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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Many fans have noted that this planet would have been perfect for the agrarian-minded hippies in Star Trek: The Way to Eden (1969). See more »

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Layla says to Spock, "I've never seen a starship before." She is a space colonist that arrived to the colony four years ago and met Spock six years ago so how did she arrived on the planet if not by starship? See more »

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Capt. Kirk: [to Spock] All right, you mutinous, disloyal, computerized half-breed. We'll see about you deserting my ship.
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Referenced in Futurama: Where No Fan Has Gone Before (2002) See more »

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Spock finds Love
21 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise investigates a deadly planet that supposed to have killed a community there, but instead they find that a plant's spores not only keeps them safe, but also acts as some "cult love-drug". This episode was defiantly a product of the late 60's, which is actually mentioned. Spock gets hit with the spores and his human-half ignites the flames for an old "interest" who lives in the community, played by Jill Ireland(Charles Bronson's former wife). Great acting job by Nimoy to add that warm love dimension to Spock's usual cold demeanor. The episode is rather light-hearted, and almost even comical, but definitely enjoyable.


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