- For other uses, see Sirens.
Background[edit | edit source]
In the Odyssey, the adventurer Ulysses, also known as Odysseus, heard the Sirens’ song while sailing home after the Trojan War. He had his crew stuff their ears, but had himself lashed to the mast so he could hear the beautiful song while being incapable of obeying the compulsion to go to the Sirens. (TOS comic: "What Fools These Mortals Be..")
History[edit | edit source]
In 2267, during Christopher Pike's treatment after delta rays had wrecked his body, he considered tricks of the mind and recalled the challenges faced by Odysseus against the three Sirens. (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)
Also in 2267, James T. Kirk had himself lashed to the mast of a sailing ship by Spock and Leonard McCoy so that he could hear the compelling song of the Sirens. The experience was orchestrated by Beings. (TOS comic: "What Fools These Mortals Be..")
In 2270, Kirk lamented that he should have been “lashed to a mast” instead of responding to a signal which lured a landing party to machinery that inverted their sexes. (TOS short story: "The Procrustean Petard")
In 2366, after exposure to a white hole, Geordi LaForge programmed a holodeck to recreate Odysseus’ experience with the Sirens. He lashed himself to the mast of an old sailing ship while three Sirens sang to him. When William T. Riker and Jean-Luc Picard saw LaForge, they recognized the scenario from the Odyssey. (TNG comic: "I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing")
In 2370, while traveling in the shuttle Feynman within the Dyson Sphere, Picard felt an odd signing sound coming from a group of islands, which reminded him of the Sirens. Picard recalled Odysseus and quoted from the Odyssey. (TNG novel: Dyson Sphere)
Other Sirens[edit | edit source]
Kos'karii, beasts of Klingon mythology, swam in the river of blood near the Barge of the Dead and used a siren song to lure warriors into the water. (VOY episode: "Barge of the Dead"; ST reference: Star Trek Encyclopedia)
In 2266, Kirk was mesmerized by Aidulac, a Siren, part of a sect of women on Pegasus Major IV who were able to exert undue influence on males of a number of species. They were named after the Sirens by the first Federation captain to encounter them. (ST - The Brave and the Bold, Book One novella: The First Artifact)
In 2268, Lorelei, the alluring Speaker of Hyla, was able to control people through what was described as “sonic brainwashing.” Jeweler’s wax was stuffed into the ears of Kirk, Spock and McCoy so as to not hear her. McCoy commented that the strategy had worked for Odysseus. (TOS novel: Mutiny on the Enterprise)
In 2269, when one part died of four bonded individuals that made up an Onctiliian, the high-pitched wail of the others sounded like a siren song which paralyzed three security officers. (TOS novel: The Trellisane Confrontation)
Also in 2269, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) encountered a colony of Taurean women led by Theela, who broadcast a Siren-like signal which hypnotized humanoid males and lured them to their planet, where they were drained of life energy. (TAS episode: "The Lorelei Signal")
Also in 2269, Kirk felt a nearly irresistible urge to join the Messiah’s crowd, drawn by an empathic siren call. McCoy was able to get Kirk to refocus his thoughts to saving the Enterprise. (TOS novel: Spock, Messiah!)
In 2284, after retiring from Starfleet, Kirk felt he was unable to “ignore the siren call of duty,” and became an instructor at Starfleet Academy. In 2293, Kirk described returning for a second five-year mission aboard the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) as being “unable to resist the siren call of the stars.” But he found himself able to ignore that call when it came to the USS Enterprise-B. (TOS novel: The Ashes of Eden)
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References[edit | edit source]
- TAS episode: "The Lorelei Signal"
- VOY episode: "Favorite Son"
- VOY episode: "Barge of the Dead"
- TOS comic: "What Fools These Mortals Be.."
- TOS short story: "The Procrustean Petard"
- TOS novel: Mutiny on the Enterprise
- TOS novel: Spock, Messiah!
- TOS novel: The Trellisane Confrontation
- TOS novel: Burning Dreams
- TOS - Mirror Universe novel: The Sorrows of Empire
- TOS novel: The Ashes of Eden
- TNG comic: "I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing"
- ST novel: Dark Passions
- TNG novel: Dyson Sphere
- ST - The Brave and the Bold, Book One novella: The First Artifact
- GKN novel: Honor Bound
- NF novel: After the Fall
- ENT short story: "Insanity"
- DS9 - The Left Hand of Destiny novel: The Left Hand of Destiny, Book One
- VAN novella: Almost Tomorrow
- VOY - Spirit Walk novel: Enemy of My Enemy
- ST reference: Star Trek Encyclopedia
- Eighteen Minutes
- Collateral Damage
- Are Unheard Melodies Sweet?