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Star Trek - The Animated Series, Vol. 10: The Pirates of Orion/ The Practical Joker

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Privateers in space and an amusing then annoying practical joker

  • Mar 9, 2007
In the first episode, Spock is suffering from a fatal disease and will soon die without receiving a specific medication that is not on the Enterprise. A message is sent out and the Enterprise is scheduled to rendezvous with another Federation vessel that has the medication. Everything seems to be going smoothly and there appears to be plenty of time until the other vessel is hijacked by Orion pirates. When the Enterprise arrives at the rendezvous point and the ship is not there, they set out to find the pirate ship, which is easily done.
Orion is officially neutral so the captain of the Orion ship is under orders to self-destruct rather than compromise their neutrality. Since that would lead to the death of Spock, Kirk must be very careful when negotiating with the Orion captain. Kirk's obvious willingness to compromise makes his situation difficult, but by agreeing to meet with the Orion captain on the surface of a planet, he is able to meet him face to face. When it is clear that the Orion captain has a suicide pack on, Kirk is able to defuse it by beaming the contents to the Enterprise. The Orion captain is then captured and the Orion ship is surrendered.
The second episode begins with the Enterprise being pursued by several Romulan ships. In order to evade them, Kirk orders the Enterprise to enter a strange energy cloud. This tactic works, but suddenly the computer begins acting strangely. It has become an incredibly annoying practical joker. My favorite was when Spock looks into a binocular viewer and when he turns around, he has black circles around his eyes. The loss of computer control continues to get worse, so Kirk pretends to be terrified of the thought of re-entering the energy cloud. Thinking that it will play another joke on Kirk, the computer steers the Enterprise into the cloud. This time, the condition is reversed and when they emerge, the computer is back to normal. However, the pursuing Romulans are now suffering the same fate and the story ends with the crew of the Enterprise laughing at the Romulan's predicament. Kirk promises to send them the solution after an appropriate period of time.
The first episode is probably a precursor to what will happen if humans encounter other beings in space. Those that are not as technically advanced will resort to whatever tactics they need to in order to acquire wealth and technology. Privateers have been a part of human existence on Earth since the development of sailing ships and there is no reason to believe it will be any different in space.
The second episode is amusing, although it takes too long for the Enterprise crew to figure out what is going wrong. Secondly, it is absurd to believe that there would not be a way for the Enterprise crew to simply reboot the Enterprise computer from protected storage. Nevertheless, it was funny to see Spock with black rings around his eyes.

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