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"Star Trek" The Way to Eden (1969)

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Gene Roddenberry (created by)
Arthur Heinemann (teleplay by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
21 February 1969 (Season 3, Episode 20)
A group of idealistic hippies, led by an irrational leader, come aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Totally dated, but still one of my favorites See more (26 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Shatner ... Captain James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock

DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy

Skip Homeier ... Dr. Sevrin

Charles Napier ... Adam

Mary Linda Rapelye ... Irina Galliulin (as Mary-Linda Rapelye)

James Doohan ... Scott

Walter Koenig ... Chekov

George Takei ... Sulu

Majel Barrett ... Nurse Christine Chapel
Victor Brandt ... Tongo Rad
Elizabeth Rogers ... Lt. Palmer
Deborah Downey ... Girl #1
Phyllis Douglas ... Girl #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Blackburn ... Lt. Hadley (uncredited)
Frank da Vinci ... Lt. Brent (uncredited)
James Drake ... Sick-Bay Intern (uncredited)
Roger Holloway ... Lt. Lemli (uncredited)
Jeannie Malone ... Lieutenant (uncredited)

Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Alexander 
Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (created by)

Arthur Heinemann (teleplay by)

D.C. Fontana (story by) (as Michael Richards) and
Arthur Heinemann (story by)

Produced by
Fred Freiberger .... producer
Edward K. Milkis .... associate producer
Gregg Peters .... associate producer
Gene Roddenberry .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Al Francis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fabien D. Tordjmann  (as Fabien Tordjmann)
Casting by
Joseph D'Agosta 
Art Direction by
Walter M. Jefferies 
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer 
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss 
Makeup Department
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist
Pat Westmore .... hair stylist
Production Management
Gregg Peters .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gene De Ruelle .... assistant director (as Gene DeRuelle)
John M. Poer .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Irving A. Feinberg .... property master
Sound Department
Carl Daniels .... production sound mixer (as Carl W. Daniels)
Gordon L. Day .... re-recording mixer
Doug Grindstaff .... sound effects editor (as Douglas H. Grindstaff)
Special Effects by
James Rugg .... special effects (as Jim Rugg)
Visual Effects by
Melissa Berryann .... assistant to executive producer (remastered version)
Petri Blomqvist .... technical consultant (remastered version)
Chris DeCristo .... 2D supervisor (remastered version)
Doug Drexler .... technical consultant (remastered version)
Max Gabl .... lead matte painter (remastered version)
James Holt .... digital compositor (remastered version)
Robert H. Justman .... technical consultant (remastered version)
Gary Kerr .... technical consultant (remastered version)
David LaFountaine .... visual effects executive producer (remastered version)
Denise Okuda .... producer (remastered version)
Michael Okuda .... producer (remastered version)
David Rossi .... producer (remastered version)
Wendy Ruiz .... visual effects coordinator (remastered version)
John Small .... systems support engineer (remastered version)
Chris Tezber .... visual effects coordinator (remastered version)
Brian Vogt .... lead lighting technical director (remastered version)
Craig Weiss .... director of visual effects: CBS Digital (remastered version)
Niel Wray .... visual effects supervisor (remastered version)
Darrell A. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Howard A. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George H. Merhoff .... gaffer
George Rader .... head grip
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... composer: theme music
Richard Lapham .... music editor
Fred Steiner .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Douglas S. Cramer .... executive vice president in charge of production
George Rutter .... script supervisor (as George A. Rutter)
Arthur H. Singer .... story consultant
Bill Blackburn .... stand-in: DeForest Kelley (uncredited)
Frank da Vinci .... stand-in: Leonard Nimoy (uncredited)
Roger Holloway .... stand-in: William Shatner (uncredited)
Jeannie Malone .... stand-in: female guest star (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

51 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (video rating)

Did You Know?

Walter Koening was highly critical of the writing for the episode. In particular he felt Chekov was written as too authoritative, rigid and by the book, a complete contrast from his usual and intended characterization.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Spock:They regard themselves as aliens in their own worlds - a condition with which I am somewhat familiar.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Totally dated, but still one of my favorites, 16 August 2014
Author: notropis01 from Tallahassee, FL

No spoilers here. Do they reach Eden? Watch and find out!

Yeah, I know, no self-respecting Trekkie would give this episode 9 out of 10 stars. But sorry, Herbert, if you don't reach, you don't reach.

I laughed so hard I pee'd myself when I saw this in 1969 (it's OK, I was 7 years old), and it still contains dozens of my all-time favorite Star Trek quotes, plus Spock playing an auto harp while the blond chick plays a bicycle wheel.

"He's not Herbert! We reach."

"Gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy, got a clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy!"

"Only the primitives can cleanse me."

And the Obama "O" hand symbol, 40 years ahead of its time.

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