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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The spores, in the early drafts, were a communal intelligence; when someone was possessed by them, that individual was granted telepathic abilities to link up with other possessed minds. The abilities of the spores to restore health were complete enough to enable them to return the dead to life. The antidotes for the spores were either the possession of a certain blood type or the introduction of alcohol into the affected person. Originally, Kirk leaped onto Spock and forced liquor down his throat to restore him to normal. In a surprise ending, the spores were revealed to be benevolent, conscious entities who never intended to act against anyone's will. See more »

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Leila 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 arrive on the planet if not by starship? See more »

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Capt. Kirk: [Everybody is now safely back aboard Starship 'Enterprise'] We haven't heard much from you about Omicron Ceti III, Mr. Spock.
Spock: I have little to say about it, captain. Except that... for the first time in my life... I was happy.
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I wouldn't want to leave either
24 August 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This is an episode I'm not sure Gene Roddenberry thought through when he created it. Had I been on that colony I'm not sure I would want to leave.

The Enterprise arrives at a space colony to search among ruins as the planet had been bombarded with lethal Berthold rays. Instead they find a colony of healthy happy people led by Frank Overton who just don't want to leave.

We soon find out why as members of the Enterprise away team get hit with a blast of spores from some strange plants which give perfect health, but also cause one to lose all desire to create anything or do anything besides tend to basic needs.

William Shatner however seems to have developed his own case of immunity to the spores. He's got to get folks back on track and first he has to get Leonard Nimoy. I would think the first one he'd need would be the doctor.

Sad to say in real life, someone would come along and realize the potential here and market it. So I can't rank this as one of Star Trek prime's better episodes.


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