Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Paradise Syndrome 

Trapped on a planet whose inhabitants are descended from Northwestern Native Americans, Kirk loses his memory and is proclaimed a God while the crippled Enterprise races back to the planet before it is destroyed by an asteroid.


Jud Taylor


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Margaret Armen | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Sabrina Scharf ... Miramanee
Rudy Solari Rudy Solari ... Salish
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Richard Hale ... Goro
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Naomi Newman Naomi Newman ... Indian Woman (as Naomi Pollack)
John Lindesmith John Lindesmith ... Engineer
Peter Virgo Jr. Peter Virgo Jr. ... Warrior
Lamont Laird Lamont Laird ... Indian Boy


Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to a planet that is in the path on an oncoming meteor. They find an idyllic place that is very similar to Earth and whose population is virtually identical to North American Natives. Their visit is meant to be a short one since their mission is to deflect the meteor, still several months away. Before they can return to the ship, Kirk disappears and loses his memory in an accident, forcing Spock to take command of the Enterprise and to leave him behind. On the planet, Kirk is treated like a god when they see him emerge from an obelisk that is actually a deflector beam (which no one remembers how to use, however). When the Enterprise fails to deflect the meteor, they return to the planet only hours before the annihilating meteor's arrival. Written by garykmcd

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4 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


This is one of very few occasions where Nurse Chapel is beamed/transported down to a planet surface. See more »


Nurse Chapel beams down from the Enterprise (with presumably calm air) into a wind storm; however, the image makes it look like a similar storm is occurring in the Enterprise transporter room. Similarly, when Spock beams down, his hair is shown blowing in the wind even before he fully materializes. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. McCoy: Look at those pine trees!
Captain James T. Kirk: And that lake.
Dr. McCoy: I swear that's honeysuckle I smell.
Captain James T. Kirk: I swear that's a little orange blossom thrown in. It's unbelievable. Growth, exactly like that of Earth, on a planet half a galaxy away. What are the odds of such duplication?
Mr. Spock: Astronomical, Captain.
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Alternate Versions

The "Enhanced" version, and the version shown on TV Land, drop the scene where Miramannee announces her pregnancy. See more »


Referenced in Star Trek Continues: The White Iris (2015) See more »

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A clever and sweet love story
8 May 2014 | by offuttSee all my reviews

Anybody who thought the end of this episode was sappy has never been in love.

I really admire the way this episode slipped in an explanation for why the galaxy contains so many humanoids. Definitely the best of the 3rd season and one of the best of all the original ST series.

Interesting that IMDb requires reviews be 10 lines. No wonder so many reviews blah blah for so long.

The episode did not explain why the planet looks like the southern California hills, but maybe the same aliens who set up the temple also terra formed the planet? This episode does a good job showing Scotty's devotion to the engines, even as he is asked to put unreasonable demands on them. The episode also explores the McCoy-Spock argument over emotional reactions vs. logical analysis effectively, showing how both approaches in the extreme can lead to incorrect choice.

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