Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973): S01E12 – The Time Trap


“The Time Trap” is the twelfth episode of the first season of the American animated science fiction television series Star Trek.

It first aired in the NBC Saturday morning lineup on 24 November 1973, and was written by American actress and screenwriter Joyce Perry.

In this episode, Captain Kirk must cooperate with distrusted Klingons to escape a “Sargasso Sea” of dead starships.


On stardate 5267.2, while exploring the Delta Triangle, where many starships have disappeared, the Federation starship Enterprise is attacked by several Klingon vessels. During the battle they are caught in an ion storm.

The Enterprise and one Klingon battlecruiser are drawn into a spacetime vortex and end up in a timeless dimension in what could only be called a graveyard for space vessels. Captain Kirk and his crew are shocked to find “that the descendants of the crews of these various vessels are still alive” and have formed a government, calling themselves ‘The Elysian Council.’

The crew discovers that the timewarp will gradually disintegrate the Enterprise’s dilithium crystals. Their only means of escape is to link their ship with the Klingons’ and their commander Kor and try to power themselves out of the vortex.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Hal Sutherland.
  • Writer(s): Joyce Perry.
  • Release Date: 24 November 1973.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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