Star Trek 101 serves two functions: succinctly introduce Star Trek newcomers to the basic foundations and elements of the franchise and refresh the memories of longtime Trek fans. We're pulling our entries from the book Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, And Why, written by Terry J. Erdmann & Paula M. Block and published in 2008 by Pocket Books. An invaluable resource, it encompasses The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, as well as the first 10 Trek feature films.
Today, we share Star Trek 101's file on the Taureans, an alien race introduced in "The Lorelai Signal" episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series.
A life-draining force prematurely ages male Taureans. The female colonists are all stunning blondes who have developed a biological resistance to the planet's ill effects. It works only if they replenish their energy levels every twenty-seven years by sucking the life force from hapless males aboard passing spaceships.