The first episode on this tape is one of my favorite episodes of the animated series. On a mission to the center of the galaxy where matter is still being created, the Enterprise encounters Lucien. He is a being with pointed ears, horns and the legs of a goat. Lucien can also execute magic, but it turns out that he is an oddball member of a society. The other members appear as Quakers and they put the Enterprise crew on trial. During the trial, it is revealed that some of members of the society had traveled to Earth several centuries ago. They lived in Salem, Massachusetts and were persecuted as witches. Therefore, they have a low opinion of humans. Spock successfully argues the case for the Enterprise crew and they are released. However, Lucien is now to be punished for contacting the Enterprise and Captain Kirk refuses to allow it, risking his ship in order to save Lucien. This impresses the Quaker residents and they allow the Enterprise to go free. The episode closes with the discovery that Lucien is in fact Lucifer, so humans save the devil from being punished. There is a great deal of metaphoric power in this episode. From the premise that creation is still occurring to the encounter with Lucifer and how he was saved by Kirk, there are many symbolic aspects of science and religion. In the second episode, the Enterprise is in the Delta Triangle, an area of space where ships have been mysteriously disappearing for centuries. They encounter a Klingon ship and when they prepare to do battle, both are transported into a location where time stands still. There they find many people of many races and they are told that they cannot leave. Kirk, Spock and Scotty develop a plan where they will merge the Enterprise and the Klingon ship and use the combined power of both to break free of the region. The Klingons are agreeable, but hatch a plot where the Enterprise will be blown up as soon as they return to their own space. One of the creatures stuck in the "space prison" is psychic and warns Kirk. Spock and Scotty manage to find the explosive device and the Enterprise is saved. Once back in their normal space, the Klingon ship captain takes full credit for their return. However, rather than argue the point, Kirk simply lets them go. He is so happy to be back home that he simply does not care. The second episode lacks the metaphoric power of the first; the basic plot is that Klingons are evil and untrustworthy. Even when it is in their best interests to cooperate, they still plot to destroy the Enterprise and take all the credit for success.
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