The Lorelei Signal
Episode 4 of 16 within Season One. Item 4 of 22 overall.
Production number 22006.
Margaret Armen - Writer
Hal Sutherland - Director
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Stardates: 5483.7--Investigating a sector of space where starships have disappeared every 27 years, the U.S.S. Enterprise finds a race of beautiful women who survive by drawing the energy from the male members of the ships that they have lured to their planet.

original airdate--September 29,1973


Starships: U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701

Goofs: As Spock lies in Sick Bay giving instructions to Nurse Chapel, the other female crew member changes from African-American to Caucasian.

  • when Chapel beamed down to Taurus II, she was wearing a red uniform instead of her normal blue medical uniform.


Trivia: The title of this episode is a reference to the Legend of the Lorelei, which is an old German tale of a beautiful woman who lured sailors to the Rhine causing them to crash on the rocks - analogous to the sirens of Ancient Greek mythology.

  • Uhura assumed command of the ship when all the men aboard the Enterprise become distracted by the telepathic signal sent by the women of Taurus II.
  • Lorelei was a Rhine River water nymph whose siren song drew sailors to crash upon the rocks from the story "Lore Lay" written by Klemens Brentano, which was later turned into a poem by Heinrich Heine.
  • While under the influence of the Lorelei women's probe signal, Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott shows his Scottish origins when he sings a romantic Scottish song while sitting in the bridge command chair. No wonder Uhura relieved him of duty!


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Previous episode :
003 One of Our Planets is Missing
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005 More Tribbles, More Troubles

regional titles

The Lorelei Signal
L'appel de Lorelei
Das Lorelei Signal
Il segnale di Lorelei
La seņal de Lorelei