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The Way to Eden 

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A group of idealistic hippies, led by an irrational leader, come aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.


David Alexander


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Arthur Heinemann (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Skip Homeier ... Sevrin
Charles Napier ... Adam
Mary Linda Rapelye ... Irina (as Mary-Linda Rapelye)
James Doohan ... Scott
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
George Takei ... Sulu
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Tongo Rad
Elizabeth Rogers ... Lt. Palmer
Deborah Downey ... Girl #1
Phyllis Douglas ... Girl #2


The Enterprise is ordered to pursue a group of anti-establishment idealists who have stolen a space cruiser and made off for the mythical planet Eden. When the group pushes their stolen ship beyond its limits, the Enterprise is forced to rescue them by transporting them aboard. This merry band of space-hippies includes an insane leader (Dr. Sevrin), an academy drop-out and former love interest of Chekov (Irina), and the son of a Catullan ambassador (Tongo Rad). With the Federation undergoing fragile treaty negotiations with the Catullans, Kirk is ordered by Starfleet to treat the dissidents with "extreme tolerance." Kirk finds the group and its leader too difficult to deal with while Spock maintains a deep curiosity about their ideals. Kirk appoints Spock as liaison for the group during their stay on the Enterprise. Dr. Sevrin demands to be taken to Eden, but Kirk refuses on the grounds that his orders from Starfleet dictate that the group be taken to the nearest star base. While ... Written by Anonymous

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Skip Homeier also starred in Star Trek: The Original Series: Patterns of Force (1968) as Melakon. See more »


As Adam plays his guitar-like instrument his strumming of the strings does not match the music, mainly during his first song. See more »


[Adam, a space hippie, has heard Spock play on his Vulcan harp]
Adam: Hey, how about a session, you and us? It would SOUND! That's what I came for. I wanted to ask... you know, great white captain upstairs, but he don't reach us. But, uh, would he shake on a session? I mean, we wanna cooperate, like ya ask, so I'm askin'.
Spock: If I understand you correctly, I believe the answer might be "yes."
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Star Trek: Discovery: The Vulcan Hello (2017) See more »


Looking for the New Land
Written by Charles Napier and Craig Robertson
Lyrics by Arthur Heinemann
Performed by Charles Napier
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Hippies take over the show and Spock drops acid (or so it seems)
8 December 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The episode opens with a group of futuristic hippies being apprehended by the Enterprise after they stole a shuttle craft and went in search of Eden!! The group is lead by a guy who looks like he's gotten an ear transplant from an Indian elephant--he also happens to be nuts. Among his hippie followers is a girl who once loved Chekov as well as a guy who seems attracted to Spock and vice-versa (I'm not going there). Although Kirk is obviously too "square" to appreciate these "free spirits", Spock gets a sudden injection of "coolness" and is amazingly at-home with these vagabonds. Seeing Spock jamming with them using what looks a bit like an electric auto harp is unintentionally hilarious, as is most of the episode. And, when the hippies begin singing about Eden ("yeah, brother,..."), I find myself feeling kind of queasy! I am sure that dumb TV like this helped finally put a nail into the coffin of 60s idealism--as today's teens will only laugh until their sides hurt at the whole mess! This is my choice for the third worst Star Trek episode ever (right behind the one about Spock losing his brain and the one about the Yangs and the Coms).

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