Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Way to Eden 

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) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Skip Homeier ... Dr. Sevrin
Charles Napier ... Adam
Mary Linda Rapelye ... Irina Galliulin (as Mary-Linda Rapelye)
James Doohan ... Scott
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
George Takei ... Sulu
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Christine 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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1.33 : 1
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This takes place in 2269. See more »


When the Enterprise is shown in profile moving toward Eden, bright lights can be seen passing over the ship's hull. Those lights are the ceiling-mounted studio lights reflecting off the model of the ship. This was corrected in the remastered version. See more »


Spock: [to Kirk] There is no insanity in what they seek. I made a promise which I should like to keep. With your permission, I must locate Eden.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Edited from Star Trek: Spock's Brain (1968) See more »


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Performed by Deborah Downey and Charles Napier
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A missed opportunity for insight into an era
24 February 2013 | by ajoyce-222-935612See all my reviews

I agree with other reviewers that this is a poor example of original Star Trek, but for different reasons. It's quite clear that the scriptwriters or producers were hostile to the youth culture movement of the day. The ridiculous way the space hippie tribe is depicted make them little more than a caricature. Worse, they are shown exhibiting all the behaviour of cult members. This is hardly what the hippie movement was about. Most were just looking for a way to reconnect with the planet. Here they are shown as delusional and even dangerous, which of course is the way authorities saw them in the '60s.

Fortunately the scriptwriters make Spock an excellent foil to this all-out hostility toward anyone who questions authority. (Was that Roddenberry's contribution?) If there's a redeeming quality to this episode, it's Nimoy's performance. That the most logical mind in the universe could fully understand the urge to find a way to create a better society proves it's hardly a delusional concept. How else does the human species progress, but by striving for better? Ignore the snarls of the social Darwinists. They just want excuses for their bad behaviour.

In reality there were many complex social factors that created the ferment that was the 1960s —a protracted, bloody war; a suddenly booming economy; higher education for the masses for the first time in history; an incredible explosion of creative genius in most of the arts; racial tensions; emerging gender equality, etc. etc. etc. To oversimplify the stated aims or visions of such a generation is to do them a grave injustice. To depict them as foolish, deluded children is just plain ignorant.

After all, Roddenberry pushed the envelope from the very start of Star Trek. That was hardly establishment thinking. In his own modest way he was as much a part of the social changes sweeping society as any of the other change agents. For a start, he showed women as capable, professional, highly competent and intelligent—besides being sexy. Just look at what else was being made in television and film at the same time and see how many shows you can say that about. I mean, besides Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone.

So as songwriter Nick Lowe once said, "What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?" Is it attainable? Who knows? Probably not. Does that mean we stop trying? "A man's reach must exceed his grasp or what's a heaven for," the poet Browning reminds us. Which is precisely what Roddenberry's Star Trek was all about. Reaching further. Either Roddenberry stumbled on this one, or Heineman had a bad hair day. Or the producers just didn't get it.

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