Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Paradise Syndrome 

Trapped on a planet whose inhabitants are descended from Northwestern Native Americans, Kirk loses his memory and is proclaimed a God while the crippled Enterprise races back to the planet before it is destroyed by an asteroid.


Jud Taylor


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Margaret Armen | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Sabrina Scharf ... Miramanee
Rudy Solari Rudy Solari ... Salish
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Richard Hale ... Goro
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Naomi Newman Naomi Newman ... Indian Woman (as Naomi Pollack)
John Lindesmith John Lindesmith ... Engineer
Peter Virgo Jr. Peter Virgo Jr. ... Warrior
Lamont Laird Lamont Laird ... Indian Boy


Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to a planet that is in the path on an oncoming meteor. They find an idyllic place that is very similar to Earth and whose population is virtually identical to North American Natives. Their visit is meant to be a short one since their mission is to deflect the meteor, still several months away. Before they can return to the ship, Kirk disappears and loses his memory in an accident, forcing Spock to take command of the Enterprise and to leave him behind. On the planet, Kirk is treated like a god when they see him emerge from an obelisk that is actually a deflector beam (which no one remembers how to use, however). When the Enterprise fails to deflect the meteor, they return to the planet only hours before the annihilating meteor's arrival. Written by garykmcd

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4 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Only in this episode do we see the ship firing its gold deflector beam. See more »


Kirk's communicator provides a signal that opens up the obelisk. But when Spock uses his communicator several times in the same spot, the obelisk is unaffected. Spock's communicator should operate on the same frequency as Kirk's does. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. McCoy: Look at those pine trees!
Captain James T. Kirk: And that lake.
Dr. McCoy: I swear that's honeysuckle I smell.
Captain James T. Kirk: I swear that's a little orange blossom thrown in. It's unbelievable. Growth, exactly like that of Earth, on a planet half a galaxy away. What are the odds of such duplication?
Mr. Spock: Astronomical, Captain.
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Alternate Versions

The "Enhanced" version, and the version shown on TV Land, drop the scene where Miramannee announces her pregnancy. See more »


Featured in Reel Injun (2009) See more »

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5 October 2018 | by zitacarnoSee all my reviews

One thing I've been doing in reviewing the various episodes of this terrific series is investigating the number and frequency of the Vulcan mind-melds that occur in the various episodes. I got hooked on this from the beginning, and here we have another of the most powerful---and the most stressful---of the lot: the Vulcan mind-fusion. When Spock asked Dr. McCoy "Is he strong enough for the Vulcan mind-fusion?" he knew that this was the only way to break Captain Kirk's amnesia, and when Bones replied "We have no choice" he recognized once again the Vulcan's formidable mental powers---as he had done from the very start---and he also recognized the possible danger in implementing this procedure. Fortunately, it was successful---but it also knocked the wind out of Spock (imagine! Spock out of breath!) who exclaimed "His mind...he's an...extremely dynamic individual!" It explains why the captain was able to resist whatever might be thrown at him, and this was and is throughout the whole series one of the most salient features of Kirk's personality and characterization.

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