[5.6/10] I’m beginning to pick up a trend with The Animated Series. Granted, we’re only a third of the way through the brief series, so it’s hard to make any grand pronouncements. Still, it seems like several episodes of the show so far go through some standard mystery/action stuff that is competent but not every exciting through the first two acts, and then pull some legitimately heady and noteworthy stuff out of the box in the third one.
That’s the case for “Infinite Vulcan”, where most of the episode is a standard “oh no, some powerful aliens have kidnapped a member of the crew and there’s suspiciously convenient reasons why we can’t use our advanced technology to save him!” story. If anything, this one feels more Saturday Morning Cartoon than most episodes, with the cackling, oversized bad guys and the plant-people attacking our heroes.
It’s not until the third act that we get some color to a pretty boring escapade. The evil giant human was part of the Eugenics wars, and is actually the fifth clone of a participant in them, who wants to clone Spock not to wage war, but to effect peace. The plant people (who either take the form of anthropomorphized artichokes or corkscrew-nippled dragons) also wanted to travel the stars to create peace.
There’s some neat stuff in the finale, including Giant Spock using the “mind touch” to transmit his brain back to Spock Prime, and the twist that the big bad isn’t so bad and will use his eugenics technology to help rehabilitate the sentient plant species. But too much of the episode is the usual “smash smash kidnap” adventure, which makes most of it pretty dull until the third act twists.