Air Date: 10.05.1974
And so we come to the end of the animated series ending not with a bang, but with a whimper.
What starts out as a serviceable episode about getting older (which could have been a pretty good finale if you think of it) turns into a shitty screwed-up mess of bullshit and nonsense. The pacing terrible and the ending which the crew de-ages into children is probably one of the stupidest things I’ve seen on the show next to giant Spock.
That being said, it does have some nice if corny sci-fi elements that make it somewhat serviceable in some regards and there is genuineness in the ending when the Aprils choose to go back to being old again (something I sure as hell wouldn’t have done).
There’s also a fitting line at the end of the episode where Sara talks of a “second life.” The animated series may not have been perfect, but it did keep Star Trek around long enough for it to experience its second life… and it’s third and forth and fifth and sixth… and seventh. For that, and for the rare gems it produced, I am thankful.
Interesting Fact: Although this was the final episode of the animated series, repeats of it continued to run on Saturday mornings until 1975.
“What a blessing to live one’s life over again if that life has left you unfulfilled. No, Sara, I don’t want to live it all over again. I couldn’t improve one bit on what we’ve had together.”
– Robert April