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"Star Trek" The Paradise Syndrome (TV Episode 1968) Poster

(TV Series)

(1968)

Trivia

The obelisk in this episode, constructed at Franklin Lake in the Franklin Canyon Reservoir above Beverly Hills, was erected in the same spot where Opie Taylor throws a rock into the lake during the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show (1960).
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.
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.
The first Star Trek production to feature Native American Indian culture as a key plot element. Other examples are Star Trek: The Animated Series: How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth (1974), Star Trek: The Next Generation: Journey's End (1994), and several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
This episode takes place over the course of approximately two months.
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After living on the planet Kirk's sideburns lose their distinctive pointed ends and become squared off. This was done to emphasize the passage of time and to show Kirk was becoming assimilated to his new life.
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The original script had Miramanee surviving with Kirk's child.
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Although not mentioned on screen, the planet in this episode, according to the script, was called Amerind.
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Only in this episode do we see the ship firing its gold deflector beam.
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During the first attempt to deflect the asteroid a rare top shot of the Enterprise is shown, first used in the "The Changeling".
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This takes place in 2268.
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