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Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Pirates of Orion

Spock is stricken ill with a disease that is fatal to Vulcans. With time running out, the Enterprise must rendezvous with another ship carrying the cure. However, Orion pirates hijack the shipment and Kirk must deal with them before Spock dies.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 22020
Airdate: Saturday September 07th, 1974

Guest Stars
James DoohanJames Doohan
voiced Transporter Chief, Captain O'Shea, Orion Commander, Orion Ensign
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
voiced Huron First Officer
George TakeiGeorge Takei
voiced Huron Helmsman, Orion Lieutenant
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
voiced Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
voiced Commander Spock
James DoohanJames Doohan
voiced Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Lt. Arex
George TakeiGeorge Takei
voiced Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
voiced Nurse Christine Chapel, Lt. M'Ress


The Enterprise has suffered an outbreak of choriocytosis, but the disease is not any more fatal then pneumonia. The ship proceeds to the dedication ceremonies of the Academy of Science on Deneb V. However, Spock collapses while working on the bridge. McCoy has him taken to Sickbay and confirms that choriocytosis is fatal to races with copper-based blood. There is only one cure, a rare naturally-occurring drug called strobolin. The nearest supply planet is too far away for Spock to survive. Even with a synthetic version of strobolin, McCoy can only sustain Spock for three days. McCoy suggests they set up a rendezvous...

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Episode 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 point-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.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
ProducerNorm Prescott
Associate ProducerD.C. Fontana
Story EditorD.C. Fontana
Art DirectorDon Christensen
Supervising DirectorHal Sutherland
Production ManagerRock Benedetto
Special EffectsReuben Timmins
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