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"The Magicks of Megas-tu"
Star Trek: The Animated Series episode
The alien "satyr" Lucien
Episode no. Episode 008
Written by Larry Brody
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Production no. 008
Original airdate October 27, 1973
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The Magicks of Megas-tu is an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series.


Plot outline

While exploring near the center of the galaxy, the USS Enterprise is caught inside an energy/matter vortex and all her computer systems fail. A being named Lucien appears on the bridge, repairs the ship's systems and takes the crew to explore his planet, Megas-Tu.

On this planet, magic and witchcraft are quite normal. The Megans are an ageless species that had, at one time, lived on Earth, and were responsible for the legends about witches. Lucien, their guide, is in reality the Lucifer of Earth mythology. During this time, the Enterprise crew begin to experiment with magic: Sulu conjures up a beautiful woman while Spock creates a Vulcan chess game. Lucien then warns the crew that their experiments would draw unwanted attention but it is too late.[1] The crew are transported into Salem during the middle of a witch trial where Lucien is the creature placed on trial by the Megans.

The Megans are determined to put humanity and the Enterprise crew on trial for what humans did to their people during the Salem witch trails.[2] Kirk comes out in support of Lucien's life and says that killing him would make the Megans just like Humans.[3] Lucien's punishment is to be condemned into limbo for eternity for bringing humans into the Megan's world.[4] While Kirk states that humanity has progressed infinitely since 1691, the Megan's ignore his words. At the end of the trial, Kirk offers his life to save Lucien's and the Megans are so impressed by the captain's gesture that they spare Lucien and tell the Enterprise that they would welcome future human visits to their planet.[5] They also return the Enterprise to its proper universe.


Some critics consider Megas-tu to be "one of the best animated episodes" which placed "Kirk in the bizarre situation of having to defend a misunderstood Satan."[6] While it was quite ambitious and heady for a Saturday morning children's program, "it's somehow appropriate that Star Trek is able to pull it off successfully."[7] This intriguing animated episode postulated that witches on Earth were actually "travellers from another dimension where magic exists."[8] While this episode is somewhat similar to the live action star trek show "Plato's Stepchildren" where Kirk and his crew also gain superpowers, "it's actually a better episode, as Kirk pleads humanity's case to the Megans.[9] The show depicts Kirk succesfully defending Lucifer from banishment and noting that he will not fall prey to legendary superstitions. At the end of the episode following Kirk's succesful defense, Spock says ironically to Kirk: "This is the second time Lucifer was cast out and, thanks to you, the first time he was saved."[10]

See also

  • List of Star Trek: The Animated Series episodes


  1. ^ The Magicks of Megas-Tu
  2. ^ Mark A. Altman & Ed Gross, TrekNavigator: The Ultimate review guide to the entire Trek saga", BackBay Books, 1998. p.134
  3. ^ The Magicks of Megas-Tu
  4. ^ The Magicks of Megas-Tu
  5. ^ The Magicks of Megas-Tu
  6. ^ Altman & Gross, p.134
  7. ^ Altman & Gross, p.134
  8. ^ Altman & Gross, p.134
  9. ^ Altman & Gross, p.134
  10. ^ Altman & Gross, p.134

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