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The Hippie Songs from 'Way To Eden'
Discussion in ' Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series ' started by Spock's Barber , Nov 3, 2015 .
Spock's Barber Commodore Commodore
Is there anyone else out there is the ST universe that thinks the songs from 'Eden' are cool?
Ssosmcin Rear Admiral Rear Admiral
I always liked them. Hated the episode, but really enjoyed the songs. I still sing "Steppin' Into Eden."
Mr. Spook said: ↑ I always liked them. Hated the episode, but really enjoyed the songs. I still sing "Steppin' Into Eden." Click to expand...
Zaminhon Captain Captain
I enjoyed the episode. I particularly liked Spock's jam session. My siblings and I called each other"Herbert" when we were kids, usually accompanied by a "spaz" gesture.
Zaminhon said: ↑ I enjoyed the episode. I particularly liked Spock's jam session. My siblings and I called each other"Herbert" when we were kids, usually accompanied by a "spaz" gesture. Click to expand...
Forbin Admiral Admiral
Well, the best actual hippie music at the time was written by actual counter-culture young people under 30. I'm assuming the songs in the episode were written by an old "establishment" geezer (over 30) who had no real connection with the youth movement. I always thought of them as lame attempts at rebellious youth songs by The Man. Parodies at best. Pretty painful to listen to. It's good to cleanse your pallet with some Dylan, Joan Baez, Joanie Mitchell, Jefferson Starship, Doors, or CSN afterward.
telerites Commander Red Shirt
Yeah I'm no Herbert either. This is one of those guilty pleasure episodes for me. It's corny and campy but enjoyed it. Spock rocking out with hippies is great. And finally a rival to best ears with those honkers on Dr. Sevrin.
TOSalltheway Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt
I can't shake the image of the friends in the movie "Free Enterprise" belting out "steppin' into eden, yeaaahhh brother...." PS If you have not seen the movie Free Enterprise it is a must see.
Nebusj Rear Admiral Rear Admiral
Well, I like the music. It doesn't really have the spirit of actual hippie music, but as a Future Hippie music, well, why not? Grab your bicycle wheel and strum along. To bring authority into this, James Blish --- who was among other things a fairly stern music critic --- took the time to praise the construction of the episode's music in the novelization. Given that Blish wasn't actually writing the novelizations by this point, and that nobody would notice if the book said nothing about the music, I suppose that this reflects his actual opinion.
Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral
Forbin said: ↑ I'm assuming the songs in the episode were written by an old "establishment" geezer (over 30) who had no real connection with the youth movement. Click to expand...
drt Commodore Commodore
Spock's Barber said: ↑ Is there anyone else out there is the ST universe that thinks the songs from 'Eden' are cool? Click to expand...
T'Girl Vice Admiral Admiral
Forbin said: ↑ Dylan, Joan Baez, Joanie Mitchell, Jefferson Starship, Doors, or CSN Click to expand...
^ CSN = Crosby/Stills/Nash
Nerys Myk Rolling Premium Member
Espaço-chica said: ↑ Forbin said: ↑ Dylan, Joan Baez, Joanie Mitchell, Jefferson Starship, Doors, or CSN Click to expand...
FormerLurker Rear Admiral Rear Admiral
I always heard it as "Headin' Out to Eden" rather than "Steppin' In to Eden".
FormerLurker said: ↑ I always heard it as "Headin' Out to Eden" rather than "Steppin' In to Eden". Click to expand...
Kor Fleet Admiral Admiral
Jefferson Airplane at that time. Kor
BoredShipCapt'n Rear Admiral Rear Admiral
Well, as long as we're being pedantic, it's Joni Mitchell. And palate.
ZapBrannigan Rear Admiral Rear Admiral
Spock's Barber said: ↑ Yes, 'Eden' is much better than the 'Lost in Space' episode called 'The Space Destructors', which dealt with Space Bikers/Hippies that come to destroy the planet where the Jupiter 2 is marooned. BTW, I think it was Bob Justman who stated that Herb Solow was the inspiration for the derogatory name 'Herbert', just as an inside joke for the cast and crew. Click to expand...
ZapBrannigan said: ↑ Spock's Barber said: ↑ Yes, 'Eden' is much better than the 'Lost in Space' episode called 'The Space Destructors', which dealt with Space Bikers/Hippies that come to destroy the planet where the Jupiter 2 is marooned. BTW, I think it was Bob Justman who stated that Herb Solow was the inspiration for the derogatory name 'Herbert', just as an inside joke for the cast and crew. Click to expand...
