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This Side of Paradise
(På denne side af paradis)
Stardate 3417.3
Star Trek: The Original Series, episode 25 (1.24)

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:
Jill Ireland   IMDB   Leila
Frank Overton   IMDB   Elias Sandoval
Grant Woods   IMDB   Lt. Commander Kelowitz
Michael Barrier   IMDB   Lieutenant Desalle
Dick Scotter   IMDB   Painter
Meade Martin   IMDB   Crewman
Music:
Alexander Courage   IMDB
Director:
Ralph Serensky   IMDB
Teleplay:
D.C. Fontana   IMDB
Story:
Nathan Butler   IMDB
D.C. Fontana   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TOS LaserDisc Volume 11
DVD   ST:TOS DVD Volume 13
VHS   ST:TOS VHS 1.9
Teaser
The Original Series Teaser #25: This Side of Paradise

The Enterprise investigates a group of Federation colonists on Omicron Ceti III who are presumed dead. What they find are the colonists in perfect health, and in peaceful bliss. Both are chalked up to the spores on the planet which remove negative feelings. Kirk's problems begin quickly as the influence of the spores spreads through the ship. Everyone wants to stay on the planet, even Spock strikes up a relationship with one of the colonists. Kirk, alone on the ship, must snap his first officer out of it before the Enterprise burns up in the planet's atmosphere.
Synopsis
Expecting the colonists of Omicron Ceti III to be dead after three years of exposure to deadly Berthold rays, Kirk and Spock are surprised to find the colony alive and flourishing.

Spock beams to the surface and meets a young botanist, Leila Kalomi, that he'd worked with previously and they renew the old friendship. When she'd worked with Spock six years before on Earth, Leila had tried to interest Spock romantically, and failed. Now she leads the Vulcan to a secluded section of the planet where a native plant sprays him with their spores. Leila tells Spock that the plant induces feelings of harmony and peace and love, along with a desire to remain on Omicron Ceti III and their paradise.

The spores serve to break down Spock's inhibitions and soon he has declared his love for Leila and his desire to remain on the planet. Some of the plants are beamed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and more of the crew are affected.

Captain Kirk, the last holdout, finally is affected by the power of the spores and discovers, through his own violent, adverse effect at leaving his beloved U.S.S. Enterprise, that strong, violent emotions are what reverse the effect of the spores.

Kirk manages to lure Spock back to the U.S.S. Enterprise where he goads Spock into a fight. The extra adrenaline in the Vulcan's system pushes the effect of the spores from Spock and he reverts to normal... just short of killing Captain Kirk.

Using subsonic sound waves, the two officers manage to bring around the rest of the crew and colonists. Now that the colonists realize that the spores have prevented them from making any real progress and accomplishments, they plan to relocate where the plants do not grow.
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