Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Way to Eden 

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)
Victor Brandt ...
Elizabeth Rogers ...
Deborah Downey ...
Girl #1
Phyllis Douglas ...
Girl #2


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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21 February 1969 (USA)  »

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Space Hippies Shake Up The Enterprise
14 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Season 3, episode 20. The Enterprise is after the stolen space cruiser Aurora which is fast on it's way to the Romulan Neutral Zone. The son of the Catuallan ambassador Tongo Rad is on board. Kirk tries the tractor beam but it puts a strain on it. Kirk then orders them to beam all passengers to the Enterprise, only 6 make it before the cruiser blows up. The group demands to go to the planet Eden, but that planet is believed to be a myth. They must handle Tongo carefully to not upset the relationship of the Catuallans and the Federation, yet Tongo and his group disrespects authority. All hippies are medically scanned and healthy but Dr. Sevrin, is a carrier of the Synthecoccus novae virus. The virus is deadly but can be combated if vaccinated.

The hippies believe that Eden will cure them - but is Eden only a fable? Groovy episode. The hippies can be quite annoying but it is a fun watch.


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