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Star trek: the original series, "the way to eden".
Air date: 2/21/1969 Teleplay by Arthur Heinemann Story by Michael Richards and Arthur Heinemann Directed by David Alexander
Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan
"The Way to Eden" is an example of trying to fit an elephant into a birdcage, and it comes off looking about as silly as a visualization of the said analogy. For starters, whoever came up with the idea of "23rd-century hippies in space" was stretching the idea of allegory beyond even Trek 's abilities. (Does this strike only me as a Federation oxymoron?)
Maybe a new view of the Federation could've theoretically been revealed, but the episode is far too inept to come up with one. Instead, the "insanity" of Dr. Sevrin (Skip Homeier) becomes the driving force of the story's impenetrable plot involving the search for "Eden." And what about "Eden," anyway? Is it supposed to be a myth or a planet? The episode can't seem to decide. One wonders if the search becomes one for a charted planet that simply happens to be named "Eden."
Characterization is also way off: Chekov as a stolid, conservative, by-the-books Voice of Starfleet doesn't make any sense given his character, and Spock being absorbed by the hippie cause lacks dramatic payoff, instead seeming like an excuse to warrant his presence in several annoying musical numbers. Honestly, I'd rather watch "Spock's Brain" again, because at least it's dumb enough to laugh at. "Eden" is not particularly laughable. But it is rambling, unenlightening, misconceived, mischaracterized, pointless, and requires sheer endurance to sit through—comprised of yet another plot where a group attempts to commandeer the ship for its own purposes. It's like "And the Children Shall Lead" with older children; the meanings behind the hippiedom aren't considered for a moment, resulting in zero digestible substance.
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The Way to Eden (episode)
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The Enterprise picks up a group of renegades who have rejected modern technological life to search for the mythical planet Eden.
- 1.2 Act One
- 1.3 Act Two
- 1.4 Act Three
- 1.5 Act Four
- 2 Log entries
- 3 Memorable quotes
- 4.1 Production timeline
- 4.2 Story and production
- 4.4 Sets and props
- 4.5 Continuity
- 4.6 Reception
- 4.7 Remastered information
- 4.8 Video and DVD releases
- 5.1 Starring
- 5.2 Also starring
- 5.3 Guest star
- 5.4 Also starring
- 5.5 Uncredited co-stars
- 5.6 References
- 5.7 External links
Summary [ ]
The USS Enterprise intercepts the Aurora , a stolen space cruiser. The crew of the craft attempt to run away, but the engines overheat and the vessel is destroyed. Moments before the explosion, Scott is able to beam them safely aboard. There, the thieves are revealed to be a wild-looking group of primitivist space hippies.
Act One [ ]
In the transporter room, Kirk and Spock meet the thieves. Among them is Tongo Rad , the son of a Catullan ambassador – and whose involvement prevents Captain Kirk, under orders from the Federation , from arresting the group for theft . Instead, Kirk is ordered to bring them to a starbase as guests. Rad and the group are not fazed by Kirk, and continue to sit on the floor, though they do demand Kirk bring them to the planet Eden – which Kirk insists is a myth. Spock apparently seems to understand the group's gestures and motives, though they do not give him details, either. They chant Kirk derisively, " Herbert! Herbert ! "
Kirk goes to the bridge to have Lieutenant Palmer notify the starbase that they have the group alive. Another member of the group is Irina Galliulin , an acquaintance of Ensign Chekov and a dropout from Starfleet Academy . The group, led by Dr. Sevrin , a former university professor on Tiburon , rejects conventional society.
In sickbay, Chekov meets Galliulin after losing track of her a long time ago. He asks what happened, and she says she believes in her path and knew Chekov would not approve. When she rejoins her group, shouting is heard since Dr. Sevrin is quarantined. Chekov joins the security officers guarding sickbay in pushing back Sevrin's followers from entering.
Act Two [ ]
After being examined in sickbay , Dr. Sevrin is found to be a carrier for the deadly bacteria synthococcus novae , created by the very advances that make life in the 23rd century possible. The disease has no cure, but immunization is available. Kirk orders Dr. McCoy that boosters be administered to the crew, but that Dr. Sevrin must be put in isolation until he no longer poses a danger to the crew or his companions. Dr. Sevrin protests the action, claiming he did not know he was a carrier. Meanwhile, Dr. Sevrin's companions boldly circulate among the crew, attempting to incite the younger members, in particular, Sulu , to join them.
