enterprise has rescued a living legend—the foremost interstellar trader of our time, Carter Winston. Who, as I recall, has acquired a dozen fortunes, only to use his great wealth again and again to aid Federation colonies in times of need or disaster. Altogether a remarkable man and one who many people, myself included, are glad to discover is still alive. We are in the process of carrying out standard post-rescue identification procedures.

Ship's log, stardate 5402.7. First Officer Spock recording. The captain's recent course change has taken us deep into the Romulan Neutral Zone. This change was apparently initiated on the request of our new passenger, Carter Winston. Information so far provided by Winston has proved accurate. We have detected no Romulan ships or, for that matter, other vessels of any kind. Nevertheless, I have ordered all sensors kept on long-range scan and a close watch on any object engendering suspicion at the limits of scanner range. I have also ...

Recording from general bridge recorder: Due to interference by the Vendorian recently discovered on board in the guise of Carter Winston, the Enterprise has been detected by ships of the Romulan Empire while violating the Romulan Neutral Zone. By the terms of our treaty, the units of the Romulan fleet have a legal right to seize the Enterprise. To complicate matters, we have as yet been unable to apprehend the Vendorian responsible for this situation.



Episode characters

Arex Na EthChristine ChapelFrank GablerJames T. KirkJohn KyleLarusLeonard McCoyShiboline M'RessAnne NoredMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraCarter Winston (Vendorian)USS Enterprise computer
Referenced only
Joanna McCoyCarter Winston

Novelization characters

AyersBurnsChristine ChapelFrank GablerJames T. KirkJohn KyleLarusLeonard McCoyShiboline M'RessAnne NoredMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTuanNyota UhuraCarter Winston (Vendorian)
Referenced only
Joanna McCoySarekCarter Winston

Starships and vehicles

Episode starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Stormbird-class Romulan battlecruisersWinston's merchant ship

Novelization starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • shuttlecraftStormbird-class Romulan battlecruisersWinston's merchant ship


Episode locations

Romulan Neutral Zone
Referenced only
Cerberus IIRator IIIVendor

Novelization locations

Romulan Neutral Zone
Referenced only
AndromedaCerberus IIEarthM-31Rator IIIVendorVulcan

Shipboard locations

armorybridgebriefing roomengineeringlaboratoryquartersshuttle baysickbaytransporter room

Races and cultures

CaitianHumanEdosian or TriexianRomulanVendorianVulcan

States and organizations

FederationRomulan High CommandRomulan EmpireStarfleet Command

Science and technology

artificial gravitychronometercommunicationscomputerdeflectordeflector shieldexamination tablefingerprinthologramidentity tapeintercomJefferies tubelibrary computerlife supportlife support beltmedical hand scannermedicinemicrotapenavigation computerphaserphoton torpedoretinal patternscannershield generatorskin graftspearsterilizerstylustransporterturboliftviewscreenvoiceprintwarp drive

Astronomical objects

binary starblack holemeteormeteor showernebulanovapulsarquasarred giantspacestarwhite dwarf

Materials and substances

alcoholbloodbonecrystalglassironmoleculenickelorientine acidquartz • skin

Units of measurement


Ranks and titles

ambassadorsecond engineerbarbariancaptaincommandercrewmandoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officergunnerhelmsmanjudgelieutenantnursephysicianpsychologistquartermasterranksecurity guardsecurity officersenior medical officersenior officerspyStarfleet rankstechniciantradertransporter chiefyeoman

Other references

alert status (battle stationsyellow alert) • angelassignment patchbarbershop quartetbeamcaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2269cephalopodCerberus CrisisChristmasChristmas carolChristmas treecivilizationcookieDeck the Hallsdesertdimensioneggnogemotionfelinefirefoods and beveragesgingerbread mangovernmenthandshakeholidaylanguageloglogicmedical schoolnutmegpianopokerquarantineStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)Romulan Treatyship's logship's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)SOSstuntentacletreetrialuniversewarp speed (warp six)



  • General consensus as well as the Memory Beta Chronology place many episodes of the first season of TAS in 2269. The novelization of this sixth episode was set during a Christmas party, presumably at the end of 2269. The next story in Log Two (which was the fourth episode of the series, "The Lorelei Signal") stated that the Enterprise crew spent the rest of their Christmas holiday in the Valeria system, and then the crew proceeded to investigate that episode's mystery at the beginning of the following year, presumably 2270.
  • During the confrontation with the Romulan ships, Nyota Uhura and Shiboline M'Ress were each shown at the communications station on the bridge, but only M'Ress spoke. In the novelization, both were explicitly present and Kirk gave each of them different tasks.
  • Frank Gabler answered Kirk's call about the malfunctioning deflectors. He was named Gabler in the script, but shown having a lighter complexion in the episode. His first name Frank was cited in the novelization.
  • The stardate cited in the episode, 5143.3, was amended to 5402.7 for the novelization.


  • Winston was described as being in his late 30s.
  • The Vendorian was said to be able to see in all directions at once when it was in its native form. Its motives were said to include that its attachment to Winston had gone so far, with it so mirroring Winston's personality and behavior, that its people considered it a deviant.
  • The novelization clarified that it took the form of the broken circuits within the deflector shield generator, not the energy field itself.
  • When asked for a name, it decided to name itself after Winston.
  • It revealed that Romulan ships repeatedly visited Vendor looking to hire spies, a violation of the quarantine.
  • The subsequent novelization in Log Two, "The Lorelei Signal", stated that the Vendorian was dropped off in the Valeria system, with Nored leaving the Enterprise to continue as its security guard. The Enterprise remained for nine days for repair and shore leave.
  • The briefing room monitor was seen popping out from, and later retracting into, the table.
  • Kirk assessed Montgomery Scott's repair time estimates to be accurate. Apparently they appeared not to be exaggerated, as Scott later confessed in TOS movie: The Search for Spock.
  • The Romulan commander was given a name: Larus.

Related stories



Carter Winston assisted during the Cerberus Crisis on Cerberus II
Prior to 2264
Winston and Anne Nored became engaged
Winston crashed on Vendor, began long medical recovery
2265 or 2268
Winston died (2265 in episode, 2268 in novelization)
A Vendorian was hired by Romulans for an espionage mission
December 2269
During a Christmas party, the Enterprise was lured into the Romulan Neutral Zone by the Vendorian, who assumed the identity of Carter Winston


published order
Previous episode:
Beyond the Farthest Star
TAS episode produced Next episode:
The Lorelei Signal
Previous episode:
More Tribbles, More Troubles
TAS episode aired Next episode:
The Infinite Vulcan
Previous story:
first story
Log Two
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Next story:
The Lorelei Signal
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
One of Our Planets Is Missing
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
The Lorelei Signal
Previous Adventure:
One of Our Planets Is Missing
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Lorelei Signal


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