The Lorelei Signal
Episode 4 of 16 within Season One. Item 4 of 22 overall.
Production number 22006.
Margaret Armen - Writer
Hal Sutherland - Director
6.71
21 votes

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
Next episode :
005 More Tribbles, More Troubles

regional titles

Dutch
Unknown
English
The Lorelei Signal
French
L'appel de Lorelei
German
Das Lorelei Signal
Irish
Unknown
Italian
Il segnale di Lorelei
Spanish
La seņal de Lorelei