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The Paradise Syndrome 

Trapped on a planet whose inhabitants are descended from Northwestern Native Americans, 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.


Jud Taylor


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Margaret Armen | 1 more credit »




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 Newman Naomi Newman ... Indian Woman (as Naomi Pollack)
John Lindesmith John Lindesmith ... Engineer
Peter Virgo Jr. Peter Virgo Jr. ... Warrior
Lamont Laird Lamont Laird ... Indian Boy


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 Natives. 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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This episode takes place over the course of approximately two months. See more »


Given the urgency of heading off the asteroid, what was the landing party doing on the planet surface at the beginning? This seems an unnecessary waste of precious time - their ability to confirm the presence of human life from orbit, via ship's sensors, had long since been established. See more »


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

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Stay away from the lodge and maiden of your choice.
17 October 2006 | by copper1963See all my reviews

The only show from the final season to venture out into the sunlight, this Jud Taylor-directed saga registers highly as one of the best from that third season's roster. It was in the lead-off position and had to come out fast. The budget must have burst a leak at the purse strings and a good deal of cash spilled away. And so the rest of the season had to be sacrificed--like Kirk's wife and child--for the good of this production. Nevertheless, the dollars spent are present on screen, and are well divided between special effects and dramatic elements. The musical score by Gerald Fried is lush, emotional and thunderous, but never sappy. I like how the story unravels over a period of months. The actress who plays Miramanee enjoyed numerous roles of rebellion and angst throughout the Sixties. I have "The Paradise Syndrome" at home in my collection. I think because it poses legitimate questions about Man's place in the cosmos. Pine trees replace ship beams for a greater organic effect. A mammoth asteroid and giant obelisk (covered with ancient writings) produce impressive set pieces, as well as obstacles, for the captain and the rest of the crew to contemplate and decipher. Spock solves the riddle. He always does.

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4 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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