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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 | 1 more credit »




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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Leonard Nimoy explained that when he complained about the script to Fred Freiberger, Freiberger said, "This script is going to be what 'Miri' should have been". Nimoy objected, calling Star Trek: The Original Series: Miri (1966) a beautiful, well-acted story, and felt that Freiberger's comments were as much as saying, "'Miri' was a piece of trash". See more »


Spock and Capt. Kirk are unable to use the auxiliary controls because Mr. Scott and two of his engineers won't let them, and Spock and Kirk are out-manned. Why don't Spock and Kirk return with phasers and stun the engineers? Better yet, why don't they stun the child who is controlling the engineers? See more »


Dr. McCoy: [of the children] They're crying, Jim! I don't know how it happened, but it's good to see.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Children of the Corn (1984) See more »


Music credited to Alexander Courage
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman
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12 January 2018 | by zitacarnoSee all my reviews

This was one episode where I would have loved to have in my hand a fully loaded phaser set to "disintegrate". The alien in this story was one of the most repulsive creatures in the history of science fiction---Friendly Angel, my rear end!---and I could not help thinking of various personalities, past and present, with similar nefarious schemes. All through the story I was holding my breath,wondering how Kirk and Company would deal with this, and the first inkling came when Spock, after saying "Why are we bothering Starfleet?", shook that off. The turning point came later when Spock got the captain off the bridge even while Tommy kept pounding his fist over and over and Kirk was lamenting losing command. The incredible Vulcan got Kirk's attention and used his full telepathic powers---you should have seen the intense concentration in his face---to force the demon from the captain's mind and restore his control and command; at that point I could relax, especially when Spock asked "Where to?" and Kirk, now himself again, replied "To auxiliary control, my Vulcan friend---this ship is off course!" It was not the first time, and it would not be the last, that Spock saved the situation.

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