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Star Trek - The Paradise Syndrome

episode 3.3
Raumschiff Enterprise - Der Obelisk

USA 1968
produced by
Fred Freiberger, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Norway Corporation, Paramount/NBC
directed by Jud Taylor
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Sabrina Scharf, Rudy Solari, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Richard Hale, Majel Barrett, Naomi Newman, John Lindesmith, Peter Virgo jr, Lamont Laird
written by Margaret Armen, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Gerald Fried

TV series
Star Trek, Classic Star Trek, Star Trek (original crew)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and McCoy (DeForest Kelley) survey a planet that's so totally earth-like that it even has American Natives - and a weird temple that our heroes figure must be from another civilisation because it looks like nothing American Natives could build. Kirk investigates the temple and falls into it through a trap door. Spock and McCoy don't even try to find their friend but beam back to the Enterprise because the planet is about to be hit by a meteor in 60 days, and the sooner they can destroy it, the better for everybody.

Kirk comes to inside the temple but has totally lost his memory. As he stumbles out, he's seen by the natives who conclude he must be a god - which they believe even more when he saves a boys life doing mouth-to-mouth. Always the womanizer, even as an amnesiac, Kirk soon steals Miramanee (Sabrina Scharf) away from medicine man Salish (Rudy Solari), and before long, she's pregnant with his child. Then though a mighty storm arises, and the natives expect Kirk to go to the temple and fix things. Of course, Kirk has no idea how, so the natives start to stone him, and Miranamee with him when she comes to his rescue ...

In the meantime, the Enterprise has travelled to the meteor to destroy it, but their firepower's too weak - and they burn their engines in the attempt. So the planet seems to be doomed, but Spock figures the temple must be some kind of machine to blow up meteors - so it's back to the planet, but with the engine blown, they can only match the speed of the meteor and will arrive only an hour in advance. And when they finally beam down to the planet, they can just chase away the natives before they stone Kirk to death - Miramanee wasn't that lucky - then gain access to the temple and blow up the meteor, just in time.


Over the years, the Enterprise seems to run into quite a few civilisations that have developed exactly like on earth, and in this episode a half-assed explanation for this is given, that there's an alien superrace trying to preserve doomed civilisations, which kind of fits in this episode, but not necessarily in any others. That all said, The Paradise Syndrome sure is campy fun, but lacks a bit in the action and excitement department. So not one of the best episodes, but enjoyable still.


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