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The Pirates of Orion 

Spock contracts a fatal disease, and the medicine required for his cure is stolen by Orion pirates.


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Howard Weinstein | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk (voice)
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock (voice)
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy (voice)
George Takei ... Sulu / Huron Lieutenant (voice)
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura (voice)
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel / Library Computer / Huron Lieutenant (voice)
James Doohan ... Scott / O'Shea / Arex / Orion Captain / Transporter Chief (voice)


An illness sweeps the Enterprise, easily treatable for all except Spock, for whom it is fatal. Kirk arranges a tight rendezvous to get strobolin, the cure, in time to save Spock, but Orion pirates raid the cargo ship en route. Finding the Orions hiding within an explosive asteroid belt, Kirk means to strike a deal, unaware that all unsuccessful Orion missions end in suicide, with intent this time to take the Enterprise and crew along in an explosive finish. Written by statmanjeff

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It is stated that McCoy has been practicing medicine for 25 years. See more »


A close-up of Sulu at 14:21 shows another empty chair in the background. All seats should be filled during the time of emergency that they're in. See more »


Orion Captain: All unsuccessful Orion mission end in suicide.
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Far better than usual
12 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Far better than usual is in reference to this cartoon series. Normally, I'd give one of the shows a 4--this time it's a bit better due to slightly better writing. As for the animation, however, it's about the same quality as usual...terrible. As always for the show, the cell count is minuscule and this means robotic movement. Also, the characters are just terribly drawn--like a group of 8th graders made the thing.

The story finds Mr. Spock ill with a disease that won't kill humans...but it does kill Vulcans. The problem is that it's too far to go to get the medicine he needs, so they need to rely on a ship to bring it towards them and they'll race to get the needed drug. Unfortunately, space pirates steal the stuff and Kirk needs to convince the pirates to be nice guys and give it back! The story ain't great and the ending is a bit limp but at least it is a story- -the type you might have actually seen on the original "Star Trek". No stupid looking aliens and nothing that would irritate Trekkies.

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7 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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