Star Trek (1966–1969)
27 user 4 critic

The Way to Eden 

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



(created by), (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

Watch Now

With Prime Video





Episode complete credited cast:
Irina Galliulin (as Mary-Linda Rapelye)
Victor Brandt ...
Elizabeth Rogers ...
Girl #1
Phyllis Douglas ...
Girl #2

What You Missed at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

From the madness of the convention floor to the emotional panel reveals and star-studded interviews, catch up on all the unforgettable sights from Comic-Con.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con



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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Release Date:

21 February 1969 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


When the Enterprise is shown in profile moving toward Eden, bright lights can be seen passing over the ship's hull. Those lights are the ceiling-mounted studio lights reflecting off the model of the ship. See more »


Spock: They regard themselves as aliens in their own worlds - a condition with which I am somewhat familiar.
See more »


Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) See more »


I See You
Performed by Deborah Downey and Charles Napier
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good Satire and Comedy, Better than Average Episode.
5 June 2009 | by (Albany, NY) – See all my reviews

This episode was derided when it first came out for "exploiting and denigrating hippies". While stock versions of hippie counter culture folks and themes are used, it is not some mindless hippie love or hate fest, though it had scenes of intense hippie corniness with bad folk style music & vocals, and extravagant psychedelic day glow fashions. Star Trek was always hip to the current trends and if they didn't have at least one episode like this, in the height of the anti-war Woodstock days, they would have been neglectful. It certainly is a lot more sympathetic to hippies than a contemporary right wing talk show crackpot raving about evil godless communist hippies. The episode brought up some useful questions about how even the enlightened and far more humane and just future may be sterile, depressing and boring to some. It also captured the mindset of some of the demented radical types; renegade intellectuals and Scientists, who found a niche in those movements. It had some comedy, some drama and some insight. It wasn't one of the best episodes but far from the worst, I say 6 out of 10 in the scale of ST episodes. Certainly, it was in the spirit of Star Trek and avoided the stock monsters, bad aliens, superior beings or evil villains which drive most sci fi shows while it did explore uncharted space and ideas.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: