Star Trek: The Animated Series

Albatross

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 9/28/74
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  • Episode Description
  • Dr. McCoy is arrested and held responsible for causing a plague that ravaged the planet Dramia Two, where he performed a mass-inoculation 19 years earlier.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nichelle Nichols

    Lt. Uhura

  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy

  • James Doohan

    Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott / Lt. Arex

  • George Takei

    Lt. Hikaru Sulu

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • When the Enterprise delivers medical supplies to Dramia II, Dr. MCoy is arrested and charged with the murders of millions of inhabitants.

    By Celedorian, Feb 26, 2011

  • McCoy is blamed for causing a plague on a planet he was once on many years ago. He is also the only one who can cure this disease when the crew of the Enterprise get the disease themselves and are dying.

    By GameraTrekkie, Nov 29, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Kirk: Besides, he'll probably prefer to sneak on board, seeing that we carelessly left the hangar doors open. Uhura: But the hangar doors aren't open, Captain. Kirk: Ah, yes. Take care of that oversight, will you, Mr. Sulu?

    • Kirk: Now, now, Demos. You're hardly in a position to take on an entire crew. Demos: And you are not in authority to conduct an investigation in our star system. Kirk: You will remind me to report my conduct to the Federation, won't you, Mr. Spock? Spock: Of course, Captain.

    • Scotty: You're sure it's safe, Captain? Kirk: Absolutely. Spock: Decidedly. There's a difference, Captain. Kirk: Now, now, Mr. Spock, you're not trying to scare our Dramian friend, are you?

    • Demos: I would advise against that, Captain. Kirk: I'm sure you won't mind if I ignore your advice.

    • Kirk: Not the most enchanting place I've ever been to. Demos: Plagues seldom leave behind fields of flowers, Captain.

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    Notes (4)

    • Majel Barrett is credited and Nurse Chapel appears, but has no dialogue.

    • Despite the fact that Bill Reed is credited as director at the beginning, Hal Sutherland is listed in the end credits as usual.

    • Lou Scheimer (Demos) is the series producer providing his voice to the series.

    • This is Dario Finelli's one and only contribution to Star Trek, or writing in general. A pity, because after "Yesteryear" this is arguably one of the animated series' most "adult" episode. Presenting a central character as a genocidal mass murderer on what was purportedly a kid's cartoon show is certainly a risky move.

    Trivia (8)

    • McCoy repeatedly has/doesn't have a black strap across his left shoulder while treating Kirk and finding a treatment for the plague.

    • On beaming up from Dramia II, the pad orientation is not the usual circular pattern. It's two sets of three side by side. The people beaming in do not stand on the pads.

    • When confronting Dramo on first entering the ship, Spock's insignia appears on the right side, instead of the normal left.

    • McCoy says that the crew are in the terminal stage. But as established earlier red is the terminal stage and Kirk is still green-ish. Later when McCoy administers the antidote to the other victims, they're green as well.

    • Kirk and Spock both beam down to Dramia II unarmed yet Demos, their prisoner who they'd just arrested for stowing away on the Enterprise, still possessed his weapon throughout the episode.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Title Referencing Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In the poem a sailor kills an albatross, considered by sea men to be a sign of good fortune. The sailor is forced to wear the corpse of the bird around his neck as penance. Only suffering through immense hardship and trial does the sailor eventually find redemption and the albatross drops from his neck. Ever since the term albatross has referred to a past sin or misdeed committed by an individual that requires the individual to take some sort of personal action to correct.

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