Star Trek (1966–1969)
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And the Children Shall Lead 

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

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Tommy Starnes (as Craig Hundley)
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Gorgan
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Steve (as Caesar Belli)
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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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11 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Craig Huxley (Tommy Starnes) previously appeared in Star Trek: Operation - Annihilate! (1967) as Kirk's nephew Peter. See more »

Goofs

During the fight of Kirk and Spock versus Chekov and two security guards, Spock renders one guard unconscious with the Vulcan Nerve Pinch. However, about 10 seconds later, Kirk has Spock escort all three to the brig, all of them walking, including the guard that had been nerve-pinched. See more »

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Captain James T. Kirk: A child suppresses the fact that both parents are dead? I... I can't believe it.
Mr. Spock: Humans do have an amazing capacity for believing what they choose, and excluding that which is painful.
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Referenced in Children of the Corn (1984) See more »

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24 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The crew discovers that all the adults of a colony have committed mass suicide, leaving the children by themselves. The strange part is that the kids show no ill effects towards the tragedy which occurred. As the children are taken aboard the Enterprise, their secret is revealed. They possess the power to control the thoughts of adults, aided by an evil spirit of course. The children succeed in taking over the bridge by driving the adults to face their worst fears. The acting was superb all the way around, especially when Spock is seen struggling for control of his own mind. A nice episode that gets over-shadowed by all the other classic ones.


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