Spock contracts a disease that is fatal
to Vulcans, and Orion pirates make it difficult for the
Enterprise to rendezvous with
the S.S. Huron, a freighter that is
carrying the only known antidote.
- The starship U.S.S. Potempkin was mentioned in this episode. The U.S.S. Potempkin
was first seen in the original series episode "The Ultimate Computer" and was a Constitution-class
starship like the Enterprise.
- Orions played an important part in this episode. Orions were first seen in the unaired first pilot
for the original STAR TREK series "The Cage." They were also seen in "Journey to Babel", "Whom
Gods Destroy", "The Menagerie, Parts I and II" and in the animated tale "The Time Trap".
- This episode's writer, Howard Weinstein, scripted some
STAR TREK comic stories
in the 1990's that are regarded as some of the best STAR TREK stories produced by DC comics. These
stories included "Tests of Courage" (1994) - a Captain Sulu story, and "Revisitations" (1995) which
featured the return of Harry Mudd and Gary Seven.
- This episode was the first episode of the animated STAR TREK's second season.
- George Takei did the voices of no less than three characters in this episode.
- There is a page in this site devoted to the S.S. Huron
that featured prominently in this episode.
- This episode featured the first appearance of an Orion ship design, and of Orion males.
- Interestingly, in this episode, Kirk and crew mispronounced the word "Orion" as
"ore-EE-on", whereas in the original series episode "Journey to Babel" they correctly
pronounced it as "oh-RYE-un." Obviously the animated scripts needed a pronunciation
page as are typically used on all of today's STAR TREK scripts.
- There is a page in this site that focuses on the Orion Pirate Vessel
seen in this episode.
- A VHS video tape containing "The Pirates of Orion"
and "The Practical Joker" is available for purchase from
amazon.com, the online bookseller.
- "The Pirates of Orion" was novelized by Alan Dean Foster in Star Trek Log Five
published by Ballantine Books in August 1975. Also novelized in the book was
"The Ambergris Element" and w"The Jihad".