Series: The Animated Series
Air Date: September 29, 1973
Written by: Margaret Armen
Directed by: Hal Sutherland
All the men of the crew fall into the hands of life-sucking women, so the female crew takes over!
While buzzing through space, the Enterprise picks up a signal from a distant planet. And the guys are all like "Oooo! It's so pretty! It's like it's calling to us! Beckoning us!" But the girls are all like "What? What are you talking about? It's just some kind of sound." So, since there's a man in command, they follow the signal. While on their way, all the men start hallucinating. They see beautiful women doing sensual things in serine places. It's like they have softcore porn on in their mind, except it's dumbed down for a cartoon viewing audience.
When they arrive at the planet where the signal is coming from, Bones, Kirk and Spock all beam down and find an ancient city filled with beautiful women in gold dresses. Naturally, they try to establish communications. But no sooner do they start to enjoy themselves than they are knocked unconscious by the alien women. And when they wake up, they have a band around their head and have aged quite considerably. Meanwhile, back on the ship, Scotty sings an old Scottish sea shanty.
|While Uhura and Chapel look on with concern.|
Meanwhile, back on the Enterprise, Uhura has taken command, recognizing that all the men are behaving irrationally. She and Chapel put together a crack team of women to beam down to the surface and save the men! So, they beam down, confront the native women and learn that they had fled from a dying planet only to arrive here where they encountered a life-draining force. The women developed a biological resistance to the force, effective only if they can replenish their own life-force every 27 years. So they use the lorelai signal to capture men to drain their energy.
|Because they're worth it!|
I kind of wish there would have been a women-taking-over episode of The Original Series... but I guess it's fine that we have it here. By this point I'm learning to live with the animation and just suspending disbelief in order to follow the story. (Even though in this episode Nurse Chapel's sleeve becomes red for an instant.) The story here, however, leaves a little to be desired when it comes to believability. There is only so far my disbelief can be suspended. And it has nothing to do with the women taking over, it has to do with how the women on the planet are able to call their victims and drain their energy. Oh well. ONWARD.