Kirk finally asks Spock to speak to Dr. Sevrin to persuade his followers to stop their actions before they are charged under Federation laws and barred from continuing their search for Eden . Dr. Sevrin then reveals to Spock he did know he was a carrier, and blames advanced technology for infecting him, then forcing him to stay near advanced technology. He says only a primitive world – such as Eden – can fully cleanse him from the disease. Spock counters that his presence would destroy any life on that planet , but Dr. Sevrin is unrelenting in his quest. Spock concludes that Dr. Sevrin is insane, but offers to help in the search for Eden by using the resources of the Enterprise .
Adam , one of Dr. Sevrin's followers, visits Spock in his quarters with a request to put on a concert for the crew. Spock agrees to ask Kirk about the idea. Adam spots Spock's Vulcan lute on a shelf behind him and Spock lets him try it out. Adam then hands the lute to Spock for a little demonstration on how to play it. Adam asks Spock to join him on the concert that he has proposed. Spock agrees.
Meanwhile, in auxiliary control , Chekov is assisting Spock's search for Eden, but he is distracted by Irina's presence. In trying to seduce the young ensign, Irina learns about the functions of the secondary control room. Adam and Irina then rejoin the rest of the group and there the true plan is revealed: the group is attempting to seize control of the Enterprise once Eden is located.
Act Three [ ]
"That's right, someone else is running this ship. I am."
During the concert, Tongo Rad climbs up a ladder, sneaks up behind Sevrin's guard , knocks him out and releases Dr. Sevrin. They make their way to auxiliary control and the others join them, they divert control of the ship to themselves and change course for Eden – taking the Enterprise across the Romulan Neutral Zone and into Romulan territory.
On the bridge, Sulu reports to Kirk that the helm is unresponsive. Scott believes it may have shorted out, but determines that helm control has been redirected to auxiliary control. Sevrin announces that he now has control of the Enterprise , as well as the ship's life support , and will not release control of the vessel until they reach Eden. Knowing that Dr. Sevrin will do whatever he plans to do, Kirk orders Scott to break into auxiliary control by cutting through a wall with a phaser .
As Kirk, Spock, and Scott attempt to enter the room, Sevrin prevents he and his followers from being seized by applying ultrasonics to knock out the crew of the Enterprise .
Act Four [ ]
The planet Eden
Kirk and Spock come to, however, and, under great agony, manage to shut off the sound waves. Kirk contacts the shuttlebay and discovers that a shuttle is missing. Dr. Sevrin and his followers stole the shuttlecraft Galileo II to take them to the planet's surface. Kirk decides to go after them.
" Be incorrect, occasionally. " " And you be correct. " " Occasionally. "
They are joined by Chekov and Dr. McCoy in the transporter room and beam down to the planet's surface in search of the group. They learn the legends about the planet are true – Eden is a fabulously beautiful planet. However, they learn the beauty hides deadly secrets: the grass and plant life are full of a powerful acid, and the fruit is poisonous to Humans . Eventually, the shuttlecraft is found, with Sevrin and his followers nursing severe burns on their bare feet from the acid in the grass and Adam dead from eating the fruit. McCoy makes plans to beam everyone to the ship for medical treatment, but Sevrin refuses to leave, runs to a tree, takes a bite out of the fruit and quickly dies.
Back on the Enterprise , Sevrin's followers prepare to leave the ship. On the bridge, Spock urges Irina to continue their quest for Eden. " I have no doubt you will find it … or make it yourselves, " he tells Irina as she and Chekov then kiss goodbye. " We reach… Mr. Spock, " Kirk says. The Enterprise continues on its mission.
Log entries [ ]
- Captain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2269
Memorable quotes [ ]
" Herbert! "
" One. " " We are one. " " One is the beginning. " " Are you One, Herbert? " "I am not Herbert. " " He's not Herbert! We reach! "
" Many myths are based on truth, Captain. "
" 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. " " All do. The cave is deep in our memory. "
" They regard themselves as aliens in their own worlds – a condition with which I am somewhat familiar. "
" Herbert was a minor official, notorious for his rigid and limited patterns of thought. " " Well, I shall try to be less rigid in my thinking. "
" Gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy! I got a clean bill of health from Doctor McCoy! "
" I thought all the animals were kept in cages. "
" I am proud of what I am, I believe in what I do. Can you say that? "
" Why did you stay away? " " Because you disapproved of me, just as you do now. Oh Pavel, you have always been like this, so correct. And inside, the struggle not to be. Give in to yourself, you will happier, you'll see."
