Series: The Animated Series
Air Date: October 5, 1974
Written by: Russel Bates and David Wise
Directed by: Hal Sutherland and Bill Reed
Kulkukan, the Mayan god, stops by for a visit in the Alpha Quadrant and takes Kirk and a landing party captive for a bit.
So, the Enterprise starts out pursuing a probe that came by the Alpha Quadrant to scan stuff and throw out some signals. It's the duty of the Federation to get in contact with other lifeforms, so, what the heck, why not?, let's follow the probe. Luckily, the plucky young Ensign Walking Bear is along for the ride in Sulu's place, so when they encounter a Mayan god, they just happen to have an expert with them to figure out what it is.
And encounter a Mayan god they do. Following the probe, they come across a ship that projects a holographic image around it of a serpent with wings. Walking Bear immediately recognizes this as Kulkukan. The ship attacks the Enterprise, but relents as soon as Walking Bear sees it. In the silence, Kirk tries to figure things out, but is cut short by the fact that random crew members keep disappearing. Including him! When all is said and done, Kirk, Scotty, Bones, and Ensign Walking Bear end up in a completely blank area with the voice of Kulkukan booming in their head.
|And then Kulkukan throws a party! YEAH!|
The serpent/bird creature explains that he was angry that humans seemed to have forgotten him, but was relieved when Walking Bear knew who he was. And now he can continue caring for the humans as if they were his children... except... wait... they're not children anymore. Kirk objects to being treated like children and then they find out they were basically in the Matrix along with a load of other animals.
|Like this thing... the Green Rebo.|
The idea that ancient gods were actually aliens isn't new, it wasn't even new when this first aired. They've already encountered Apollo. In fact, come to think of it, this is basically just a Mayan repeat of "Who Mourns for Adonais?" Regardless, this time they were able to throw in a bit more creativity with character design and such because of the drawing and stuff. Again, great story mired by an awkward format.