I thought Orion woman had influence over males of certain species. So, how would male students, teachers, staff and inhabitants of Earth (from all species that were affected by Orion women) be able to function with Orion women around? Wouldn't the women be able to take advantage of men?

I think in the original series with Kirk, he was able to resist the lures of the Orion women because he loved the Enterprise so much.

There is also the issue of a timeline. I think the crew of the Enterprise in the original series discovered the Orion race when they were out in their five-year mission. So, technically, Gaila and other Orions should not even be on Earth during the "Into Darkness" movie.

Now, I enjoy the new version of Star Trek. I was a youngster for the original series. So, I have seen them all on TV and elsewhere. I think the new version does a good job to keep the Star Trek series alive. I hope there are more movies.

I'm just bringing this up for discussion. It is not an argument or a "pointing a finger in disgust" at an error. Like I said: I enjoy the new version very much.

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    The answer is "JJ Abrams laughs at your silly continuity questions and sleeps on a mattress filled with hundred dollar bills in his gold-plated mansion".
    – Valorum
    Dec 2, 2015 at 15:02
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    This isn't a cannon answer so that's why I am not making it an answer, but isn't the Orion influence derived by pheromones? The Orions could wear an anti-pheromone or pheromone blocker, so could the other students. Having been to boot camp myself, I do know they line you up and give you vaccines for just about anything and everything that's commonly passed around a large population. I imagine there would be a similar process upon entrance to star fleet.
    – Escoce
    Dec 2, 2015 at 15:04
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    “I think the crew of the Enterprise discovered the Orion race when they were out in their five-year mission.” — even if so, the appearance of the Narada could have changed events such that the Orions came into contact with the Federation much earlier. Dec 2, 2015 at 15:11
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    I don't recall Kirk ever encountering an Orion female other than Marta in Whom Gods Destory (and she was insane and he didn't really have any trouble dealing with her). Are you sure you aren't thinking of Pike?
    – NKCampbell
    Dec 2, 2015 at 15:38
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    You are thinking of Elasian women per TOS: "Elaan of Troyius".
    – Politank-Z
    Dec 2, 2015 at 17:47

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This is dealt with in the film's official novelisation, the short answer is that she is intoxicating to males but they're under strict orders not to get too near to her. Presumably she's also under the same restrictions, albeit this doesn't stop her from seducing Kirk.

As they followed the progress of the simulation, the test administrators and technicians were careful not to get too close to the tech seated slightly off to the left at the main console. With her bright green skin she was immediately identifiable as an Orion humanoid. Since it was both visually and chemically unavoidable, admiration of such beings was permitted, so long as the admirer did not linger in the vicinity. It was recognized that extended proximity to an Orion female was distracting to other humanoids. In fact, it could be downright dangerous.

Anyone who happened to be looking in her direction suddenly found themselves wrenched back to reality.

  • Never thought that novelization would deal with this issue too.
    – user931
    Dec 2, 2015 at 20:58
  • You should read it. It's quite good.
    – Valorum
    Dec 2, 2015 at 21:03
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    BTW, did Kirk seduce her or she seduced Kirk? She looked innocent to me...
    – user931
    Dec 2, 2015 at 21:04
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    Ask it as a question.
    – Valorum
    Dec 2, 2015 at 21:07
  • I never read any of the books. I need to check the local library. I know they have some. Thanks for that, Richard.
    – user56614
    Dec 2, 2015 at 22:06

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