The Counter Clock Incident
Episode

090

Saturday Morning Number Eleven

He’s not Apollo, he’s not the devil but he is another incredibly powerful creature demanding praise. Find out whether Kirk and crew give in this time in How Sharper Than a Serpents Tooth. Then backward is forward, black is white, and this is the end of the animated series: The Counter-Clock Incident.

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  • TRIVIA:
    The Star Trek Logs Books 1-6
    adaptations of The Animated Series episodes published by Ballantine Books, from 1974 to 1978 ( 1st printing ) contained 3 stories each.

    They were popular beyond anyone’s imagination.
    It was decided that each episode needed long enough to be a stand-alone novel in and of its own right. So beginning w/ Star Trek Log Seven it’s one story per book, and even though it’s the last episode – “Counter-Clock” was the 1st script to be given this expanded novel treatment. Interesting note: This was the only cover to use a bridge shot with the crew – even though this clip was not used in this episode. ( It was seen in both the previous episode and “The Practical Joker” and was possibly? a stock clip – used for anytime the ship was attacked during the series.)

    • Interesting Trivia: One is left to wonder why they just didn’t have the original writer of the script for the episode write the adaption?

      • James W. Maertens

        The same was apparently true of the James Blish novelizations. He wrote from the scripts rather than the episodes, so some details are different.

    • The stars Beta Niobe and Minara were mentioned in this episode as having recently gone nova.
      Beta Niobe was Sarpeidon’s sun, and went nova in 2269 in the original series episode
      “All Our Yesterdays.” Similarly, Minara went nova in 2268 in the original series episode “The Empath.”

    • James W. Maertens

      Thanks Will. I have to look into these because the stories seem interesting but the music in TAS drives me nuts. The animation itself doesn’t bother me as much, perhaps because i grew up watching Jonny Quest! I do not remember ever watching TAS when it was on. So, it has been interesting to see them now.

  • How Sharper Than a Serpents Tooth was based upon the then new idea made by the Swiss author Erich Anton Paul von Däniken – which make controversial claims about extraterrestrial influences on early human culture. Shatner himself even presented his ideas in this 70’s film.

    • Also – the 70’s TV series In Search of… was
      created after the success of three one-hour TV documentaries produced by creator Alan Landsburg: In Search of Ancient Astronauts in 1973 (based on the book Chariots of the Gods? by Erich von Däniken), In Search of Ancient Mysteries and The Outer Space Connection. All three featured narration by Rod Serling, who was the initial choice to host the spin-off show. After Serling’s death, Leonard Nimoy was selected to be the host.

  • Excellent video about this episode : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O247kVPjwvs

    • Wonderful! Was not aware of this. Glad you shared it here.

      • Thanks John. It’s always been my pleasure to share Trek goodies w/ Mission Log.

  • Matthew Carlson

    Mork ages in reverse too. But I guess he got wiser as he went.