" You don't belong with them! You know what we want – you want it too! Come! Join us! " " How do you know what I want? " " You're young. Think young, brother! " " You make it tempting. "
" Stiff man putting my mind in jail And the judge bang the gavel and say 'No bail' Gonna lick his hand and wag my tail! "
" Captain, I just had to give one of those barefooted what-do-you-call-'ems the boot out of here. She came in bold as brass, tried to incite my crew to disaffect. "
" I could never obey a computer. " " You could never listen to anyone. You always had to be different." " Not different, what I wanted to be. There is nothing wrong in doing what you want. "
" I don't understand why a young mind has to be an undisciplined one. " " I used to get into some trouble when I was that age, Scotty, didn't you? "
" We cannot allow them to come after us. It will not reach us in here; I can control it all. I have adjusted it so that it will suspend its effects after a few moments and allow us time to escape. Then, after we've gone, it will automatically reactivate. Rejoice, brethren! Soon we shall step together into Eden. "
" Stepping into Eden Yea brother Stepping into Eden Yea brother No more trouble in my body or my mind Gonna live like a king on whatever I find Eat all the fruit and throw away the rind Yea brother. "
" His name was Adam. "
" It is my sincere wish that you do not give up your search for Eden. I have no doubt but that you will find it, or make it yourselves. "
Background information [ ]
Production timeline [ ].
- Story outline by D.C. Fontana , titled "Joanna", 11 July 1968
- Revised story outline, 24 August 1968
- Revised story outline, titled "The Way to Eden", 27 August 1968
- Second revised story outline, 5 September 1968
- First draft teleplay by Arthur Heinemann , 6 November 1968
- Second draft teleplay, 11 November 1968
- Final draft teleplay by Arthur Singer , 12 November 1968
- Revised final draft teleplay, mid- November 1968
- Second revised final draft teleplay by Fred Freiberger , 18 November 1968
- Music recording session, 20 November 1968
- Makeup tests, 21 November 1968
- Additional page revisions by Freiberger, 21 November 1968 , 26 November 1968
- Day 1 – 21 November 1968 , Thursday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Bridge
- Day 2 – 22 November 1968 , Friday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Bridge , Auxiliary control center
- Day 3 – 25 November 1968 , Monday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Recreation room (redress of Briefing room ), Transporter room
- Day 4 – 26 November 1968 , Tuesday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Transporter room , Sickbay , Corridors , Auxiliary control center
- Day 5 – 27 November 1968 , Wednesday – Desilu Stage 10 : Ext. Eden surface , Int. Shuttlecraft ; Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Sickbay
- Day 6 – 29 November 1968 , Friday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Brig , Auxiliary control center , Recreation room (redress of Briefing room )
- Original airdate: 21 February 1969
- First UK airdate (on BBC1 ): 20 January 1971
- First UK airdate (on ITV ): 5 August 1984
- Remastered episode airdate: 14 June 2008
During the syndication run of Star Trek , no syndication cuts were made to this episode.
Story and production [ ]
- D.C. Fontana was unhappy with the rewrite of her original script, and requested to be credited under her pseudonym "Michael Richards".
- The character of Irina Galliulin was originally to be Joanna McCoy , daughter of Dr. McCoy, and to be a love interest for Captain Kirk (the episode's original title was " Joanna "), but that script was later rejected. Joanna was also supposed to appear in an episode in season four, but again, it was not to be. 
- Chekov's character (which in the original story, was meant to have been Kirk's character) is portrayed in this episode as a rigid, rule-quoting straight arrow, in contrast to the writers' initial concept of the character as a younger, less authoritarian character who might appeal to teenage viewers. Walter Koenig has called the episode "badly written" partly because of this. He also called this episode the low point of his character's tenure on the show. 
- To create reaction shots of Kirk that were not filmed, several shots of William Shatner are repeated, printed backwards. This is obvious in a shot on the surface of Eden, where Kirk's insignia appears on the wrong side of his shirt.
- In the scene in which Spock plays his Vulcan harp for Adam (the last time he plays the instrument on the series), the background music for Uhura 's song from " Charlie X " is recycled.
- Nurse Chapel's collapse, as well as the collapse of other crewmembers in the corridor, is reused footage from " Spock's Brain ". This is why the lights go out in sickbay during that shot, while they are functioning normally elsewhere on the ship.
