Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Paradise Syndrome 

Trapped on a planet whose inhabitants are descended from Northwestern American Indians, Kirk loses his memory and is proclaimed a God while the crippled Enterprise races back to the planet before it is destroyed by an asteroid.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rudy Solari ...
Naomi Pollack ...
Indian Woman
John Lindesmith ...
Peter Virgo Jr. ...
Lamont Laird ...
Indian Boy


Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to a planet that is in the path on an oncoming meteor. They find an idyllic place that is very similar to Earth and whose population is virtually identical to North American Indians. Their visit is meant to be a short one since their mission is to deflect the meteor, still several months away. Before they can return to the ship, Kirk disappears and loses his memory in an accident, forcing Spock to take command of the Enterprise and to leave him behind. On the planet, Kirk is treated like a god when they see him emerge from an obelisk that is actually a deflector beam (which no one remembers how to use, however). When the Enterprise fails to deflect the meteor, they return to the planet only hours before the annihilating meteor's arrival. Written by garykmcd

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4 October 1968 (USA)  »

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The Native Americans depicted display none of the cultural elements of the tribes mentioned (Navajo, Delaware, Mohican). The houses are tipis, used by plains peoples. The clothing bears no resemblance to actual Native American clothes, and the names of the characters match no Native naming styles. Also, the Navajo were not peaceful. They were very fierce warriors, as were the Mohican. The Delaware were not called "Delaware," but rather, were the Lenne Lenape. See more »


In the opening scene, Spock describes the approaching asteroid as "...nearly the size of Earth's moon...". However, scenes showing the Enterprise near the asteroid clearly show that the body could not have been more than a few kilometers in diameter (compared to the 725-meter long Enterprise). The approaching body has far more curvature than a Luna-sized one would have. However, since we don't know how far away from the asteroid the Enterprise was, it cannot be calculated how big the asteroid actually was. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. McCoy: Look at those pine trees!
Captain James T. Kirk: And that lake.
Dr. McCoy: I swear that's honeysuckle I smell.
Captain James T. Kirk: I swear that's a little orange blossom thrown in. It's unbelievable. Growth, exactly like that of Earth, on a planet half a galaxy away. What are the odds of such duplication?
Mr. Spock: Astronomical, Captain.
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Again, Don't Think Too Much!
3 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What's interesting to me is that there were too many people involved in this series that said things like, "Imagine that Kirk finds himself on a planet full of American Indians." Don't bother to explain how they evolved or any of that unimportant stuff. Put the planet in danger from an asteroid and stick Kirk on the planet with amnesia. Have him absorbed by the Native American population. Since Kirk has no idea where he is or how he got there and begins to believe the tribe when they tell him he is a god. He is immediately targeted by the medicine man. He hooks up with a beautiful young Indian woman whom he marries. The obelisk where he was when things went awry is the solution to the problem but Kirk can't remember and Spock and McCoy are back on the ship. Kirk is even about to be a daddy. Just how much time transpires here. That's another question. It isn't that this isn't half-way decent storytelling, but what happened to science fiction. The plot is about a guy who has no idea what's going on, who must defend himself against adversaries he does not understand. It is so incredibly contrived as to be laughable. Shatner does his usual overacting thing (which is really true; not a myth) and is able to rant against the gods who have betrayed.

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