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.
|I'M A SUPER HERO, YOU CAN'T|
DO THIS TO ME!
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.