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Dr. McCoy is arrested and charged with causing an alien plague.


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Dario Finelli

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Episode cast overview:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk (voice)
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock (voice)
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy (voice)
George Takei ... Sulu (voice)
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura (voice)
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel (voice) (credit only)
James Doohan ... Scott / Dramian Supreme Prefect / Kol-Tai (voice)


When the Enterprise visits the planet Dramia, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy is arrested on charges of genocide. 19 years ago, McCoy had visited the neighboring planet Dramia II, heading a mass inoculation program. Shortly after he left, the planet was ravaged by a plague epidemic which was blamed on his vaccines. There were few survivors. While McCoy is on trial, the entire crew of the Enterprise is infected with the same plague. McCoy has to both clear his name and discover a cure to the plague. Written by Dimos I

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28 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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This installment apparently contradicts the Writers'/Directors' Guide for Star Trek: The Original Series, which describes McCoy as having joined Starfleet only in middle age, after he was divorced; that would mean he couldn't have worked on Dramia II during his early adulthood. See more »


After beaming up to the Enterprise near the end of the story, Dr. McCoy is seen wearing a gold shirt instead of his usual blue for one shot. See more »


Capt. Kirk: Gentlemen, I don't know about you, but I'm ready to get back to Starbase.
Mr. Spock: Yes, sir.
Dr. McCoy: And I'm ready to get back to some of that monotonous, ol' routine sickbay work.
Mr. Spock: Including, I would hope, some of that monotonous, old dispensing of the regular vitamin rations to the crew.
Dr. McCoy: What is that supposed to mean?
Mr. Spock: Well, you have been derelict in your duties, of late, doctor.
Dr. McCoy: Spock, you know as well as I do what we've all just been through.
Mr. Spock: Hippocrates would not have approved of lame excuses, doctor.
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Surprisingly good.
18 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Albatross" is a surprisingly good episode of "Star Trek the Animated Series". Now I am NOT saying it's well-animated. No, as usual the animation really sucks as the characters move in a very robotic fashion and the quality of many (but not all) of the drawings is suspect. But the story itself is MUCH closer to the style of the original "Star Trek"--something severely lacking in many of the cartoons. Many feel like they are more designed for kids and not for Trek-lovers--which was probably the case back in 1974. This one, on the other hand, could have been hashed out into a decent script for a live-action show.

As for the show, Dr. McCoy helps a race of beings on a far off planet. For his troubles, he is arrested--and charged with killing off a race on a nearby planet 19 years ago! So, it's like the old saying "No good deed goes unpunished" and McCoy and his BFFs need to reconstruct events to determine if McCoy's vaccinations of these people long ago led to a plague (Jenny McCarthy, take note).

Overall, not great because of the craptastic animation. But tolerable because of the good script.

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