- The references to the insult "Herbert" and the official it was named after were inserted at the behest of production executive Douglas S. Cramer . It is thought that they were digs at his predecessor, Herbert F. Solow , though Herbert Hoover has also been suggested as a target. ( citation needed • edit )
- Due to the extra makeup load for this episode, Paramount brought additional outside makeup artists Larry Abbott and George Barr to assist in show's regular makeup staff. ( On the Good Ship Enterprise , p. 249)
- Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) does not appear in this episode. Lieutenant Palmer , who fills in, makes her second and final TOS appearance after " The Doomsday Machine " in the second season .
- Skip Homeier also starred in " Patterns of Force " as Melakon .
- Charles Napier co-wrote two of the songs he sings in this episode, including " Headin' Out to Eden " and " Looking for a New Land ". ( Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection liner notes ; These Are the Voyages: TOS Season Three , p. 555) He later appeared as Denning in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fourth season episode " Little Green Men ".
Sets and props [ ]
- The hijacked Class F shuttlecraft was the oft-used Galileo , although in this adventure she bore the name Galileo II .
- In the original version of the episode, the spacecraft Aurora is a Tholian ship with AMT model kit nacelles added to it. It is shown in the preview trailer without the nacelles. For the remastered version, a new design was created.
- A brief shot of the surface of Eden is reused footage of the lakeside from " Shore Leave ". A shot of the surface of Gamma Trianguli VI from " The Apple " is also recycled and used in the same scene.
- Gary Mitchell 's Kaferian apple tree can be seen in the foliage on Eden.
Continuity [ ]
- This episode marks the first mention of Chekov's patronymic / middle name. Galliulin greets him with "Pavel Andreievich".
- Spock's desire to find Eden is further explained in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier , although it is unlikely the stories were intended to be linked. Star Trek V closely parallels some of this episode's plot points, too.
Reception [ ]
- According to James Doohan , this was the only episode of the series that he did not like. ( citation needed • edit )
Remastered information [ ]
The remastered version of "The Way to Eden" aired in many North American markets during the weekend of .... The episode included new effects shots of the Aurora , replacing modified Tholian studio model.
Video and DVD releases [ ]
- Original US Betamax release: 1988
- UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, CIC Video ): Volume 39 , catalog number VHR 2435, 18 March 1991
- US VHS release: 15 April 1994
- UK re-release (three-episode tapes, CIC Video): Volume 3.7, 2 February 1998
- Original US DVD release (single-disc): Volume 38, 27 November 2001
- As part of the TOS Season 3 DVD collection
- As part of the TOS-R Season 3 DVD collection
Links and references [ ]
Starring [ ].
- William Shatner as Capt. Kirk
Also starring [ ]
- Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock
- DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy
Guest star [ ]
- Skip Homeier as Sevrin
- Charles Napier as Adam
- Mary-Linda Rapelye as Irina
- James Doohan as Scott
- Walter Koenig as Chekov
- George Takei as Sulu
- Majel Barrett as Nurse Chapel
- Victor Brandt as Tongo Rad
- Elizabeth Rogers as Lt. Palmer
- Deborah Downey as Girl #1
- Phyllis Douglas as Girl #2
Uncredited co-stars [ ]
- William Blackburn as Hadley
- James Drake as Medical technician
- Frank da Vinci as Brent
- Roger Holloway as Lemli
- Female patient (archive footage)
- Frieda Rentie as Sciences crew woman 2 (archive footage)
- Gary Wright as Enterprise sciences crewman
- Command lieutenant 1
- Command lieutenant 2
- Crewman (archive footage)
- Engineering technician 1 (archive footage)
- Engineering technician 2
- Engineering technician 3
- Medical technician
- Operations crew woman 1
- Operations crew woman 2
- Operations crew woman 3
- Sciences crew woman 1
- Sciences crew woman 3
- Sciences technician 1
- Sciences technician 2
- Security guard 1
- Security guard 2
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External links [ ]
- "The Way to Eden" at StarTrek.com
- " The Way to Eden " at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
- " The Way to Eden " at Wikipedia
- " "The Way to Eden" " at MissionLogPodcast.com , a Roddenberry Star Trek podcast
- "The Way to Eden" original and remastered screencaps at TrekCore
- 2 Thy'lek Shran
- 3 The Survivors (episode)
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Space Hippies on Star Trek
A couple of days ago I went to see Into Darkness , the second movie in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek “reboot” series. I had read a couple of reviews of the movie (one lukewarm and the other positive) and I decided to see it before encountering any spoilers. Don’t worry, I won’t reveal any of the surprises here. All I’ll say is that the franchise is now in good hands, and if you’re at all into Trek it’s a must-see. There are references to the original series aplenty.
