Kirk and crew beam aboard a
huge derelict starship from an insect race, and learn that
the ship's crew self-destructed rather than carry a still-living malevolent
entity to other worlds.
- This was the first episode of the animated series and first aired on September 8, 1973,
exactly seven years to day that the first episode of the original series aired.
- "Beyond the Farthest Star" featured the first appearance of the second exit on the
- This episode's author Samuel Peeples previously wrote "Where No Man Has Gone Before",
the second pilot for the original STAR TREK series. Samuel Peeples later became a
writer on "Space Academy" which was a half-hour live-action series produced by Filmation
which aired in 1977. He later became the story editor on "Jason of Star Command" a
live-action spin-off of "Space Academy." James Doohan was a regular in "Jason of Star Command",
playing Commander Canarvan. The series was produced by Filmation, and aired in 1978 and 1979.
- The huge pod spaceship featured in the episode would have been cost prohibitive to
do in a live action series.
- There is a page in this site that focuses on the Ancient Pod Ship
that featured prominently in this episode.
- Transporter Chief Kyle appeared in this episode sporting a mustache. Lieutenant Kyle
was first seen in the Original Series episode "Tomorrow is Yesterday" and was portrayed by
John Winston in ten original series episodes.
Mr. Winston did not provide the voice of the animated Kyle however.
- In this episode the bridge defense system was seen and played a major part in the
story. This system would have been cost prohibitive to do in a live action series.
- This episode's stardate was listed incorrectly as 5521.3 in every published episode guide to the
animated series, starting with Bjo Trimble's STAR TREK Concordance.
- The "slingshot effect" was used in this episode.
- A Limited Edition Collectors Cel inspired by this episode
was once available from Tuttle Enterprises. The cel was number ST-16.
(Advertisement showing these cels, 142 KB gif).
- A VHS video tape containing "Beyond the Farthest Star"
and "Yesteryear" is available for purchase from
amazon.com, the online bookseller.
- "Beyond the Farthest Star" was novelized by Alan Dean Foster in Star Trek Log One
published by Ballantine Books in June 1974. Also novelized in the book was
"Yesteryear" and "One of Our Planets Is Missing".