The Enterprise is ordered to clean up the aftermath of a doomed colony on Omicron Ceti III, a planet under constant irradiation from deadly Berthold Rays. Upon arrival, however, the colonists aren't only alive but in perfect health, with no desire to leave their new world. They are in fact under the influence of plant spores which not only keep them in good and improved health but simultaneously keep them in a placid state of happiness and contentment. Mr Spock reacquaints with Leila Kalomi, an old friend who had been (and still is) in love with him. She leads Spock into being affected by the spores, and he is thereafter, for the first time, able to express love for her in return. Eventually the entire ship's crew is affected, leaving Kirk alone to wonder how he can possibly rescue them from perpetual bliss.
Did You Know?
The large open meadow seen in several sequences is in Malibu State Park in southern California. It is the same spot where the hunt in the corn field took place in Planet of the Apes
(1968), and also extensively used in Gunsmoke
(1955). See more
At the end (in the re-mastered version), as the Enterprise leaves orbit, the view screen shows the planet from the rear of the ship, between the engine nacelles. In that view, the planet is lighted from the left of the ship, but in the last shot, as the credits appear, the planet is lighted from the right. This would indicate that the ship had reversed 180 degrees and flown past the planet again. See more
Who wants to counteract paradise, Jim-boy?
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Referenced in Free Enterprise
Star Trek Theme
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