Star Trek

Season 1 Episode 24

This Side of Paradise

Aired Unknown Mar 02, 1967 on NBC
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The Enterprise crew is trapped in paradise when they come to rescue colonists who have fallen to pacifying alien spores and become infected themselves.

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  • Kirk must deal a mutiny due to a planet's strange spores infecting his crew.

    Like "The Return of Archons", this episode presents a false paradise for Kirk to battle, this time by himself. With spores infecting the crew, "Paradise" is really a not-so-subtle metaphor for drugs, a bold statement for a show that in its original day had a large hippie fanbase. In its stucture, the episode is simliar to "Shore Leave", taking place largely outside and placing the emphasis on the regulars over the guest stars (with the exception, in this case, of Jill Ireland playing a love interest for Spock).

    With the crewmembers literally abandoning ship to live in peace on the planet, Kirk is forced to ask himself if a captain without a crew is still a captain. Even his reliable righthand man, Spock, no longer listens to him, giving the episode a substory more fans remember than the main one, despite it largely happening offscreen. (That's because it hits all right notes, allowing Nimoy to be himself, giving a great visual of him swinging from a tree, and feeding into the dreams of fangirls who have always wished to melt Mr. Spock's cold It also marks the transition of Spock's people being known as "Vulcanians" (mentioned quite a few times in the first season, including early in this episode) to Vulcans (with Kirk calling him such later in the episode). The transition continues in "Errand of Mercy", with both terms being used again.

    As an outdoor adventure with the crew cutting loose and having fun, "Paradise" is one of Star Trek's more memorable adventures; but the truth is it's slow moving with little action and probably more of a middle of the pack offering for the original series.

    Remastered: With the original version putting its money into location shooting as opposed to effects (reusing shots of the Enterprise in orbit from "The Man Trap", with the planet tinted green), there's not much for CBS Digital to do here. They do, however, create a beautiful Earth-like planet, complete with visible radiation, and show off some beautiful establishing shots of the ship.

  • Soap opera in space!

    Excellent acting by Nimoy. Great acidity story as well! I wonder where the idea came from.
  • Excuse me, but I don't see the problem.

    Great acting. Leonard Nimoy at his best. However, I truly do not see where living on the planet was a bad thing. Love, peace, having just what you need and nothing more, and excellant health. There is no satisfactory answer given on why should the colonists, Spock, the crew leave their paradise. Yes, the ship would be abandoned. But it would seem to be that the good outweighs the bad.
  • Free love and flower power!

    Star Trek episodes are clever in that they show thoughts and concepts on current news and media stories through their episodes. I think this one was stating that it was all well having free love and a "brotherhood of man" in the 1960's but if we need drugs(the flowers in this case) to "dig it" then we will get nothing done well apart from creating some musical master pieces maybe!

    On a darker note I'd like to have seen the flowers more developed such as their need to reproduce. What if the spores after a certain period of time started to grow and take over the hosts body and because of their state of mind they wouldn't have cared!moreless
  • Flower Power!

    this epiisode of "Star trek" has the crew visiting a planet to save some colonists, only to be told that the rather be here than on the ship. the find out why, a flower made most of the crew turn against Kirk and stay on the planet. It would have gotton to Kirk, except that Kirk is smarter than most of the people on the enterprise and used ager to get rid of the effect of the planet. the crew under the plant's spell rebelled against the plant and in the end, everybody is back on the enterprise. We see spook falling in love. Yeah, I like to put that thing in.moreless
Jill Ireland

Jill Ireland

Leila Kalomi

Guest Star

Michael Barrier (II)

Michael Barrier (II)

Lt. Vincent DeSalle

Guest Star

Dick Scotter

Dick Scotter


Guest Star

DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley

Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

Recurring Role

George Takei

George Takei

Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Recurring Role

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Lt. Nyota Uhura

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Spock: Emotions are alien to me. I'm a scientist.

    • Kirk: All right you mutinous, disloyal, computerized half-breed, we'll see about you deserting my ship.
      Spock: The term "half-breed" is somewhat applicable, but 'computerized' is inaccurate. A machine can be computerized, not a man.
      Kirk: What makes you think you're a man? You're an overgrown jack rabbit, an elf with a hyperactive thyroid.
      Spock: Jim, I don't understand.
      Kirk: Of course you don't understand. You don't have the brains to understand. All you have are printed circuits.
      Spock: Captain, if you'll excuse me.
      Kirk: What can you expect from a simpering, devil-eared freak, whose father was a computer and whose mother was an encyclopedia?
      Spock: My mother was a teacher, my father an ambassador.
      Kirk: Your father was a computer, like his son. An ambassador from a planet of traitors. The Vulcan never lived who had an ounce of integrity.
      Spock: Captain, please don't...
      Kirk: You're a traitor from a race of traitors, disloyal to the core, rotten like the rest of your sub-human race – and you've got the gall to make love to that girl.
      Spock: That's enough.
      Kirk: Does she know what she's getting, Spock? A carcass full of memory banks who should be squatting on a mushroom instead of passing himself off as a man. You belong in a circus, Spock, not a starship – right next to the dog-faced boy.

    • Kirk: Where's McCoy?
      Spock: He went off to create something called a mint julep. That's a drink, Jim.

    • Kirk: I'll tell you something - it's not every First Officer that gets to belt his Captain... several times.
      Spock: You did that to me deliberately.
      Kirk: Spock, believe me it was painful... in more ways than one.

    • Spock: I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question.

    • Leila: You never told me if you had another name, Mr. Spock.
      Spock: You couldn't pronounce it.

    • Kirk: Where are you?
      Spock: I don't believe I want to tell you that.
      Kirk: Spock, I don't know what you think you're doing, but this is an order. Report back to me at the settlement in ten minutes. We're evacuating all colonists to Starbase 27.
      Spock: No, I don't think so.
      Kirk: You - don't - think - so - what??
      Spock: I don't think so...Sir.

    • Spock: I am what I am, Leila, and if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them. Mine can be no worse than someone else's.

    • Spock: Striking a fellow officer is a court-martial offense.
      Kirk: If we're both in the brig, who'll build the subsonic transmitter?

  • 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.