Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 4

And the Children Shall Lead (11 Oct. 1968)

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The Enterprise reaches a Federation colony where the adults have all killed themselves but the children play without care.

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The Enterprise responds to a distress call from the scientific colony on Triacus and arrives to find that all of the adults are dead. Oddly, the children seem unaffected by the deaths and continue to play as if nothing had happened. When questioned, they show no remorse whatsoever and express a dislike for parental authority. Expedition logs reveal that the expedition had discovered an ancient civilization and that there might be one survivor. In fact, the Gorgon thrives on the innocence of the children and the adults' self-doubt. Written by garykmcd

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This takes place in 2268. See more »

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The children's chant to call the "Friendly Angel" starts at first with "Hail, hail" then later with "Hi hi." See more »

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Captain James T. Kirk: The time has come to see the world as it is.
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12 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I actually thought this was a powerful episode. Are there plot holes? Sure, but the emotions of the children, the creepy Angel, Kirk going off the deep end, Spock's contest of will with the alien...

I thought it made it worthwhile.

Also, there was enough tension because it was not clear how it would end.

I am also probably affected by having watched it as a kid, it stuck in my mind.

In any case, since I need to write more for a review, I would like to go stylin in that outfit the angel wore.


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