Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 21

The Return of the Archons (9 Feb. 1967)

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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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Harry Townes ...
Torin Thatcher ...
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Brioni Farrell ...
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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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A subplot involving Lindstrom falling in love with a local girl was cut from the episode's final draft script. See more »

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During Kirk's final star-log entry, we cut from a shot of the view-screen to an opposite viewpoint and see Kirk standing in front of the helm, whereas in the previous shot he wasn't there. See more »

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Marplon: It is done.
Mr. Spock: Joy be with you. Peace and contentment.
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You are not of the body...
6 July 2006 | by (Granite Bay, CA) – See all my reviews

This is the word of Landru! "You will be absorbed...your individuality will merge into the unity of good."

This episode always makes me wonder if this was the inspiration for the BORG. The planet has 1 ruler/leader, who's name is Landru. But he is really just a computer. This was a common theme in the original Star Trek...computers gone awry. In the episode all citizens must become "of the body". If they aren't "of the body", they are pointed out, or busted by those of the body. Once "assimilated", all citizens feel joy, peace and contentment. The BORG obviously take this concept to another level, but the similarities are very apparent.

In the projection of Landru...he says "you are an infection" to Kirk and crew. Very Borg like indeed.


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