Into Darkness does not contain any references to one of my favorite episodes from the original Star Trek series, “The Way to Eden,” first broadcast Feb. 21, 1969. This is not a criticism–“The Way to Eden” is easily one of the goofiest Trek episodes. In this episode, which you can view for free at startrek.com , a group of space hippies is taken aboard the Enterprise, leading to all sorts of mayhem. As viewed through the lens of Star Trek , hippies were children of privilege who were manipulated by calculating predators. The space hippies aboard the Enterprise are led by the charismatic but insane Dr. Sevrin, who appears to be a cross between Timothy Leary and Charles Manson. Kirk would throw the lot of them in the brig except that one of their group is the son of a Federation ambassador. Their unruliness annoys Scotty but Spock “reaches” them–he even jams with them on his Vulcan lute. The hippies distract the Enterprise crew with their crazy music and take over the ship in order to get to the planet Eden (despite Kirk’s doubts that Eden even exists). The hippie hijackers manage to find Eden and navigate the Enterprise there, only to discover that the planet is uninhabitable. As Dr. McCoy explains, “all this plant life is full of acid, even the grass, Jim.”–one of the more overt drug references to come out of a 1960s television show.
“The Way to Eden” is notable for its unintentionally hilarious attempt to approximate music, fashion and language of the counterculture. Still, this episode had its moments. This episode introduced the term “Herbert,” which has made its way into the Urban Dictionary . After the space hippies repeatedly call Kirk “Herbert,” Spock explains that the term is, “somewhat uncomplimentary. Herbert was a minor official notorious for his rigid and limited patterns of thought.” But it’s the music that makes this episode so memorable. “The Way to Eden” has a lot of music in it–perhaps too much, as most of the music in this episode is a sort of generic TV approximation of West Coast psychedelia. An example of which is when Spock brings in his Vulcan lute to jam along with a space hippie who plays some sort of circular harp.
Having said that, one song from this episode is genuinely good. The song is not identified in the credits but this YouTube version gives it the title “Long Time Back.”
In his short story adaptation of this episode, James Blish included a footnote that read, “I much regret that I cannot reproduce the music which went with this script; it was of very high quality. The script I have does not name the composer.” According to Memory Alpha , the lyrics of the song were written by screenwriter Arthur Heinemann, and the music was written by the performers, Deborah Downey and Charles Napier. Interestingly, around this same time, Deborah Downey and Charles Napier appeared in a western called The Hanging of Jake Ellis (1969). In 2009 the A.V. Club asked Charles Napier about this role on Star Trek.
CN : I stood in line. I didn’t even have an agent. This was back in the hippie days. I stood in line with a bandana on. I could only play three chords on a guitar, which I bought down at Sears and Roebuck. When it came my turn after sweltering in the hot sun for three hours, I went in. For some reason, there were like eight people in the room. I jumped up on the coffee table, and the only song I knew was “The House Of The Rising Sun,” and before I could even get through with that they go, “Stop, stop! We want you, we want you!” And that has never, ever again happened in my life, and that was my first guest-starring role. AVC: You played kind of a space hippie. Was that— CN: Well, yeah. It’s what makes it so wacky. It’s because the writer was 65 years old. What did he know about hippies, right? And Shatner and all of them were upset about it, and of course I didn’t know any difference. I still get letters about that today. In fact, I just got one yesterday. Thirty years later, they wanted me to come back and do a Deep Space 9 and I just—not to be an a-hole about it—I just said, “Look, I don’t want to wear that silly shirt again. If you can write a role where I’m a general of an army base…” They wanted me to complete this 30-year span of Gene Roddenberry stuff, which I did. It’s okay. That was my ending of Star Trek. I still get a lot of mail from it.
The song that Deborah Downey and Charles Napier perform on “The Way to Eden” was covered under the title “ Golf Trek ” by Gaye Bykers On Acid on their 12″ EP Nosedive Karma (1987). The Gaye Bykers On Acid track includes samples of dialog from “The Way to Eden,” including the infamous drug reference uttered by Dr. McCoy as well as some space hippie slang delivered by Adam, memorably played by Charles Napier . The track is available on Bandcamp.
