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.
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.
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