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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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Two Star Trek veterans, Charles Napier (The Way to Eden) and Clint Howard (Star Trek: The Original Series: The Corbomite Maneuver (1966)) played a scene together in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). See more »


In the brig, when Sevrin turns his back to the camera, the wrinkles of his bald cap are visible. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: Spock... what does 'Herbert' mean?
Spock: It is, um... uh, somewhat, um... uncomplimentary, Captain. Herbert was a minor official - notorious for his rigid and limited patterns of thought.
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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 »


Heading Out to Eden
Written by Charles Napier and Craig Robertson
Lyrics by Arthur Heinemann
Performed by Charles Napier
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Previous reviewer is incorrect about Woodstock's influence
11 August 2017 | by dave_silvermanSee all my reviews

A previous reviewer wrote that Roddenberry was influenced by Woodstock for this episode; however, this couldn't possibly be the case.

This episode originally aired on February 21, 1969; Woodstock took place between August 15 and 18 in 1969.

Otherwise, this is not one of the best episodes of the series (much of Season 3 wasn't good due to a number of reasons, not the least of which was network interference and the downgraded role Roddenberry was allowed to have).

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