Random Trek Tuesday #14 – Yesteryear (TAS)

SPOCK: One small thing was changed this time. A pet died.
KIRK: A pet? Well, that wouldn’t mean much in the course of time.
SPOCK: It might, to some.

It’s a heartbreaker for this week’s Random Trek Tuesday with the second episode of the Animated Series Yesteryear.

Yesteryear is probably the best episode of TAS and certainly the one that deserves to be canon the most. So much of Vulcan and Spock is drawn from this episode. Huge kudos to Enterprise who would in their fourth season reference this episode a lot. Also the 09 Star Trek film nodded heavily with the three Vulcan bullies taunting Spock.

It’s an extremely well crafted episode and I’m incredibly moved by Spock’s line when he returns:

SPOCK: One small thing was changed this time. A pet died.
KIRK: A pet? Well, that wouldn’t mean much in the course of time.
SPOCK: It might, to some.

Having only lost a pet myself a year or so ago it is a particularly poignant exchange to me.

I was also very impressed with the look on Amanda’s face when young Spock returns to declare his intentions to embrace his Vulcan heritage. It pauses briefly on her and it’s a powerful scene.

The fact that this comes from a somewhat dinky animated show from the 70s does this episode a great service.

This is part of the Random Trek Tuesday. I have gathered together EVERY episode of Star Trek, every season, every series and every film except for Star Trek Picard and put them into a big spreadsheet. Every week I let the randomiser pick one episode out which I’ll watch and then draw a scene from. You’ll find the original over on the Lee Draws Stuff shop immediately after publishing here on a Tuesday night (unless already sold).

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