Star Trek (1966–1969)
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And the Children Shall Lead 

The Enterprise reaches a Federation colony where the adults have all killed themselves but the children play without care.


Marvin J. Chomsky (as Marvin Chomsky)


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Edward J. Lakso | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Craig Huxley ... Tommy Starnes (as Craig Hundley)
James Wellman James Wellman ... Professor Starnes
Melvin Belli ... Gorgan
James Doohan ... Scott
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
George Takei ... Sulu
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Mary
Melvin Caesar Belli Melvin Caesar Belli ... Steve (as Caesar Belli)
Mark Robert Brown Mark Robert Brown ... Don
Brian Tochi ... Ray


The Enterprise responds to a distress call from the scientific colony on Triacus and arrives to find that all of the adults are dead. Oddly, the children seem unaffected by the deaths and continue to play as if nothing had happened. When questioned, they show no remorse whatsoever and express a dislike for parental authority. Expedition logs reveal that the expedition had discovered an ancient civilization and that there might be one survivor. In fact, the Gorgon thrives on the innocence of the children and the adults' self-doubt. Written by garykmcd

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11 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


This is the only episode of the original series in which we see the fully fledged United Federation of Planets flag. Previous appearances, such as Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part II (1966), simply used the pre-existing United Nations flag. See more »


After the credits, Captain Kirk's log states that they've buried the bodies of the colonists and we see the graves but none of the members of the landing party have dirt on their uniforms nor are they sweating as one would after digging human sized holes in the ground. See more »


Mr. Spock: Captain, we must get off this bridge.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


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Enough is Enough
3 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A group of children who have no parents are brought on board the Enterprise. They somehow have developed powers capable of destroying the ship and biting the hand that feeds them. They chant things and shake their fists to bring about chaos. The more the good guys try to do for them, the worse they get. It's interesting that if we are to feel empathy for these little brats, it certainly doesn't work. The weird thing is that they seem to have some kind of holographic guardian angel, played by Melvin Belli, a nationally known attorney. It appears that the writers are getting more and more desperate. Even thought the fans have convinced the sponsors to continue to produce Star Trek at this point, the cheapness of the productions is more and more obvious.

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