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The Return of the Archons 

Seeking the answer to a century-old mystery, Kirk and crew encounter a vacantly peaceful society under a 6000-year autocratic rule that kills all those it can't absorb.

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Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Boris Sobelman (teleplay by), Gene Roddenberry (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Harry Townes ... Reger
Torin Thatcher ... Marplon
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Brioni Farrell ... Tula
Sid Haig ... First Lawgiver
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... Landru
Jon Lormer ... Tamar
Morgan Farley ... Hacom
Karl Held Karl Held ... Lindstrom (as Christopher Held)
George Takei ... Sulu
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Sean Morgan Sean Morgan ... O'Neil
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Storyline

The Enterprise travels to Beta III to learn the fate of the U.S.S. Archon, gone missing a century earlier. One member of the landing party disappears, and one returns in a strangely blissful state. Kirk beams down with another landing party; amidst the chaos of "Festival" their hosts asks if they are "Archons." To learn more, Kirk must convince Betan citizens to disobey Landru, the man who has ruled them for 6,000 years - or find those who already resist. But with the Lawgivers everywhere, that task is going to be difficult... Written by CommanderBalok

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

The location scenes for this episode were filmed at the 40 Acres backlot in Culver City, the same place where Star Trek: Miri (1966) and Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967) were shot. Best known for their use as Mayberry in The Andy Griffith Show (1960), the sets on this section of the backlot were originally constructed to portray 19th century Atlanta for Gone with the Wind (1939). See more »

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When the Red Hour strikes, everyone on the street immediately becomes manic, except for Bilar. Instead, he takes hold of Tula and says: "Tula, come." in a calm manner. Yet a few moments later, Bilar is seen acting crazed, taking full part in the Festival. Since he was under mind control from Landru, he should have been affected at the stroke of twelve, alongside everybody else. See more »

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Mr. Spock: [Kirk has been vainly trying to communicate with Landru's image] Useless, Captain. A projection.
Captain James T. Kirk: [Pulling out a pocket phaser] Yes, Mr. Spock. Let's have a look at the projector.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

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Referenced in The Purge (2013) See more »

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Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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Sure it's stupid and often makes no sense, but I still enjoyed the episode
6 December 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The idea of a planet where everyone is "absorbed" and become like one giant group of cooperative zombies is pretty cool, so the basic concept isn't bad. And the idea that this Landrew character is sort of like "Big Brother" and watches and controls everything is also pretty exciting. However, the execution of the episode isn't all that great--particularly the whole "red hour" segment. At the red hour, every one of the very peaceful and placid people of the planet become raving maniacs and run amok--this NEVER was explained and didn't fit into the plot at all. I really think they added it because someone thought the episode was dull and thought "let's add a cleaned-up version of an orgy to keep the viewers awake". Well, it just irritated me. And, overall, the episode was very watchable but far from memorable. The show just needed more fun and energy.


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