“The Way to Eden” was originally written by D.C. Fontana with a somewhat different focus. Her version carried the title “ Joanna “, Dr. McCoy’s estranged space hippie daughter who becomes romantically involved with Kirk. Instead, through extensive rewrites, this character became Irina Galliulin, a former love of Chekov’s. Had D.C. Fontana’s original story been maintained, this episode would have provided more backstory on Dr. McCoy, including his failed marriage, which was alluded to in J.J. Abrams’s first reboot movie, Star Trek (2009). The final version was so heavily rewritten by Arthur Heinemann she asked that the credits be changed to a pseudonym Michael Richards.
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Listen to the opening of Acid Rock genre classic “East West” by the Butterfield Blues Band (yes, it’s on YouTube) and then revisit Spock’s “Vulcan harp jam” on The Way to Eden. Right, that cool sound did arise by happy accident. To paraphrase Ringo Starr, if you’re going to copy, copy from the best.
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Star Trek: The Musical – The Most Memorable Song And Dance Moments
| October 4, 2020 | By: Neil Shurley And Laurie Ulster 22 comments so far
With all the talk about a possible Star Trek: Short Treks musical we thought we would have Laurie and Neil turn their gaze to the times Star Trek brought a little Broadway song and dance to the final frontier.
In musical theatre, a character only breaks into song when the ideas or feelings they’re trying to express become too much for words alone. And, at least since Oklahoma! set the standard, that song will have an actual job to do—typically either advance the plot or illuminate character.
On the rare occasions that Star Trek characters sing, the music often gives us new insights into the inner lives of our heroes. Other times they function more like the big, fun dance numbers that open the second act of musicals, basically existing to keep the audience engaged while they’re returning to their seats. And sometimes they’re simply a type of “ Chekhov’s gun ”—when space hippies show up in the first act, they have to sing a song about getting hassled by the man by the third act.
Here are some of our favorite Star Trek musical interludes, starting with the TV shows and then moving on to the movies.
Star Trek: The Original Series
“on the starship enterprise” from from “charlie x”.
The first Star Trek episode to air, “The Man Trap,” features an interlude in which Uhura tries to engage Spock in a little conversation.
UHURA: Why don’t you tell me I’m an attractive young lady, or ask me if I’ve ever been in love? Tell me how your planet Vulcan looks on a lazy evening when the moon is full. SPOCK: Vulcan has no moon, Miss Uhura. UHURA: I’m not surprised, Mister Spock.
The very next episode to air, “Charlie X,” builds on that moment as we visit Uhura and Rand in a rec room, chatting and playing cards while Spock quietly plays a tune on his Vulcan harp. Uhura starts singing along, loudly and wordlessly, much to the annoyance of Spock. But when Uhura apologizes, Spock grins devilishly and, almost tauntingly, begins playing a new tune. When Rand urges her on, Uhura stands and starts singing an impromptu song about Spock. Is it any wonder that the Kelvinverse producers envisioned Spock and Uhura as a couple?
When space orphan Charlie Evans interrupts the scene, Uhura turns her sights on him, coming up with a second verse that ends up making both Charlie and Rand uncomfortable, resulting in a demonstration of Charlie’s strange, otherworldly powers.
Although the “Charlie X” storyline was part of Gene Roddenberry’s original pitch to the network, D.C. Fontana ended up writing the actual episode. However, Roddenberry still had a hand in the final version: The script specified that Roddenberry himself would provide the lyrics. The tune comes from a Scottish folk song called “ Charlie is My Darling ” (did Uhura have a premonition that she’d be creating a verse specifically about Charlie Evans?). Here’s the traditional song —minus Vulcan lyre. – Neil
“I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” from “The Naked Time”
Lt. Kevin Riley launches his own musical comedy variety hour after being infected by an intoxicating alien virus in “The Naked Time.” Tapping into his Irish heritage, he rechristens himself Kevin O’Riley and hijacks the ship’s communications, ordering double portions of ice cream for all hands and singing—over and over and over again— “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.”
Let me just quote this section of the script, because it not only perfectly describes what we see and hear, it also serves as proof that actor Bruce Hyde absolutely nailed this performance. “Riley should not be one hundred percent accurate with his version of the lyrics… Later, often coming to the end, and for the sake of story accent, he pauses… shouts a lusty ‘One more time’… and begins again… and again… as often as is necessary. Additionally, he is no singer… should hold the pitch but not much more… should overdo the emotional passages and be none too accurate in matching the feelings of the lyric to his interpretation of it.”
