Not really a departure, since the Orions still tried to commit suicide -- Kirk just prevented them from succeeding. The fact that the Orions even talked about killing themselves was pretty mature stuff for Saturday mornings. Figures. Roddenberry did like to toss in godlike entities (like when he added the Q subplot to Fontana's "Encounter at Farpoint" when it got expanded from 90 minutes to 2 hours). To be fair, we saw living entities in TOS that were capable of self-levitation, like the parasites in "Operation -- Annihilate!" or the Melkot (apparently) in "Spectre of the Gun." So it's not unprecedented. Bat-Mite was a character from the comics, created in 1959 by Bill Finger (the true, until-recently-uncredited creator of Batman) and Sheldon Moldoff, and Filmation's version was pretty faithful to his personality if not his appearance. So it doesn't conflict with my point about the authenticity of Filmation's adaptations. The main differences are that Filmation's Bat-Mite was less prone to creating artificial crises so he could see Batman and Robin in action, and that he came from a parallel dimension called Ergo rather than the fifth dimension. (By the way, Orko in He-Man 6 years later was the exact same character as Bat-Mite -- a hovering imp from another dimension with magic powers that he used ineptly, eagerly wanting to help the heroes but constantly screwing it up, and having a crush on the redheaded female lead. They even had the same voice, provided by an uncredited Lou Scheimer.) Okay, that may be so about NBC's side of things. Still, Roddenberry's later record with TV pilots does not support his claim that he was an aggressive advocate for diverse casting.