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 egg shaped badges with what appears to be a sideways figure "8" which the space hippies wear is actually a representation of the symbol for "infinity." The symbol is also called a lemniscate. See more »

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As Adam plays his guitar-like instrument during his first song, his strumming of the strings does not match the music, mainly during his first song. See more »

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Spock: They regard themselves as aliens in their own worlds - a condition with which I am somewhat familiar.
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Let the Sixties Die!
10 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If one reviews something, he/she is stuck treating it with respect. It is ultimately necessary to judge it as if it were a serious effort put forth by the producers. I first saw this episode when I was the age of the hippies portrayed. I thought it was ludicrous even then and I could easily have been considered part of the counterculture. This pack of flower children are trying to find Eden, a planet that their leader is taking them to. They are allowed to take over the Enterprise (I'm often amazed at the lack of security on this ship). They make utter nuisances of themselves. The crew becomes representative of the mistrustful adults of the time. Kirk is called Herbert because he is "the Man." Herbert is a derogatory term directed at the "squares" in authority. They finally get their wish and are able to escape to the place called Eden. The byplay, especially with Spock, who for some reason sheds his cloak of logic and joins these ding dongs. I'm sure this was some kind of ratings grab, but the writers come off like old fogies presenting their view of what youth was like in the seventies. How out of touch and embarrassing can one be?


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