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The Way to Eden 

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A group of idealistic hippies, led by an irrational leader, come aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.


David Alexander


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Arthur Heinemann (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Skip Homeier ... Sevrin
Charles Napier ... Adam
Mary Linda Rapelye ... Irina (as Mary-Linda Rapelye)
James Doohan ... Scott
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
George Takei ... Sulu
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Tongo Rad
Elizabeth Rogers ... Lt. Palmer
Deborah Downey Deborah Downey ... Girl #1
Phyllis Douglas Phyllis Douglas ... Girl #2


The Enterprise is ordered to pursue a group of anti-establishment idealists who have stolen a space cruiser and made off for the mythical planet Eden. When the group pushes their stolen ship beyond its limits, the Enterprise is forced to rescue them by transporting them aboard. This merry band of space-hippies includes an insane leader (Dr. Sevrin), an academy drop-out and former love interest of Chekov (Irina), and the son of a Catullan ambassador (Tongo Rad). With the Federation undergoing fragile treaty negotiations with the Catullans, Kirk is ordered by Starfleet to treat the dissidents with "extreme tolerance." Kirk finds the group and its leader too difficult to deal with while Spock maintains a deep curiosity about their ideals. Kirk appoints Spock as liaison for the group during their stay on the Enterprise. Dr. Sevrin demands to be taken to Eden, but Kirk refuses on the grounds that his orders from Starfleet dictate that the group be taken to the nearest star base. While ... Written by Anonymous

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21 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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This was the only episode of Star Trek TOS that contain original music with lyrics. Other songs sung during the series were standards.. Uhura sings "Charlie is Our Darling" in Star Trek: The Original Series: Charlie X (1966) and "Captain" O'Reilly sings "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" in Star Trek: The Original Series: The Naked Time (1966). The only other original song from the series to have lyrics was the title song, but they were never recorded for the series because they were written by Gene Roddenberry shortly before cancellation so that he could get half of Alexander Courage's ongoing rights to the theme song. See more »


As Spock is introducing the Vulcan Lute in his cabin to Adam his finger movements do not correspond with the pitch of the played note. See more »


Spock: There are many who are... uncomfortable with what we have created. It is almost a biological rebellion, a profound revulsion against the planned communities, the programming, the sterilized, artfully balanced atmospheres. They... hunger for an Eden where spring comes.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Talking Saul: Mabel (2017) See more »


I See You
Performed by Deborah Downey and Charles Napier
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Futuristic Hippies
16 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the year after Woodstock it seemed rather obvious that Gene Roddenberry was using this episode to tap into the Hippie movement which was sweeping the country after the seminal event of Woodstock. Whatever his motivation, Star Trek prime created a nice story about some young people who are looking to tune in, turn on, and drop out.

They're led by a scientist played by Skip Homeier who has done just that. He also has contracted some kind of biological contagion and as Leonard Nimoy observes, he's quite mad. But Nimoy also kind of connects with Homeier's followers.

Not that they don't have a goal in mind, it's to reach a mythical planet called Eden which is not unlike the Garden Of Eden featured in our Abrahamic monotheist religions.

The rub here is that they reach Eden, but the Creator/Deity has put something in the life on Eden that will truly take care of the infestation of civilization as Homeier and several followers find out to their regret.

An interesting and timely episode taking advantage of a trend in our culture.

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