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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Did You Know?


Paradise Syndrome - though not officially recognized as a mental condition by psychologists - is a term conferred upon those who feel dissatisfied despite having achieved all their dreams. Here it is used merely to describe someone who is overworked and needing a break - whether ostensibly Captain Kirk or obliquely series creator Gene Roddenberry. See more »


When the medicine badge is removed from Salish's head, it is obvious that it is made using elastic material because it stretches. 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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Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »

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Kirk the God and the Asteroid
12 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Season 3, episode 3. The Enterprise has approached an unknown planet that is Earth-like. Kirk, Spock and Bones beam down. They have 30 minutes to leave and deflect the asteroid before it hits the planet. They find a strange obelisk of unknown origin then they walk off to look at the inhabitants to find they appear to be like Earth's Native Americans. Kirk goes back to the obelisk before beaming back up and it opens up, he slides down and is struck by what appears to be electricity or lightening. The Enterprise cannot find Kirk, nor can Spock and McCoy. That leaves Spock in command and he orders them to leave the planet and to deflect the asteroid. McCoy protests but Spock reminds him that all will die on the planet including Kirk if they do not deflect the asteroid and they beam back aboard and leave. Kirk arises from the obelisk, not remembering anything and 2 native girls sees him and thinks he's a god. The two girls bring Kirk back to their village and all of them treat him like as a god. Can Spock and crew deflect the asteroid and get back in time to save Kirk? Well we all know that Kirk will be saved - no question about it.

Weak episode, not all that good but it is Star Trek so it's not all that bad either. It's hard for me to rate any episode less than a 7 because I love the crew, the dialogue & relationships between each of them no matter how weak the story is.


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