Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Star Trek TAS - Pirates of Orion

Stardate 6334.1
Writer: Howard Weinstein
Airdate: 7th September, 1974
Season 2 Episode 17

In Star Trek TAS "Pirates of Orion" the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 tracks an Orion spaceship to an explosive asteroid belt. Previously, we enjoyed green Orion Slave Women starring in trek's classic "The Cage."

We know vulcans have green blood, earthers have red. In this animated episode the disease, choriocytosis is deadly to vulcans and Mr Spock in particular who needs the cure Strobolin desperately from Beta Canopus, four days away.

Further analysis from ships Chief Medical Officer, Dr McCoy reveals the infection has entered the Science Officers copper based blood stream. The virus is attacking the cells coating them in something so they can't carry oxygen. To me this sounds like cell death and I can't help but wonder. Star Trek has tackled issues like racial segregation and the cold war etc because its true Science Fiction.

I believe theres a very real message in Pirates of Orion, its like a paradox sent from the past through time, maybe even one sent by Leonard Nimoy himself. I hope hes looking down on us, smiling. "Don't get involved in smoking."

To save time the Enterprise finally catches up with the USS Huron which has taken heavy hits. Kirk beams over. Spock now has 20 hours to live. Remember Melter from Marvel Comics? The commander of the Orion pirate ship was actually a native of Orion and looks like him! I don't want to spoil the ending, lets just say he gets caught in the act. This dude is a true Orion scoundrel. Unless Spock gets a shot of life saving Strobolin, its all over!

A little Captains Trickery is called for but who will win? Captain Kirk or the Orion Captain?
Live Long and Prosper, Bloggies and Trekkies.

MCCOY: Spock, theres no way you can deny it.
SPOCK: Doctor McCoy, I
MCCOY: I've waited a long time for this, and your not going to cheat me.
KIRK: Am I interupting something?
SPOCK: Nothing but Doctor McCoy's gloating.

... just like old times.



Elephant's Child said...

This sounds like a winner. And the very best fiction is truer than non-fiction. And as powerful.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think you're right about the message.

The Armchair Squid said...

The anti-smoking angle is an interesting one. Screenwriter Weinstein was only 18 when the episode aired. I can't find anything on it but I wonder if he'd had some experience with terminal illness.

Bill Nicholls said...

Some strange looking dudes in that, can't remember them from the original series

Spacerguy said...

I love it when the Orion Captain is caught red handed by the USS Enterprise NCC1701 totally compromising his planets neutrality. So what does he do, he tries to off himself and fails at that too. Good old Captain Kirk he saves the USS Enterprise once again. You gotta love that Spectral analysis chart - great for tracking down marauders.

Jeffrey Scott said...

Spock will never die.
Well, he did once, but turned out it was only a flesh wound.

Cherie Reich said...

Well, they just have to save Spock! It sounds like a thrilling episode.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Spectral Analysis rules! LOL It sounds like a fun episode, so I'm looking forward to watching.

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like a nice play on the anti smoking too, not right in your face.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It's a nice switch up to have Spock need help. His interactions with Bones are always my favorites.

A Beer For The Shower said...

I... actually didn't know that vulcans had green blood. Consider me informed.

And the best kind of science fiction is the kind that conveys the truth. Or foretells it.

Bish Denham said...

Of course Kirk will win the day and Spock will live. If it didn't happen that way, why... there'd be no Star Trek! GASP!

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