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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The space hippie protest "Herbert, Herbert, Herbert!" is a gag, referring to both Star Trek four time director Herb Wallerstein, and long time Executive in Charge of Production Herbert F. Solow. (Spock tells Kirk that the reference to Herbert is "somewhat uncomplimentary" and that "Herbert was a minor official, notorious for his rigid and limited patterns of thought.") See more »


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Lost its Way
31 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Way to Eden" begins a string of episodes that almost makes Trek fans glad the series ended when it did. The premise is laughable (helping space hippies find their paradise), as is the story. Very little of what made the series such a groundbreaking one was evident as it limped toward cancellation in the final episodes, and this one is a good (or bad) example of a show that had simply lost warp capability.

Leonard Nimoy, as usual, brings some humanity to Spock, as we see in him a genuine desire to help the hippies in their quest. He seems to empathize with their plight of a search for meaning in a cold universe, and it helps us understand a little more about his human/Vulcan dichotomy. There's nothing really enlightening about this quest, however. No high-minded values or flights from persecution are evident to help the viewer sympathize with the hippies.

And while no series hits the mark every time, and one as far-reaching and ambitious as Trek deserves some forgiveness in criticism of those ideas that simply don't work, these final few episodes are just hard to watch.

With the exception of the interesting Spock regression in "All Our Yesterdays," "Way to Eden" clearly marks the beginning of a very disappointing end. When you review this episode together with the others that follow: "The Cloud Minders," "The Savage Curtain" (I mean, really, a talking rock! Possibly the second-worst Trek episode just ahead of "The Lights of Zetar") and the final episode, "Turnabout Intruder," it becomes obvious that Star Trek's creative resources were in full retreat. As they say in the TV world, the series had jumped the shark.

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