Star Trek: The Animated Series: “The Magicks of Megas-Tu”

Air Date: 10.27.1973
Stardate: 1254.4


Whoo… What can I say about this one? Seemed to me like an episode of the third season of classic Trek with a great idea but horrible execution. While Shatner appears to be getting more and more bored delivering his lines into a tape recorder (rumor has is that he recorded one episode while sitting on the toilet), James Doohan appears to be having a blast hamming it up as much as he can.

While “The Magicks of Megas-Tu” has time nice ideas, one of them being the first mention that the Federation and Earth has outgrown religion which is a pretty fucking bold statement for a cartoon in the 70’s to make, the episode degrades into more and more absurdity from Spock suddenly becoming a master sorcerer to a retarded trial by Megans dressed as pilgrims.

You at least have to acknowledge the risks taken with this episode even if it was an unholy train wreck.


Interesting Fact: This episode’s author, Larry Brody, also wrote the episode, “Tattoo” for Star Trek: Voyager.

This would have been the second time Lucifer was cast out and, thanks to you, the first time he was saved.
– Spock


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  • Douglas Self

    It should have been titled “Sympathy for the Devil”, but that would have had issues with the Rolling Stones, I guess.