Series: The Animated Series
Air Date: September 22, 1973
Written by: Marc Daniels
Directed by: Hal Sutherland
A planet-eating cloud is on the loose through the galaxy! But would it be ethical to kill it?
Kirk says in his log that a huge cosmic cloud is entering into our galaxy, so they're off to investigate. On their way, they observe the cloud on sensors engulfing a whole planet and the planet disappearing. Kirk surmises that the cloud has consumed the planet. And then the cloud changes course to an inhabited planet. Kirk orders Warp 8 to get there as soon as possible and warn the governor of the planet. And then the cloud eats the Enterprise.
Inside the loud they find a bunch of charged antimatter objects swarming the ship and draining the shields. In fact, the whole makeup of the inside of the cloud leads Spock to believe that the cloud is actually a living being. But Kirk doesn't care. He figures out a way to kill it and orders it done. After some odd stares from the crew, Kirk explains that they don't know if it's an intelligent being, and he'd rather take the chance that it's not than risk a whole planet and the billions of lives on it.
|Although, it would be a shame to destroy a work of Genndy Tartakovsky art.|
And the cloud listens! It stops in its tracks and is about to turn around, and the Enterprise finds its way out through its "digestive system". And Spock says that through the experience he perceived the wonders of the universe.
|High as a kite.|
This is pretty much the kind of Star Trek episode that one writes when one wants to fill some time before the next episode. It's a cookie cutter story about whether or not to destroy the alien life that is threatening familiar life. There's not a whole lot to be liked about it. I just hope this cloud thing doesn't come back in Star Trek Online.