This Side of Paradise

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (17)

  • Spock: (to Leila) What you are describing was once known as a "happiness pill." You as a scientist should know that is impossible. Leila: Not here.

  • Kirk: We haven't heard much from you about Omicron Ceti III, Mr. Spock. Spock: I have little to say about it Captain, except that for the first time in my life, I was happy.

  • McCoy: That didn't sound at all like Spock, Jim. Kirk: No, it... I thought you said you might like him if he mellowed a little. McCoy: I didn't say that! Not exactly.

  • McCoy: (after meeting Elias Sandoval) Pure speculation, just an educated guess, I'd say that man is alive.

  • Sandoval: We don't need you..not as a doctor. McCoy: Oh no? Would you like to see just how fast I can put you in a hospital? Sandoval: I am the leader of this colony. I'll assign you to whatever work I think is suitable! McCoy: Just a minute...better make me a mechanic. Then I can treat little tin gods like you!

  • Kirk: 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 lutes. We must march to the sound of drums.

  • Kirk: No wants -- no needs? We weren't meant for that. None of us. Man stagnates if he has no ambition, no desire to be more than he is.

  • Kirk: Another dream that failed. There's nothing sadder.

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Notes (2)

  • Jerry Sohl's original script was called "The Way of the Spores" and the central character and love interest for Leila was to be Sulu rather than Spock. The spores, which were to be hidden in a cave, would be agents of intelligence, and would give the recipient telepathic powers. D.C. Fontana rewrote the script to change the love interest to Spock, place the spores throughout the planet's vegetation, and cause the recipient to experience heightened blissful emotions. This then allowed the non-emotional Spock to express full emotion and experience love.

  • Jerry Sohl wrote the story for this episode under the pseudonymn Nathan Butler.

Trivia (2)

  • As with many amazing discoveries, no one ever remembers this planet and the spores later. They can heal disease and regrow missing organs. Just beam someone down, let them get healed, beam them back up and get them mad, and voila, one super-healed patient.

  • Where the heck did the plant that sprays Kirk come from? There's a side shot of the navigation station and there's nothing there. Then he sits down, the plant raises itself from somewhere, somehow, and spritzes him.