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



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Irina Galliulin (as Mary-Linda Rapelye)
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Elizabeth Rogers ...
Deborah Downey ...
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Phyllis Douglas ...
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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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Two Star Trek veterans, Charles Napier (The Way to Eden) and Clint Howard (Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver (1966)) played a scene together in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). See more »


When the music player is in Mr Spock's quarters, at a moment, Mr Spock is holding a pen near his mouth, the following scene, his two hands are on the desk. See more »


Scott: I don't know why a young mind has to be an undisciplined one. They're troublemakers!
Captain James T. Kirk: I used to get into a little trouble when I was that age, Scotty, didn't you?
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Referenced in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) See more »


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Performed by Deborah Downey and Charles Napier
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Futuristic Hippies
16 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the year after Woodstock it seemed rather obvious that Gene Roddenberry was using this episode to tap into the Hippie movement which was sweeping the country after the seminal event of Woodstock. Whatever his motivation, Star Trek prime created a nice story about some young people who are looking to tune in, turn on, and drop out.

They're led by a scientist played by Skip Homeier who has done just that. He also has contracted some kind of biological contagion and as Leonard Nimoy observes, he's quite mad. But Nimoy also kind of connects with Homeier's followers.

Not that they don't have a goal in mind, it's to reach a mythical planet called Eden which is not unlike the Garden Of Eden featured in our Abrahamic monotheist religions.

The rub here is that they reach Eden, but the Creator/Deity has put something in the life on Eden that will truly take care of the infestation of civilization as Homeier and several followers find out to their regret.

An interesting and timely episode taking advantage of a trend in our culture.

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