Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 1

The Pirates of Orion

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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 pointy-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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