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"The Time Trap"

Episode 12

Written by: Joyce Perry

Directed by: Hal Sutherland

Airdate: Nov. 24, 1973

Stardate: 5267.2

Caught in an ion storm, the U.S.S. Enterprise and a Klingon battlecruiser are drawn into a time warp called the Delta Triangle and must cooperate in order to escape it.

Voice Credits:

Regular Characters:
Captain Kirk William Shatner
Mr. Spock Leonard Nimoy
Dr. McCoy DeForest Kelley
Scotty James Doohan
Lieutenent Sulu George Takei
Lieutenent Uhura Nichelle Nichols

Guest Characters:
Gabler James Doohan
Bell James Doohan
Commander Kuri George Takei
Captain Kor James Doohan
Kaz James Doohan
Klingon #1 George Takei
Xerius James Doohan
Devna Nichelle Nichols
Magen Nichelle Nichols


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  • The story featured in a 1972 Gold Key STAR TREK comic had essentially the same plotline as this episode.
  • This episode's premise of starships accidentaly passing into a nigh-inescapable limbo world was again employed in the February 2001 STAR TREK: Voyager episode "The Void". The solution in this latter story was again that cooperation was the only means of escaping the netherspace.
  • Many, many ships were seen in this episode, which would have been very expensive to do live action.
  • This episode, which was the last animated episode to feature Klingons, is also the final appearance of the smooth-foreheaded Klingons. Six years and two weeks later, STAR TREK: The Motion Picture debuted in theaters and ushered in the era of the crab-headed "new-look" Klingons.
  • There was a dialog error in this episode: Kirk stated the stardate as 52.2, then later in the episode said it was 5267.6. The first stardate was probably supposed to be 5267.2, but the 67 was left off.
  • The S.S. Bonaventure, the first starship with warp drive, was seen in this episode.
  • Klingon Commander Kor was seen in this episode and was originally seen in the original series episode "Errand of Mercy." Kor was played by John Colicos in the original series but was voiced by James Doohan in animated form. John Colicos did later reprise his role of Kor in three episodes of STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine: "Blood Oath", "The Sword of Kahless" and "Once More Unto the Breach".
  • In the November 1998 episode of STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine, "Once More Unto the Breach", Kor mentioned that he served aboard the Klothos, a D-5-class battle cruiser sometime when the Klingons were still the adversaries of the Federation. Kor, of course, commanded the Klothos in the animated episode "The Time Trap." This is a direct tie-in, which makes the animated series that much more canon!
  • There is a page that focuses on the Klingon Battle Cruiser that was featured prominently in this episode.
  • There was a STAR TREK novel by David Dvorkin entitled "Timetrap" published by Pocket Books in June 1988, but it is an entirely different story.
  • A Limited Edition Collectors Cel inspired by this episode was once available from Tuttle Enterprises. The cel was number ST-14.
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  • A VHS video tape containing "The Time Trap" and "The Magicks of Megas-tu" is available for purchase from, the online bookseller.
  • "The Time Trap" was novelized by Alan Dean Foster in Star Trek Log Four published by Ballantine Books in March 1975. Also novelized in the book was "More Tribbles, More Troubles" and "The Terratin Incident".

STAR TREK Novel is Direct Sequel to "The Time Trap"

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In September 2003, STAR TREK novel authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore contacted me to inform me that they were working on a new Starfleet Corps of Engineers novel that would be a direct sequel to the Animated STAR TREK epsiode "The Time Trap". I was thrilled, since that was my favorite animated episode. But, there was more to their missive. They also wanted to know if it would be okay to name a character in the book after me! One of the Starfleet personnel in the tale, who was to work hand in hand with the S.C.E. characters, was to be named Curt Danhauser - as a sort of homage to me for my efforts to give long-overdue respect to the forgotten series by creating this website and also for my work on the Animated STAR TREK Trading Card set.

I said "Yes", of course, and to make a long story short, one year later, in September 2004, their book was published. It is entitled STAR TREK - Starfleet Corps of Engineers #44: Where Time Stands Still and it is a really great read. In addition to its being an exciting adventure story, it is also important because it is the first novel published by Pocket Books to directly acknowledge and tie-in with events from the Animated STAR TREK series. It also reconciles some of the events of Starfleet's early history as described by the Enterprise and Animated STAR TREK series. I encourage all lovers of good adventure and especially fans of the Animated STAR TREK to get Starfleet Corps of Engineers #44 - if only to find out the fate of my namesake. Below is a synopsis of the book and a handy link to's page for the book.

      Curt Danhauser, January 15, 2005

Before the twenty-fourth-century adventures of David Gold, Sonya Gomez, and the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci came the more rough-and-tumble Starfleet Corps of Engineers of the twenty-third century. In the wake of an incident involving the Starship Enterprise and the infamous Delta Triangle, Lieutenant Commander Mahmud al-Khaled and the crew of the run-down U.S.S. Lovell must "open" the Triangle -- and also find a lost generation ship that was last seen entering the phenomenon. But the mission grows even more complex when the Gorn arrive, demanding -- at gunpoint -- that the Gorn criminals inside the Triangle be returned to them. A gripping new twenty-third-century drama in the tradition of Foundations! During their adventures near the Delta Quadrant, the crew of the U.S.S. Lovell work with the crew of the science starship U.S.S. T'Saura including science officer Lieutenant Commander Curtis Danhauser!


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