Star Trek (1966–1969)
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And the Children Shall Lead 

The Enterprise reaches a Federation colony where the adults have all killed themselves but the children play without care.


Marvin J. Chomsky (as Marvin Chomsky)


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Edward J. Lakso

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Craig Huxley ... Tommy Starnes (as Craig Hundley)
James Wellman James Wellman ... Professor Starnes
Melvin Belli ... Gorgan
James Doohan ... Scott
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
George Takei ... Sulu
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Mary
Melvin Caesar Belli Melvin Caesar Belli ... Steve (as Caesar Belli)
Mark Robert Brown Mark Robert Brown ... Don
Brian Tochi ... Ray


The Enterprise responds to a distress call from the scientific colony on Triacus and arrives to find that all of the adults are dead. Oddly, the children seem unaffected by the deaths and continue to play as if nothing had happened. When questioned, they show no remorse whatsoever and express a dislike for parental authority. Expedition logs reveal that the expedition had discovered an ancient civilization and that there might be one survivor. In fact, the Gorgon thrives on the innocence of the children and the adults' self-doubt. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

11 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Craig Huxley (Tommy Starnes) previously appeared in Star Trek: Operation - Annihilate! (1967) as Kirk's nephew Peter. See more »


After Kirk and Spock leave Tommy on the bridge, Tommy looks up toward the main view screen. We had seen Sulu and Chekov at their posts soon before and again soon after, but in between, a stock shot is used with Hadley at the navigation station instead of Chekov. See more »


Mr. Spock: Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth.
Dr. McCoy: Or by misleading the innocent.
Captain James T. Kirk: Misleading the innocent? I wonder.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Zodiac (2007) See more »

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24 March 2006 | by woljm45See all my reviews

The crew discovers that all the adults of a colony have committed mass suicide, leaving the children by themselves. The strange part is that the kids show no ill effects towards the tragedy which occurred. As the children are taken aboard the Enterprise, their secret is revealed. They possess the power to control the thoughts of adults, aided by an evil spirit of course. The children succeed in taking over the bridge by driving the adults to face their worst fears. The acting was superb all the way around, especially when Spock is seen struggling for control of his own mind. A nice episode that gets over-shadowed by all the other classic ones.

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