Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 20

The Way to Eden

Aired Unknown Feb 21, 1969 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (17)

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  • The crew of the Enterprise go headin' out to Eden. (Yay, brother).

    Yes, it's one of the most infamous Star Trek episodes, right up there with "Spock's Brain" on the "campiness" scale. The silliness stems from the fact that the episode was written about young people by an old person (Arthur Heinemann). It's sort of like having your grandfather write a story about you and your teenage friends. Then there's the problem of Heinemann (at producer Fred Freiberger's request) changing the lead female part from McCoy's daughter to a love interest for Chekov. In one swift stroke (done so because Freiberger didn't want it insinuated that McCoy is enough to have a grown daughter, which might make people begin to think of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy as "old,") Heinemann took away our reason to actually care about the hippies and turned Chekov into the rigid, inflexible voice of reason you'd expect from someone older. (Meanwhile, Spock is the groovy, understanding character who knows how to "speak hippy". Go figure.) On the plus side, the episode is a ton of fun for its cheesiness and has some funny songs.
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