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Star Trek: The Way to Eden

The Enterprise take on six passengers of the stolen space cruiser, Aurora, after they are forced to destroy it before it enters Romulan-controlled space. The six passengers are "space hippies" led by Dr. Sevrin, who want to live free on the mythical planet of Eden. Spock sympathizes with them and helps find the planet, but Dr. Sevrin has his own plans to get there.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x20
Production Number: 60043-075
Airdate: Friday February 21st, 1969

Starring Roles
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Walter KoenigWalter Koenig
As Ensign Pavel Chekov
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
As Nurse Christine Chapel

Guest Stars
Skip HomeierSkip Homeier
As Sevrin

Co-Guest Stars
Victor BrandtVictor Brandt
As Tongo Rad
Elizabeth RogersElizabeth Rogers
As Lt. Palmer
Phyllis DouglasPhyllis Douglas
As Girl #2
Deborah DowneyDeborah Downey
As Girl #1 (Mavig)

Frank Da VinciFrank Da Vinci
As Brent/Vinci
Jeannie MaloneJeannie Malone
As Lieutenant
Roger HollowayRoger Holloway
As Mr. Lemli
William BlackburnWilliam Blackburn
As Lt. Hadley
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy


The Enterprise is chasing after the Aurora, a stolen space cruiser. When they pick it up on scanners they try to hail it to surrender and it flees toward Romulan space. They snag it in a tractor beam but the thieves refuse to surrender and overheat their engines trying to break free. Scotty manages to lock on and transport over the six life signs aboard just before it blows up...

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Episode Notes
According to James Doohan (Scotty), this was the only episode of the series that he did not like.

Skip Homeier (Dr. Severin) previously played Deputy F├╝hrer Melakon in "Patterns of Force".

Charles Napier and Deborah Downey composed several of their own songs for the episode, working with Arthur Heinemann, the episode writer. The music was recycled a year later for the movie The Hanging of Jake Ellis, which Napier and Downey starred in and sang.

Joanna McCoy, Dr. McCoy's daughter, was originally to appear. The script, titled "Joanna," was rejected.

Executive Vice President Douglas S. Cramer came up with the insult term of "Herbert." this may have been a reference to his predecessor, Herbert F. Solow.

Episode Quotes
Kirk: Are they aboard? Scotty, are they aboard?
Scotty: Aye, Captain. They are, and a nice lot too.

Spock: In addition, you've caused an interstellar incident which may have destroyed everything that's been negotiated between your planet and the Federation.
Tongo Rad: You've got a hard lip, Herbert.

Spock: But they've rejected all that and all that this technology provides. And they seek the primitive. 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.
Kirk: All do. The cave is deep in our memory.
Spock: Yes, that is true, Captain.
Kirk: But, uh, we don't steal space cruisers and act like irresponsible children. What makes you so sympathetic toward them?
Spock: It is not, uh, sympathy so much as curiosity, Captain: a wish to understand. They regard themselves as aliens in their own worlds, a condition with which I am somewhat familiar.

Kirk: Spock. What does Herbert mean?
Spock: It is, um, um, somewhat, uh, uncomplimentary, Captain. Herbert was a minor official notorious for his rigid and limited patterns of thought.
Kirk: Well, I shall try to be less rigid in my thinking.

Adam: I'm gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy, I got a clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy.

Scotty: Captain, I just had to give one of those barefooted whaddyacallems the boot out of here. He came into my engine room, bold as brass; tried to incite my crew to disaffect.

Adam: Hey, how about a session, you and us It would sound! That's what I came for. I wanted to ask, you know, great white captain upstairs, but he don't reach us. But, uh, would he shake on a session? I mean, we want to cooperate, like you ask, so I'm asking.
Spock: If I understand you correctly, I believe the answer might be "yes."

Scotty: I don't know why a young mind has to be undisciplined. They're troublemakers!
Kirk: I used to get into a little trouble when I was that age, Scotty, didn't you?

Kirk: The Romulans will view this as a military intrusion and attack. Bring the ship about now. If you bring her about and return to Star base, no charges will be leveled.
Adam: Like he said, Brother Sevrin.
Kirk: If you do not, you will never reach Eden. You and this ship will be destroyed.
Adam: He's got jelly in the belly. Real scared.

Kirk: We reach, Mr. Spock.

Episode Goofs
When Chapel collapses in Sickbay due to the sonic attack, the lights flicker although no other shots show this. The reason is that the footage is recycled from "Spock's Brain."

Twice in the episode, Kirk's part flips to his left, due to recycling footage. In both instances his ship's insignia can also be seen flipped. The first time is when Kirk emerges from Sickbay, the second time on Eden as he reacts to Sevrin running away.

Episode References
Chekov's full name, Pavel Andreievich Chekov, is given here for the first time.

What Changed in the Remastered Version
General improvements cited on the main series page. The orbital shots of Eden get a surface upgrade, and two moons are seen in orbit. The hippies' stolen cruiser the Aurora receives a substantial upgrade and a totally different appearance, as well as a new explosion effect. The establishing landscape shot Eden when the landing party arrives now features an expanse of forests and mountains, with the moons visible in the sky.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerFred Freiberger
Associate ProducerGregg Peters (1)  |  Edward K. Milkis
CastingJoseph D'Agosta  |  William J. Kenney
Unit Production ManagerGregg Peters (1)
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
HairstylistPat Westmore
Make-upFred B. Phillips
GripGeorge Rader
Set DecoratorJohn M. Dwyer
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Script SupervisorGeorge A. Rutter
Re-Recording MixerGordon L. Day
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
OtherArthur H. Singer (Story Consultant)
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman  |  Al Francis
Art DirectorWalter M. Jefferies
Sound MixerCarl Daniels  |  Doug Grindstaff
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
Executive Vice President In Charge Of ProductionDouglas S. Cramer
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