Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 24

This Side of Paradise (2 Mar. 1967)

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The Enterprise investigates a planet whose colonists should be dead, but are not.

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The Enterprise is ordered to clean up the aftermath of a doomed colony on Omicron Ceti III, a planet under constant irradiation from deadly Berthold Rays. Upon arrival, however, the colonists aren't only alive but in perfect health, with no desire to leave their new world. They are in fact under the influence of plant spores which not only keep them in good and improved health but simultaneously keep them in a placid state of happiness and contentment. Mr Spock reacquaints with Leila Kalomi, an old friend who had been (and still is) in love with him. She leads Spock into being affected by the spores, and he is thereafter, for the first time, able to express love for her in return. Eventually the entire ship's crew is affected, leaving Kirk alone to wonder how he can possibly rescue them from perpetual bliss. Written by Clive Wilson

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In Jerry Sohl's original draft (first titled "Power Play," then "The Way of The Spores"), it was Lt. Sulu who was infected by the spores and was able to fall in love with Leila. Displeased with D.C. Fontana's rewrite, Sohl was credited under the pseudonym Nathan Butler. See more »

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Obvious stunt doubles for Kirk and Spock as they fight in the transporter room. See more »

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Capt. Kirk: I said get back to your station.
Lt. Leslie: No, sir.
Capt. Kirk: This is mutiny, mister.
Lt. Leslie: Yes, sir. It is.
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This episode validated Spock's "half-human" emotional nature. As a teen, my nickname was "Spock". As a fan, I organized a write-in campaign to prevent the original cancellation of Star Trek (unsuccesful). So, when I tell you that Spock kissing the delicately beautiful Jill Irelend caused me no small discomfort in high school, believe it! The effect of the spores could only be overcome by adrenaline (epinephrine). My favorite lines from the show? When questioned as to whether he really is a doctor, McCoy replies: " Do you want to see how fast I can put you in the hospital?" My current occupation is- yes- physician!


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