This is the "space sirens" episode. You remember sirens from The Odyssey, surely?
But enough about that. If "Lorelei Signal" is significant or worth talking about at all, it's not for the elements that make it look like one of the worst possible episodes to sell you on the series, but rather its heavy focus on the female members of the crew. Uhura takes command of the ship after all the male officers are compromised by a society of aliens who seem to come straight from...the worst episodes of Next Generation's first season.
Yes, Uhura in command! Your one and only opportunity to see that happen!
|via Mister Comfy Pants (let's just forget about that, shall we?)|
All that being said, not until Voyager would there be an opportunity for women in Star Trek to so thoroughly grab the spotlight. Any lingering concerns on how the franchise viewed the female sex in its earliest years at least has the making of an argument with this episode.
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