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While on a scientific mission to explore the core of the galaxy, the Enterprise crew meets an enthusiastic satyr-like figure named Lucien, who offers to show them the magical world of his planet, Megas-Tu. But the celebratory mood takes an ominous turn when Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy encounter a powerful race of beings who put humanity on trial while also attempting to expose Lucien for being none other than the Devil himself. Up to this point, "The Animated Series" successfully packed a lot into its 24-minute running times while still feeling like vintage episodes of "Star Trek." But with "The Magicks of Megas-Tu," the producers and writer Larry Brody may have bitten off more than they could chew. The premise is ambitious and imaginative, but it's all over the place with too many ideas that are never fully explored. After all, how could they be in just 24 minutes? But in spite of itself, "The Magicks of Megas-Tu" manages to stick the landing in true Captain Kirk fashion with a message that ultimately feels like classic "Star Trek" after all. So, it doesn't always work, but when it does, it does so splendidly.
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