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"The Survivor"

Episode 6

Written by: James Schmerer

Directed by: Hal Sutherland

Airdate: Oct. 13, 1973

Stardate: 5143.3

Patrolling near the Neutral Zone, the U.S.S. Enterprise finds a ship manned by Carter Winston, a Federation citizen who has been missing for 5 years. Winston turns out to really be a Vendorian, an alien species that can transform its shape at will.

Voice Credits:

Regular Characters:
Captain Kirk William Shatner
Mr. Spock Leonard Nimoy
Dr. McCoy DeForest Kelley
Scotty James Doohan
Lieutenent Sulu George Takei
Nurse Chapel Majel Barrett
Lieutenent M'Ress Majel Barrett

Guest Characters:
Lieutenent Ann Nored Nichelle Nichols
Carter Winston Ted Knight
Romulan Commander James Doohan
Gabler James Doohan
Computer Voice Majel Barrett



  • This episode featured the first appearance of Lieutenant M'Ress.
  • The late Ted Knight did the voice of Carter Winston. He later gained fame as Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1970 to 1977.
  • The Vendorian alien seen in this episode would have been impossible to do convincingly in a live-action show. Another example of the animated STAR TREK series being able to show us interesting non-humanoid aliens.
  • There is a page in this site devoted to the Carter Winston's Personal Starship that was seen briefly at the beginning of this episode.
  • This episode featured the first appearance of Romulans on the Animated STAR TREK series. Romulans appeared again in "The Time Trap" and "The Practical Joker".
  • There is a page in this site devoted to the Romulan Ships that were seen in this episode.
  • The author of this episode, James Schmerer, has written quite a number of other television series episodes, including those for Mannix, Hawaii Five-O, The Fall Guy and Starsky & Hutch. Interestingly, Schmerer colaborated on the script of the 8th episode of MacGyver with Douglas Brooks West and fellow STAR TREK writer Stephen Kandel. Coincidentally, that episode also featured guest actress Nana Visitor who would go on to become the regular cast member Major Kira Nerys on STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine.
  • Majel Barrett did three voices in this episode.
  • Transporter Chief Kyle was seen in this episode, again sporting a moustache, but he had no dialogue.
  • There was a visual error in this episode, in one scene Lieutenant Nored's insignia was on the wrong side of her uniform.
  • Dr. McCoy's daughter, Joanna, was mentioned in this episode. The original draft of the original STAR TREK series episode "The Way to Eden" was called "Joanna" and had McCoy's daughter as one of the space hippies. The script was extensively rewritten and her character became Irina Galliulan.
  • A VHS video tape containing "The Survivor" and "The Lorelei Signal" is available for purchase from, the online bookseller.
  • "The Survivor" was novelized by Alan Dean Foster in Star Trek Log Two published by Ballantine Books in September 1974. Also novelized in the book was "The Infinite Vulcan" and "The Lorelei Signal".


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