Star Trek (1966–1969)
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This Side of Paradise 

The Enterprise investigates a planet whose colonists should be dead, but are not.

Director:

Ralph Senensky

Writers:

D.C. Fontana (teleplay by), Jerry Sohl (story by) (as Nathan Butler) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Jill Ireland ... Leila Kalomi
Frank Overton ... Elias Sandoval
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Grant Woods ... Kelowitz
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Michael Barrier Michael Barrier ... DeSalle
Dick Scotter Dick Scotter ... Painter
Eddie Paskey ... Crewman
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Storyline

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. Written by Clive Wilson

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The buildings seen in the teaser, the first scene after and the scene in which DeSalle shows McCoy the Spores are at a different location than the buildings seen in the rest of the episode. The green farm structures were located at the Disney Ranch. The concept of Sandoval's people refusing modern technology was intended to justify the late-19th century Americano style of the ranch. See more »

Goofs

The close-up of the plant spraying Kirk on the bridge has the plant on the floor directly in front of Sulu's console where Kirk was sitting. However, the longer camera shot immediately preceding this close-up shows that floor area and no plant is seen there. See more »

Quotes

Dr. McCoy: Well, that's the second time man's been thrown out of paradise.
Captain James T. Kirk: No, no, Bones, this time we walked out on our own. Maybe we weren't meant for paradise. Maybe we were meant to fight our way through, struggle, claw our way up, scratch for every inch of the way. Maybe we can't stroll to the music of the lute. We must march to the sound of drums.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


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Star Trek Theme
Written by Alexander Courage
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Particularly poignant today...
27 February 2015 | by poe426See all my reviews

Just the other day, as I have on many other days of late, I ventured back in Time to revisit the adventures of Kirk and Spock and McCoy. No, I haven't discovered how to hitch a ride to tachyons into the Past: I simply took out my DVD set of STAR TREK- THE ORIGINAL SERIES and spent some quality time with the original crew of the Enterprise. One of the episodes I chose was THIS one, because it gave fans a rare glimpse into the "other" side of the stoic Science Officer- the Human Side. Leonard Nimoy was capable of great Depth when the opportunity presented itself, and this particular episode of this particular series stands as a Lasting Tribute to the Man who played the Vulcan. If, as has been suggested, Energy never dissipates, he's still Out There, Somewhere, in some New Form- waiting for us to join him.


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