Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lorelei Signal TAS

Stardate 5483.7
Writers: Margaret Armen
Aired: 9/29/73
Star Trek The Animated Series. 

In Star Trek TAS "Lorelei signal" Klingon and Federation starships have been disappearing in "bermuda" space once every 27 years. When the USS Enterprise arrives to investigate the Taurean II system, a mysterious signal causes the male crew to see a flood of pretty alien women from another world. The "signal" is in fact an audiovisual illusion which casts a spell on the Enterprise's male crew.

 The men, Captain Kirk, Spock, Dr McCoy and redshirt Carver are drawn to the mysterious siren call, blissfully unaware that they are in fact under a spell. Cunning females on Taurus II medicate their drinks with nectar causing dizziness. Why those sneaky little vixons!

 Ahead of its time, Star Trek is first, addressing social issues affecting easy targets set upon by predators. In a twist of fate the show demonstrates what can happen when drugs seduce unsuspecting victims. Only this time, Captain Kirk's pals are taken by complete surprise!

Fitted with golden headbands that drain their life energies, Kirk's friends get old and feeble minded quite rapidly. For the first and only time in Star Trek history, Uhura gets to command the ship and lead the away mission on the planets surface. In case you were wondering, a compound in Dr McCoys Medkit called Cortropine delays aging long enough for Lieutenant Uhura's crack team to rescue them.

Theela, the aliens leader of Taurean II explains. After their men died, the women survived by preying on unsuspecting fall guys. Fortunately the Enterprise transporter records the original molecular patterns allowing Mr Spock's gamble to save the day.

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers.


Jeremy Hawkins said...

Chicks, what ya goin' do? :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We're such suckers for beautiful women...

M Pax said...

Sounds a lot like an episode of the original series. Alien women are always hot, huh?

Li said...

That's one handy med kit. :)

Maurice Mitchell said...

Not a bad way to review is going up Friday, but I love your analogy of the seduction of drugs. I hadn't thought of that.

The Armchair Squid said...

McCoy probably added the anti-aging stuff to the med kit after the adventures in "The Deadly Years," the TOS episode to which M Pax may be referring.

Birgit said...

Good for Uhura! It's about time:)

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of Uhura taking charge of the situation.

Spacerguy said...

Thanks guys, Uhura's crack team proved sci-fi women are a true force in the universe especially when they've got phasers lock and loaded!

Pearson Report said...

Nothing like being part of the superior race. LOL

I enjoyed that!

Looking forward to your A to Z posts.

Cheers, Jenny
2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador

Spacerguy said...

Thanks Jenny, me too. The women were in essence immune to the force which drained humanoid energy because of their glandular secretions!

Arlee Bird said...

I'm sure I saw this episode but don't remember it now.

Are you ready for A to Z?

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
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