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.
- 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
- 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
amazon.com, 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".