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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:
First Lawgiver
Charles Macaulay ...
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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Did You Know?


Jon Lormer (Tamar) had previously appeared as Dr. Theodore Haskins in "The Menagerie" and would make a third appearance as an unnamed old man in the third season episode Star Trek: For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky (1968). See more »


Kirk seems overly impressed with the projected image of Landru while in Reger's safe place. Spock tells Kirk it's a projection, and Kirk seems amazed that there is no receiving apparatus at their location. However, Kirk's own transporter aboard his ship can transmit matter and even living things across vast distances with no apparatus at the receiving end. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: Captain's log, stardate 3156.2. While orbiting planet Beta III, trying to find some trace of the starship Archon that disappeared here a hundred years ago, a search party consisting of two Enterprise officers were sent to the planet below. Mr. Sulu has returned, but in a highly agitated mental state. His condition requires I beam down with an additional search detail.
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Imagine How Boring This Planet Is
28 April 2014 | by 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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