Kirk and Spock
join a party of aliens to search for and recover a priceless artifact,
the loss of which may cause a galactic holy war; but they soon learn that one of the
party is a saboteur.
- Jihad is an Arabic word which means holy war.
- This episode's author Stephen Kandel wrote another animated STAR TREK episode
"Mudd's Passion". He also wrote the two Harry Mudd episodes of the
Original STAR TREK series, "Mudd's Women" and "I, Mudd."
- The character of Tchar was an eight-foot tall birdlike alien who was shown flying in the episode. Tchar
would have been impossible to do in a live action series, as written. This is a good example of the animated
STAR TREK series being able to show us interesting non-humanoid aliens.
- There is a page in this site that focuses on the Vedalan Land Vehicle
that featured prominently in this episode.
- This episode was the last episode of the first season.
- Four starships were seen in orbit of Vedala. The ships were drawings reused from
"The Time Trap." The ships presumably belonged to Tchar, Sord, Lara and Em/3/Green.
- A VHS video tape containing "The Jihad"
and "The Terratin Incident" is available for purchase from
amazon.com, the online bookseller.
- "The Jihad" was novelized by Alan Dean Foster in Star Trek Log Five
published by Ballantine Books in August 1975. Also novelized in the book was
"The Ambergris Element" and "The Pirates of Orion".