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The Return of the Archons
(Archonerne vender tilbage)
Stardate 3156.2
Star Trek: The Original Series, episode 22 (1.21)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
William Shatner   IMDB   Captain James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy   IMDB   Lt. Commander Spock
DeFobest Kelley   IMDB   Lt. Commander Leonard H. McCoy
James Doohan   IMDB   Lieutenant Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
George Takei   IMDB   Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle Nichols   IMDB   Lieutenant Nyota Uhura
Guest Cast:
Harry Townes   IMDB   Reger
Torin Thatcher   IMDB   Marplon
Brioni Farrell   IMDB   Tula
Sid Haig   IMDB   First Lawgiver
Charles MacAulay   IMDB   Landru
Jon Lormer   IMDB   Tamar
Morgan Farley   IMDB   Hacom
Christopher Held   IMDB   Lindstorm
Sean Morgan   IMDB   Lieutenant O'Neil
Ralph Maurer   IMDB   Bilar
David L. Ross   IMDB   Guard
Bobby Clark   IMDB   Townsperson
Music:
Alexander Courage   IMDB
Director:
Joseph Pevney   IMDB
Teleplay:
Boris Sobelman   IMDB
Story:
Gene Roddenberry   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TOS LaserDisc Volume 10
DVD   ST:TOS DVD Volume 11
VHS   ST:TOS VHS 1.8
Book tie-ins
Starfleet Corps of Engineers #014: Caveat Emptor
Starfleet Corps of Engineers #018: Foundations II
Star Trek: The Original Series #080: The Joy Machine
Teaser
The Original Series Teaser #22: The Return of the Archons

While checking up on the crew of the Archon, who transported down to Beta III, the Enterprise learns that the people there are being controlled by a computer named Landru who takes over their minds to make them all a part of the body. Kirk takes it upon himself to destroy the mechanism and bring freedom back to that world's people.
Synopsis
The U.S.S. Enterprise is investigating Beta III, where the U.S.S. Archon disappeared over 100 years before.

When the landing party exhibits strange behavior, Kirk sends another party down to investigate. They find the culture on Beta III is quiescent, with no creative tendencies. The entire culture is controlled by a group of 'lawgivers' known as "The Body" which is, in turn, controlled by the omniscient Landru. The inhabitants change from normal, peaceful people to a violent mob at the coming of the Red Hour. This 'Festival' is the society's only outlet for the tyrannical hold that Landru has over them at all other times.

Meanwhile, the U.S.S. Enterprise is being pulled from its orbit, its crew to be absorbed into the Body. This, they discover, is what happened to the U.S.S. Archon, so many years before.

Archon survivors have formed an underground of sorts to fight the Body, and they help Kirk and Spock reach Landru. Landru turns out to be an incredibly complex computer built by Landru, a scientist who lived 6,000 years before, who wanted to guide his people into a peaceful, civilized progress.

Landru had affected the computer with his scientific thoughts and memories, but not his wisdom. For centuries the computer, 'Landru,' has been interpreting his suggestions to the point that no one is allowed independent thought. Kirk tells the computer that instead of helping to nurture the culture of Beta III, it has harmed it. Landru destroys itself, leaving the Betans to work toward the sort of culture Landru had wanted so many centuries before. With the promise of Federation help on the way, Kirk and his crew beam back to the U.S.S. Enterprise.
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