Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 3

The Paradise Syndrome

Aired Unknown Oct 04, 1968 on NBC

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  • Two good stories rolled in to one although I have some issues with Kirk's adventures

    This episide has some great moments mostly dealing with the Enterprise and an outdoor location which gets out of the confines of the Enterprise and fake looking planet sets. We've finally figured out why so many humanoids are found on other planets because they were seeded there by intelligent aliens. However, I find it hard to believe that the indians on the planets are actually a mixture of Navajos and such. It would have been more believable if the they were a unique tribe. After all, you find unique animals in Australia and Gallapos Islands because they have been separated from other species for many years. The visual aspects of the colliding asteroid are dazzling and Spocks's attempts to divert it are eye candy. Spock almost goes on a Kirk like obsession to find some way to deflect it. However, his obsession is focused on the obelisk because the secret lies within it. On the other hand, Kirk's adventures has some problems. They try to roll a romance of several months into an episode and this makes it seem to condensed. But Kirk's interactions with the tribe is interesting as they take him for a god. However, Miramanee's death seems too convenient. Unless somebody lobbed an accurate rock throw to her head, her death seemed too forced. It would have made more sense for her to die from the future pregnancy. But, Kirk's happily finding his Shangri-La (albeit reluntantly since he stills sees an Enterprise and two familiar faces in a fog) is enjoyable. But the best moments are still on the Enterprise with Spock in command using that great scientific mind of his to rescue the Captain and divert the asteroid. His interaction with McCoy has wonderful dialogue, especially McCoy's remark about "cutting a diamond" and Spock's payback to McCoy by telling him of how astute his description was. Spock and McCoy feuding over Spock's decisions is legendary, but Spock would always say something positive towards McCoy that would let him know that he still valued McCoy's matter how illogical they seemed.
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