Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 1

The Pirates of Orion

4
Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Sep 07, 1974 on NBC
8.0
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When Spock is stricken by a disease fatal to Vulcans, the Enterprise is to meet a freighter with a load of drugs that provides the only cure, but Orion pirates attack the ship and Kirk must track down the Orions and the drug before it is too late.moreless

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  • While Spock lies ill, Orion pirates hijack the drug shipment desperately needed to save his life.

    7.0
    Howard Weinstein was just 19 when he wrote this script, making him the youngest writer in the history of Star Trek. (He went on to write several Star Trek novels.) He did an okay job, incorporating the seldom used Orion race into the story, which is a nice change of pace from the usual black-hats, the Klingons. Unfortunately, after the alien race of Orions was established as being pronounced "the oh-Ryans" in the original series, in this episode the race is pronounced "the Ore-ee-Ons." So unless the viewer has the subtitles on, the tie-in to the original series isn't evident. Aside from that, the episode is fine, though nothing special.moreless
  • The Orions have stolen the cure that Spock needs or he will die

    7.8
    This episode scores lower than I would usually rate just because it took a long time for the real story to get going. Once again, don't get me wrong, I thought the episode was good, but it did have a few slow parts that were a little dull. It is interesting to see what the Orion pirates looked like on this series compared to when we see the Orions again in later series. I would have thought they would have been more greener than they are on this episode, but that didn't hurt the story at all. An average episode that would have been better if the story was faster paced.moreless
George Takei

George Takei

Orion Science Officer/Lieutenant/Huron Helmsman

Guest Star

James Doohan

James Doohan

Orion Commander/Transporter Chief/Captain O'Shea/Orion Ensign

Guest Star

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Huron First Officer

Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei

Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Recurring Role

James Doohan

James Doohan

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

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Nurse Christine Chapel / Lt. M'Ress

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Spock first collapses on the Bridge, McCoy is suddenly standing next to Kirk--making Kirk's call to Sickbay redundant.

    • When McCoy briefs Kirk on Spock's illness in the briefing room, there's a brief shot of McCoy from the shoulders up and a tricorder strap can be seen on his left shoulder, although he's not carrying one in previous or subsequent shots.

    • In one scene on the bridge, McCoy calls Captain Kirk from sickbay for Spock to get another injection. When Kirk orders Spock to go in the next shot, McCoy is standing next to him at the captain's chair. Then when Spock walks by Kirk, McCoy has disappeared.

    • Just before McCoy shows Captain Kirk the analysis of Spock's blood, the insignia on his uniform is missing.

    • The door to the conference room should have automatically opened when Spock approached it. He wouldn't have had to knock on it.

    • There is no sound effect when Mccoy injects Spock with the sythesized drug early in the episode. Also, Spock implies the shot would hurt, but the hypos are designed to be painless.

    • At the end of the episode Captain Kirk says the Orion ship is in tow, but it's nowhere to be seen on the external shot.

    • The word "Orion" is mispronounced throughout the entire episode. The cast pronouces it OR'-EE-ON. Kirk cites the Babel conference as having been their last dealings with the Orions ("Journey to Babel"). In that original series episode, Orion was pronounced correctly. OR-I'-ON.

    • When the Orion captain is beamed aboard the Enterprise and the Orion first officer exclaims that they are gone, his voice speeds up to about halfway between normal speed and Alvin and the Chipmunks speed.

    • The Orions in this episode are blue-skinned, for reasons that are never explained. Typically Orions are green-skinned, but we've only seen females up to this episode so it would be difficult to tell. It's also possible there are several "colonies" of Orions, and only one is green-skinned.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Kirk: It'll hurt seeing him like that.
      McCoy: I know. As much as it might seem at times that I can't stand that point-eared encyclopedia, I don't want to see that happen to him.

    • McCoy: This won't hurt a bit, Spock.
      Spock: An unnecessary assurance, Doctor, in addition to being untrue.
      McCoy: That's the last time I waste my bedside manner on a Vulcan.
      Spock: Such restraint would be welcome.

    • McCoy: Blasted Vulcan. Why couldn't you have red blood like any normal human?

    • McCoy: What's the use of being a doctor anyway? We're only as good as our drugs and technology make us. Underneath all the tricks, I might as well be practicing in the Middle Ages.
      Kirk: If you really believed that, Bones, you wouldn't still be a doctor after 25 years.

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