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Star Trek 3.3 (The Paradise Syndrome)


Sabrina Scharf(Miramanee)
Rudy Solari (Salish)
Richard Hale (II)(Chief Goro)
Naomi Pollack (Indian Woman)
John Lindesmith (Engineer)
Peter Virgo Jr.(Lumo)
Lamont Laird (Indian Boy)

Writer: Margaret Armen

This isn’t bad at all.  In fact, the opening moments of the episode actually take a few moments to show you the setting that the story is set in – a nice shot that shows how nice it is.  Even the opening scene takes things slowly, when the three people in the landing party (Kirk, Spock and McCoy) having a look around and taking a sneaky peek at the Native American Indian culture on the planet.

Now, the problem is that in a couple of months time, this planet will be hit by an asteroid and destroyed.  And the point beyond which the Enterprise will be incapable of deflecting it is rapidly approaching, yet they still have a look around!

For once, the Earth based culture works really well, and the other thing I like about this episode is that it is set over two months, as a damaged Enterprise runs just ahead of the asteroid after their failed deflection attempt.  Kirk even gets married and gets his wife pregnant in this episode (don’t worry, she dies before she has the baby!)

The final solution is a bit obvious, but there is something about the way this episode deals with Kirks relationship that is nice rather than hokey.  And if you think about it, Spock is Captain of the ship for two months as they head back to the planet.

Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 43
Score: 7/10


April 28, 2008 - Posted by | asteroid, earth based culture, mind meld, primitive cultures, saving a planet |


  1. This episode is one of the few ‘parallel development’ ideas the show often used that really works.

    What really works is that this episode does NOT have a happy ending. It’s a Shakespeare tragedy as Kirk’s love is stoned to death. While pregnant. That’s grizzly.

    The time factor was well-conceived by Ms. Armen — I liked her Trek stories, and this one I arguably like the most.

    There is one problem – why would Kirk and the gang spend so much time leisurely surveying a planet that will be hit by an asteroid? The time factor is mentioned often; with how every second literally reduces their chances — the episode keeps space physics real, which is a commendable highlight as using space physics is dangerous for space travel is slow. This episode of “Trek” is one of the few in sci-fi that manages to keep the realism of space without sacrificing drama and pacing. Incredibly good stuff.

    Yet the story forgets about the characters during the setup of the situation. Kirk is all wrong for lumbering around, and it could have been rewritten to allow the urgency while allowing the Captain to become affected by the obelisk’s circuitry. (unless he is so affected by the local ecology, and might be given what he does for a living and may not have had used shore leave in some time, in which case I withdraw my criticism of this aspect. 🙂 )

    Comment by DPC | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. Sabrina is extremly pretty!

    Comment by mike williams | September 3, 2010 | Reply

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