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Star Trek 1.24 (This side of paradise)

First Aired: March 2, 1967

Jill Ireland (Leila Kalomi)
Frank Overton (Elias Sandoval)
Michael Barrier (II) (Lt. Vincent DeSalle)
Dick Scotter (Painter)
Grant Woods (Lt. Commander Kelowitz)
Writer: D.C. Fontana
So the crew go along to a planet thinking that all of the settlers have died – they have had no contact with them and the planet is being bombarded by Berthold Rays. So when they get there and everyone isn’t dead it really makes no sense! They shouldn’t be alive – all of their animals are dead, there doesn’t seem to be anything indigenous to the planet apart from plant life.
Then Spock is infected with spores from a plant and then pretty much everyone else gets infected and everyone decides to stay on the planet. The whole crew mutiny and decide to beam down to the planet. But somehow Kirk resists this paradise, when everyone else falls under it’s spell. YEAH RIGHT! Eventually, Kirk is the last person left on the Enterprise. Then a cunningly left spore plant gets him then he decides to beam down…
But then he gets angry! And is miraculously cured. So he beams Spock up, makes him angry then cured him! Then they make everyone get angry and everyone is cured.
This episode gets remembered because we get to see Spock lighten up (when he is under the influence of the spores).
I suspect that this episode is rated as an all time classic. God knows why.
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 25
Score: 4/10

September 5, 2007 - Posted by | mind control |

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