Star Trek (1966–1969)
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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 Elizabeth Rogers ... Lt. Palmer
Deborah Downey Deborah Downey ... Girl #1
Phyllis Douglas 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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21 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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Dr. McCoy does have a number of salt shakers in his arsenal of "medical equipment" (as well as boat anchors) but the spinning hand scanner was a special prop made by the prop department to go with the medical tricorder. It did nothing but spin.. See more »


As Spock is introducing the Vulcan Lute in his cabin to Adam his finger movements do not correspond with the pitch of the played note. See more »


Adam: [impromptly singing] Gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy - I got a clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


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Oh come on, I'm disappointed...
15 June 2009 | by marvinthemartian25See all my reviews those of you who rated this episode low. You seem to be taking this show way too seriously. This episode was just a lighthearted break in the constant action that is star trek. You can't have EVERY episode result in Shatner's shirt being mysteriously ripped off in an epic one-on-one battle with the alien of the week. Sometimes you just need to see Spock having a jam session with some weird hippie types instead. Alright, maybe it's just because I have a not-so-secret crush on Spock, but that was probably one of my favorite scenes in the series. Sure, it's a little campy, but that's half of the show's appeal. Lighten up man, and enjoy the original series for what it was.

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