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The Lorelei Signal 

Female crew members must take over the Enterprise when the men are incapacitated by a race of sirens.

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Hal Sutherland

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Margaret Armen | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk (voice)
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock (voice)
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy (voice)
George Takei ... Sulu (voice) (credit only)
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura / Dara / Davison / Enterprise Computer (voice)
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel / Theela (voice)
James Doohan ... Scott / Lt. Carver (voice)
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A mysterious signal from an unexplored planet mesmerizes the male crewmen of the Enterprise into daydreaming of fantasy women. Female crewmen remain unaffected. Following the signal, Kirk beams down with an all-male landing party and is quickly subdued. Awakening, they find themselves wearing headbands that siphon off their life force, making them age quickly, bestowing long life and beauty upon the all-female residents of the planet. The weakened landing party manages to escape and hide from their captors in a hollow outdoor sculpture. Meanwhile, Uhura, seeing the men become completely useless and constant daydreamers, takes command of the Enterprise. She assembles another landing party (all-female) to rescue the first. They win a battle over the female inhabitants, who, willing to release Kirk and his party, don't know where they are. Using a locater device, they see that the men are about to drown in the sculpture, which is filling with water from a rainstorm. Uhura's party runs ... Written by Tony-B4

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Trivia

The planet name, Taurus II, appears to be the same name as the hostile planet a party led by Spock crash-landed on in Star Trek: The Original Series: The Galileo Seven (1967) from the original live-action series. "The Star Trek Concordance", (c) 1975, tried to explain this apparent inconsistency by mentioning that even on 20th century earth there were wild, untamed regions where, if a space traveler landed there, they would find it hard to believe that places such as London or Paris existed on the same planet. See more »

Goofs

Theela's earrings in most scenes look like crescent moons, but when she first appears and when she first talks with Uhura, her right earring is triangular. See more »

Quotes

Captain James T. Kirk: Did it work?
Lt. Uhura: You're more handsome than ever.
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Connections

Featured in Drawn to the Final Frontier (2006) See more »

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Yr Hufen Melyn
Performed by James Doohan
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Uhura takes charge
22 April 2020 | by cashbacherSee all my reviews

This episode is memorable for in it Lieutenant Uhura takes command of the Enterprise in a very forceful way. This was the first time that a female had a command position on the Enterprise. A certain area of space is known for somehow absorbing starships on a periodic basis and the Enterprise is sent to investigate. There is a colony of females on a planet and they are able to send out a signal similar to that of the Sirens of Greek mythology. Males find the sounds irresistible, while females simply find them annoying. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and another crewman beam down and have bands placed on their heads that drain their life energy and age them rapidly. The women on the planet can remain immortal if they drain male life energy on a regular basis. Once it is clear that the males on the Enterprise are being rendered useless, Uhura takes command and then leads a rescue team down to the planet. When confronted, her "Phasers on stun, fire!" command is worthy of anything Kirk could muster. Once the opposing women are subdued, they manage to find the missing members of the Enterprise crew and restore them to health. This is my favorite episode of the animated series, aired for the first time in 1973, it featured one of several cinematic firsts, a black woman in command, that are the proud property of the Star Trek legacy.


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29 September 1973 (USA) See more »

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