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The Paradise Syndrome 

Trapped on a planet whose inhabitants are descended from Northwestern American Indians, Kirk loses his memory and is proclaimed a God while the crippled Enterprise races back to the planet before it is destroyed by an asteroid.

Director:

Jud Taylor

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Margaret Armen
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Sabrina Scharf ... Miramanee
Rudy Solari Rudy Solari ... Salish
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Richard Hale ... Goro
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Naomi Pollack Naomi Pollack ... Indian Woman
John Lindesmith John Lindesmith ... Engineer
Peter Virgo Jr. Peter Virgo Jr. ... Warrior
Lamont Laird Lamont Laird ... Indian Boy
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Storyline

Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to a planet that is in the path on an oncoming meteor. They find an idyllic place that is very similar to Earth and whose population is virtually identical to North American Indians. Their visit is meant to be a short one since their mission is to deflect the meteor, still several months away. Before they can return to the ship, Kirk disappears and loses his memory in an accident, forcing Spock to take command of the Enterprise and to leave him behind. On the planet, Kirk is treated like a god when they see him emerge from an obelisk that is actually a deflector beam (which no one remembers how to use, however). When the Enterprise fails to deflect the meteor, they return to the planet only hours before the annihilating meteor's arrival. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although not mentioned on screen, the planet in this episode, according to the script, was called Amerind. See more »

Goofs

Spock orders the Enterprise to rush towards the asteroid at Warp Nine. This seems to imply the asteroid would be far outside the planetary system, possibly light years away. This would mean the asteroid would require thousands of years to reach the planet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. McCoy: Look at those pine trees!
Captain James T. Kirk: And that lake.
Dr. McCoy: I swear that's honeysuckle I smell.
Captain James T. Kirk: I swear that's a little orange blossom thrown in. It's unbelievable. Growth, exactly like that of Earth, on a planet half a galaxy away. What are the odds of such duplication?
Mr. Spock: Astronomical, Captain.
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Alternate Versions

The "Enhanced" version, and the version shown on TV Land, drop the scene where Miramannee announces her pregnancy. See more »

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Featured in Reel Injun (2009) See more »

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a little orange blossom..
28 May 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Star Trek

The Paradise Syndrome

A cultural hub and by far one of the most loved and respected tale, Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry who wrote this brilliant concept, ahead of its time and is probably why it still doesn't fail to entertain us after these many years. It was written "for the future" in many aspects as it even though is smarter, wiser and powerful it still seeks for emotion and the force that binds it all. The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most human thing in this majestic tale where the adventures are endless. Encountering this original series, at this stage makes the execution look petty and a bit loose (the small technical aspects can be negotiated) but the writing is smart, gripping and hence completely overpowers it. The series didn't seem to mature as it should have but definitely has improved on terms of implementing smarter approach, parallel plot lines and thought provoking concept.

Contrary to expectations, second season failed to project the essential character development which would have give a perfect arc to the series and instead focused on different cases. In this final season the expectations are still higher as they have somehow glued their audience with their gripping screenplay and innovative imagination that doesn't flinch on pushing the boundaries.

The Paradise Syndrome has a unique structure and is a character driven episode and in such features, the execution should be upto the mark which is the missing puzzle in here. The writers didn't work on the bonding and the chemistry to that extent and the last act was overstretched.


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