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The Return of the Archons 

Seeking the answer to a century-old mystery, Kirk and crew encounter a vacantly peaceful society under a 6000-year autocratic rule that kills all those it can't absorb.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brioni Farrell ...
First Lawgiver
Charles Macaulay ...
Jon Lormer ...
Karl Held ...
Lindstrom (as Christopher Held)
Sean Morgan ...


The Enterprise travels to Beta III to learn the fate of the U.S.S. Archon, gone missing a century earlier. One member of the landing party disappears, and one returns in a strangely blissful state. Kirk beams down with another landing party; amidst the chaos of "Festival" their hosts asks if they are "Archons." To learn more, Kirk must convince Betan citizens to disobey Landru, the man who has ruled them for 6,000 years - or find those who already resist. But with the Lawgivers everywhere, that task is going to be difficult... Written by CommanderBalok

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9 February 1967 (USA)  »

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The preview trailer gives the stardate for this episode as 3192.1. See more »


In the dungeon, when McCoy accuses the rest of the crew of not being "of the body" he grabs Kirk around the neck, at which time Kirk also grabs McCoy around the neck. When the view shifts to see McCoy's face, Kirk's hands are no longer around McCoy's neck. When the scene shifts again to Kirk's face, you see his hands rising again to go around McCoy's throat. See more »


Sulu: [strangely filled with vacant contentment] You're not of the body.
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Written by Alexander Courage
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Imagine How Boring This Planet Is
28 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story opens with Sulu and one of those expendables exploring what appears to be sort of an old Western town (that's probably where the set came from). They are pursued by guys in monk's cloaks. They cower in a doorway as one of these guys shoots Sulu with a bamboo pole. He immediately starts grinning as Kirk simultaneously beams him up. The next part of the show has them trying to rescue the other guy. Sulu is under house arrest. The kicker is that this planet is full of benevolent (to a fault) people who walk around in a giddy daze, greeting each other. But at the "Red Hour" everyone goes berserk. There is murder and rape and all manner of violence. If you are lucky enough to survive you hop up, dust yourself off, and head for home or wherever. This a world dominated by an an entity called Landru (didn't he used to coach the Dallas Cowboys? Just kidding). He can inflict great pain on those who defy him. It is up to Kirk and Spock to figure out who he is and what to do. This is another episode where a computer somehow wields great power. It won't be the last.

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