Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 4


Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Sep 28, 1974 on NBC
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Episode Summary

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.

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

    This is another diamond in the rough. More than twenty years before Deep Space Nine turned a similar story idea into one of the series' best episodes, the animated series did its version and did it well. "Albatross" has it all: a cool alien design, a great guest voice in Lou Scheimer (who was actually an employee of Filmmation) and best of all, an exciting script that engages the viewer from beginning to end.

    The animators deserve special credit for dealing with the color changes demanded by the script consistently; however, at the end of the episode they finally mess up and put McCoy in a gold shirt!moreless
  • 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.moreless

    This is a truly amazing episode that could have been one of the original series episodes. It's writing is superb and the acting is truly great. Albatross is one of those episode that you forget that you are watching a cartoon and it really does feel like a full-fledged episode of Star Trek. The disease is interesting since it makes those who get the disease change their skin color before they die. The start off blue, then green and finally red before death. Overall, this is a highly recommended episode of this series. As I said, a great episode that truly is Trek!moreless
James Doohan

James Doohan

Kol-Tai/Supreme Prefect

Guest Star

Lou Scheimer

Lou Scheimer


Guest Star

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Lt. Uhura

Recurring Role

James Doohan

James Doohan

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

Recurring Role

George Takei

George Takei

Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

    • When Kirk asks Sulu about radiation on Dramia II, his uniform insignia badge is missing.

    • Kirk orders the hanger doors to be opened so that Demos will sneak aboard. The next shot shows Demos watching the hanger doors opening. Demos then flies straight through the newly opened doors without making any checks. This behavior seems very unlikely, if not stupid.

    • In the transporter room at the end, McCoy is wearing a yellow shirt in one shot.

  • 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.

    • Kirk: Trouble?
      Demos: They do not like outsiders.
      Spock: Surely you're not an outsider, Commander. You're Dramian.
      Demos: The distinction here is between the world of the living and the world of the walking dead.

    • Spock: He is hardly fit to testify at the trial, Captain.
      Kirk: We've got to save him!
      Demos: For McCoy's sake.
      Kirk: Yes, for McCoy's sake. And for Kol-Tai's sake, too.

    • McCoy: And I'm ready to get back to some of that monotonous old routine Sickbay work.
      Spock: Including, I would hope, some of that monotonous old dispensing of the regular vitamin rations to the crew.
      McCoy: What is that supposed to mean?
      Spock: Well, you have been derelict in your duties of late, Doctor.
      McCoy: Spock, you know as well as I do what we've all just been through.
      Spock: Hippocrates would not have approved of lame excuses, Doctor.

  • 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.


    • 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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