Dr. McCoy is arrested and charged with causing an alien plague.

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Capt. Kirk (voice)
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Mr. Spock (voice)
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Dr. McCoy (voice)
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Sulu (voice)
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Uhura (voice)
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Nurse Chapel (credit only)
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Scott / Dramian Supreme Prefect / Kol-Tai (voice)
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Dr. McCoy is arrested and charged with causing an alien plague.

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28 September 1974 (USA)  »

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The title Albatross is most likely referring to the metaphorical usage of the word albatross that has its origins in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, where the albatross symbolizes a psychological burden that feels like a curse. In this TAS story, Leonard McCoy is in a sort of similar way haunted by the possibility that his actions may have in fact somehow caused an outbreak of a disastrous plague that completely eradicated the population of an entire planet. See more »

Goofs

After beaming up to the Enterprise near the end of the story, Dr. McCoy is seen wearing a gold shirt instead of his usual blue for one shot. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Kirk: [having just beamed down to Dramia II] Not the most enchanting place I've ever been to.
Demos: Plagues seldom leave behind fields of flowers, Captain.
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Featured in Drawn to the Final Frontier (2006) See more »

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Surprisingly good.
18 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Albatross" is a surprisingly good episode of "Star Trek the Animated Series". Now I am NOT saying it's well-animated. No, as usual the animation really sucks as the characters move in a very robotic fashion and the quality of many (but not all) of the drawings is suspect. But the story itself is MUCH closer to the style of the original "Star Trek"--something severely lacking in many of the cartoons. Many feel like they are more designed for kids and not for Trek-lovers--which was probably the case back in 1974. This one, on the other hand, could have been hashed out into a decent script for a live-action show.

As for the show, Dr. McCoy helps a race of beings on a far off planet. For his troubles, he is arrested--and charged with killing off a race on a nearby planet 19 years ago! So, it's like the old saying "No good deed goes unpunished" and McCoy and his BFFs need to reconstruct events to determine if McCoy's vaccinations of these people long ago led to a plague (Jenny McCarthy, take note).

Overall, not great because of the craptastic animation. But tolerable because of the good script.


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