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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Episode complete credited cast:
Lieutenant Kelowitz
Michael Barrier ...
Dick Scotter ...
Eddie Paskey ...


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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One of a few times in the series where Spock is called a Vulcanian rather than simply Vulcan. See more »


Sulu says he wouldn't know the danger if it were "2 feet away" from him. It is repeatedly established that the Federation and Starfleet use the metric system, not the feet system. See more »


Dr. McCoy: Well, that's the second time man's been thrown out of paradise.
Captain James T. Kirk: No, no, Bones, this time we walked out on our own. Maybe we weren't meant for paradise. Maybe we were meant to fight our way through, struggle, claw our way up, scratch for every inch of the way. Maybe we can't stroll to the music of the lute. We must march to the sound of drums.
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Spoofed in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Swamp Diamonds (1993) See more »

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25 April 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

This fan favorite is most well known for its scenes of Spock falling in love, imitating a chimp and telling Kirk to get with the program or leave him alone. McCoy also has a few goofy scenes like this, and his southern drawl becomes more intense with the number of mint juleps he imbibes.

The Enterprise has been diverted to a planet which is being bombarded by lethal Berthold rays, to look for survivors in a luddite-utopian commune founded there several years ago. Remarkably, despite the killer radiation, the population is mostly intact and in great health. Just as it is becoming clear how the colony has survived, Kirk is ordered to evacuate all of them. They don't want to leave.

Ralph Senensky does a great job of directing this thoughtful D. C. Fontana episode, and the acting supersedes the standard franchise fair. Great for fans, very good for others.

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