CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
September 29, 1973
Run Time: 24 minutes
Episode 4 – “The Lorelei Signal”
Roughly every 27 years a spaceship disappears. The Enterprise investigates and hears an eerie signal at the precisely calculated moment in time. Men aboard the ship experience alluring visions of women calling to them, harpy-like through the signal. Captain Kirk orders the ship to head toward the signal coming from a planet 20 light years away. The women aboard the ship are not affected the same way as the men. Uhura becomes suspicious and has Nurse Chappel come to the bridge to assist her in observing the changing behavior of the men.
This would be the 1970s version of what’s happening in a lot of movies and TV shows in 2020: women power. I liked the episode because it’s part of the story and not forced. The real stars of the Enterprise aren’t the men who are weakened by the alien species that drain their lifeforce, but the women who protect them. It was good to see Uhura and Nurse Chappel (voiced by Majel Barret) as the stars for this episode, taking charge. We didn’t see any episodes like this on Star Trek The Original Series. I think this might have been a first for the franchise. The episode was written by Margaret Armen.
Well done, great story. Recommended.
Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️