Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 1

The Pirates of Orion

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Sep 07, 1974 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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

    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.