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Star Trek - This Side of Paradise

episode 1.24
Raumschiff Enterprise - Falsche Paradiese

USA 1967
produced by
Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Ralph Senensky
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Jill Ireland, Frank Overton, DeForest Kelley, Grant Woods, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Michael Barrier, Dick Scotter, Eddie Paskey, Bill Blackburn
story by D.C. Fontana, Jerry Sohl (= Nathan Butler), screenplay by D.C. Fontana, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Alexander Courage

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

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The Federation thinks that the colonists on Omicron have died due to some radiation 3 years ago, thus the Enterprise is sent to the planet to collect the bones ... but on the planet, Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and his landing crew find the colonists, led by Sandoval (Frank Overton) very much alive, and in some state of permanent bliss - which is enough to make Kirk suspicious, especially when Sandoval refuses to have himself and his colony evacuated to somewhere else to escape the radiation.

Mr Spock (Leonard Nimoy) meanwhile finds Leila (Jill Ireland), an old flame of his, among the colonists, and she still seems to be in love with him - and soon enough exposes him to a flower that spits spores that get him into the same state of bliss all the settlers are in, and suddenly Spock is not himself anymore. By and by, all of the Enterprise's crew are exposed to the spores and begin to act like happy idiots, all but Kirk, who somehow manages to evade the spores ... until he finds out that strong emotions, especially any form of aggression, can shake off the effects of the spores, so he lures Spock back to the ship and insults him to a point where Spock reverts to physical violence - and during his fistfight with Kirk, Spock is healed. Then Spock and Kirk transmit some subsonic sound to the planet that drives everyone mad and the whole thing ends in a giant brawl that heals everyone from spending the rest of their lives in an ignorant bliss, and all of a sudden Sandoval is more than willing to be evacuated.

Only Spock seems to miss the time he has been in love, probably for the first time ever ...


By and large, this episode about a planet of brainwashed people is offering little new content, the premise has been dealt with before time and again in Star Trek and is not dealt with here any more or less intelligent than before. Also, by and large this episode lacks tension and suspense, but the fun thing about this episode (at least for fans of the series) is Spock in love, which Leonard Nimoy hams up to the hilts, but in a highly enjoyable way - so yes, this episode is a rather entertaining one ...


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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