Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 20

The Way to Eden (21 Feb. 1969)

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A group of idealistic hippies, led by an irrational leader, come aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.

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The Enterprise is ordered to pursue a group of anti-establishment idealists who have stolen a space cruiser and made off for the mythical planet Eden. When the group pushes their stolen ship beyond its limits, the Enterprise is forced to rescue them by transporting them aboard. This merry band of space-hippies includes an insane leader (Dr. Sevrin), an academy drop-out and former love interest of Chekov (Irina), and the son of a Catullan ambassador (Tongo Rad). With the Federation undergoing fragile treaty negotiations with the Catullans, Kirk is ordered by Starfleet to treat the dissidents with "extreme tolerance." Kirk finds the group and its leader too difficult to deal with while Spock maintains a deep curiosity about their ideals. Kirk appoints Spock as liaison for the group during their stay on the Enterprise. Dr. Sevrin demands to be taken to Eden, but Kirk refuses on the grounds that his orders from Starfleet dictate that the group be taken to the nearest star base. While ... Written by Anonymous

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In this episode, for the first time, Chekov's first and middle names are spoken/revealed, Pavel Andreivich. See more »

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As Captain Kirk walks away from Tongo Rad after they are transported aboard the shadow of the boom mic can be see on the back wall. See more »

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Captain James T. Kirk: [using hippie jargon] We... reach, Mr. Spock.
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Totally dated, but still one of my favorites
16 August 2014 | by (Tallahassee, FL) – See all my reviews

No spoilers here. Do they reach Eden? Watch and find out!

Yeah, I know, no self-respecting Trekkie would give this episode 9 out of 10 stars. But sorry, Herbert, if you don't reach, you don't reach.

I laughed so hard I pee'd myself when I saw this in 1969 (it's OK, I was 7 years old), and it still contains dozens of my all-time favorite Star Trek quotes, plus Spock playing an auto harp while the blond chick plays a bicycle wheel.

"He's not Herbert! We reach."

"Gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy, got a clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy!"

"Only the primitives can cleanse me."

And the Obama "O" hand symbol, 40 years ahead of its time.


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