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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Dr. Sevrin is based on Timothy Leary, a controversial psychiatrist who advocated LSD as a therapeutic drug. 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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Spock: [to Kirk] There is no insanity in what they seek. I made a promise which I should like to keep. With your permission, I must locate Eden.
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I remember seeing this episode when it was first aired, when I was 10, and I can confirm that it was considered silly at the time. The "hippie" characters in this episode were similar to some other conservative "hippie" portrayals at the time--we all knew real hippies didn't act that way, and we didn't really know where certain people in Hollywood got the idea for this kind of portrayal, though once they got it into their heads, it became ingrained in the minds of certain writers and directors for a while, as what you should do when you needed to portray a rebel. Some people in Hollywood have always been big on recycling characterizations, and simplification.


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