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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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Harry Townes ...
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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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9 February 1967 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Ben Stiller named his production company "Red Hour" after this episode. See more »

Goofs

When the two hooded guards use their sticks to absorb one of the council members, both guards are pointing their stick towards the body and one of the guards then raises his. However, in the next frame, both guards are pointing their sticks toward the body. See more »

Quotes

Captain James T. Kirk: You said you wanted freedom. It's time you learned that freedom is never a gift. It has to be earned.
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Referenced in The Purge (2013) See more »

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Sure it's stupid and often makes no sense, but I still enjoyed the episode
6 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The idea of a planet where everyone is "absorbed" and become like one giant group of cooperative zombies is pretty cool, so the basic concept isn't bad. And the idea that this Landrew character is sort of like "Big Brother" and watches and controls everything is also pretty exciting. However, the execution of the episode isn't all that great--particularly the whole "red hour" segment. At the red hour, every one of the very peaceful and placid people of the planet become raving maniacs and run amok--this NEVER was explained and didn't fit into the plot at all. I really think they added it because someone thought the episode was dull and thought "let's add a cleaned-up version of an orgy to keep the viewers awake". Well, it just irritated me. And, overall, the episode was very watchable but far from memorable. The show just needed more fun and energy.


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