Star Trek

The Paradise Syndrome

Season 3, Ep 3, Aired 10/4/68
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  • Episode Description
  • Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to a planet in the path of an oncoming asteroid. However, Kirk disappears and the Enterprise is forced to abandon the search to stop the asteroid in time. Meanwhile, Kirk recovers consciousness but has no memories of his previous life, and is adopted by a local Amerindian tribe as their medicine chief and god.

  • Cast & Crew
  • George Takei

    Lt. Hikaru Sulu

  • Rudy Solari


  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • Walter Koenig

    Ensign Pavel Chekov

  • Richard Hale (II)

    Chief Goro

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • It was a season 3 episode. What can you expect.

    By TrekFan, May 17, 2013

  • Margaret Armen = awesome writer

    By HypnoToad72, Apr 15, 2013

  • My enjoyment may because of a Song

    By littlelover7878, Mar 10, 2012

  • My favorite episode ever!

    By alyssa01, Sep 12, 2007

  • Kirk disappears after discovering ruins from a lost civilization, and the Enterprise is forced to abandon its search to stop an asteroid from striking the planet.

    By Celedorian, Dec 11, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • McCoy: What's the matter, Jim? Kirk: What? Oh, nothing. Just so peaceful, uncomplicated. No problems, no command decisions. Just living. McCoy: Typical human reaction to an idyllic natural setting. In the twentieth century, we referred to it as the Tahiti Syndrome. It's particularly common to over pressured leader types, like starship captains. Kirk: Ah, Tahiti Syndrome.

    • Spock: I want full power, Mr. Scott. Scotty: Aye, sir. All right, you lovelies. Hold together.

    • Kirk: Miramanee... tell me about the wise ones. Miramanee: Tell? But a god knows everything. Kirk: Not this one. Tell me.

    • Kirk: I need time to remember. Miramanee: Here there is much time. For everything.

    • Spock: Lock all phasers on that mark. Maximum intensity, narrow beam. I want to split that fissure wide open. McCoy: You sound like you're cutting a diamond. Spock: Very astute, Doctor.

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    Notes (1)

    • Miramanee's pregnancy is considered by many Star Trek fans to be the only incontrovertible evidence that Captain Kirk had sexual relations with an alien or human female during the time frame of the original series.

    Trivia (10)

    • Most of the outdoor scenes were done with voice-overs due to too much background noise during filming, but the voice-overs at the beginning of the epiosde on the surface of the planet are very obvious and poorly done. Budget restrictions, no doubt.

    • It seems odd that McCoy isn't able to help Miramanee after she gets hurt by some flying rocks. They were able to save Spock when he got shot in "A Private Little War," he saved Kirk when he got stabbed in "Journey to Babel" and modern medicine even saved Capt. Pike, who was mutilated from radiation. However, with all their advanced medical abilities they can't stop some internal bleeding from getting hit with rocks.

    • When Miramanee takes the medicine badge off of Salish and puts in on Kirk, take note of the space age elastic band that the badge is tied to.

    • Unavoidable, but Kirk uses good old-fashioned 60s mouth-to-mouth rather than subsequently developed CPR technique to revive the boy.

    • When Kirk heads for the monolith as the storm whips up, in some shots the sky is a clear blue and the nearby lake's surface is perfectly calm.

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