It’s a memorable—and delightful—portion of a classic episode. Also, in college several friends and I would force each other to launch into the song at any random moment by shouting “One… more… time!” – Neil
“Beyond Antares” from “The Conscience of the King”
The script describes it as “a strange, soft, delicate love song borne in the depths of space,” and “Beyond Antares” lives up to that billing.
Sung to distract a lonely Kevin Riley who’s stuck by himself in engineering, “Beyond Antares” serves as another showcase for Uhura’s empathy as well as Nichelle Nichols’ lovely singing voice. But while it gives Riley some consolation, it also works a little too well as a distraction—a mysterious figure squirts poison into Riley’s meal. And I mean literally squirts with what is essentially a bottle of Windex. Not the most timeless of props.
Nichols later recorded a new version of the song (complete with disco-y backbeat) for her 1991 album, Out of This World . – Neil
“Hey Out There” from “The Way to Eden”
First off, Herbert, I don’t care what you think. I love this episode. Love it. And it’s chock full of musical moments. We won’t go over all of them here, though, just the main showstopper, “Hey Out There.”
Charles Napier performs (and co-wrote) the song as Adam, the most charismatic member of the space hippies. It’s the big number they play at a concert broadcast throughout the ship. The lyrics center on friendship and understanding and fun, boosting the view that the hippies are just a bunch of free-spirited flower children interested in nothing more than peace and love. Would you be surprised to learn they have a hidden agenda? No, you would not.
Just like the space hippies themselves, I’m not going to stop at just one number after all. I mean come on, this one’s a classic! I wonder if they still have Zippo lighters in the future…? – Neil
“Maiden Wine” from “Plato’s Stepchildren”
People may remember this episode as a silly one, replete with costumes and mostly about that famous kiss, but it gets pretty grim. It’s all about cruelty, using its Greek trappings as a backdrop to show what happens when absolute power corrupts, absolutely.
Parmen, the Platonian leader, has already used his telekinesis to push Spock to his emotional limits. So when Spock is forced into yet another performance, this time to serenade a captive Uhura and Chapel, we know the toll it’s taking on him. Plus he’s a lover of music and art, and now this most basic pleasure has been wrenched out of him and used as punishment for the amusement of the Platonians. It’s a compelling scene, but not, as you’d hope with a song from Spock, fun.
What IS fun is that Leonard Nimoy wrote Spock’s song himself. It’s called “Maiden Wine” (although I will always call it the “bitter dregs” song), and a much more produced version of it appeared on his 1969 album The Touch of Leonard Nimoy .
Also, way back when in the early ‘90s, I used to have a screen saver program installed on my PC that resulted in a tiny Spock walking back and forth across the bottom of my screen, occasionally singing, “Ah, ah… bitter dregs.” – Laurie
Star Trek: The Next Generation
“heart of oak” from “allegiance”.
The crew has already begun to suspect that something’s off with their captain, and when he pays a visit to Ten Forward (already an uncommon spot for him, unless he’s looking for Guinan), he confirms it. He orders “ales for everyone” and gets cheers (despite the fact that they can all have as many ales as they want for free), then implores them all to join him as he sings “Heart of Oak” (the official march of the UK’s Royal Navy). It’s the final giveaway that whoever the singing man is, he’s not Jean-Luc Picard.
Director Winrich Kolbe said that Stewart’s performance in “Allegiance” was the reason he likes the episode so much.
I remember talking to Patrick the first time he started playing the clone. I said, ‘I think I need more from you.’ He thought about it and then gave me more. As we rehearsed the scene, we looked at each other and knew he was giving me too much. So, we just pulled it back. Patrick is like Itzhak Perlman with a Stradivarius. You have to compare the Stradivarius to the Joe Schmuck violin. To the untrained eye, they’re no different. But they are different, very different. Patrick played the good guy and the bad guy so close at times, but it was different and it was right.
Stewart, of course, nailed it: Joe Schmuck, he ain’t. – Laurie
“Frère Jacques” from “Disaster”
This episode has all the elements of a good disaster movie: It separates our characters into unlikely groups and challenges them in new ways. For Picard, that means he’s spending his disaster-time with a bunch of kids, who need his leadership to be comforting and parental, a challenge for someone who has never been comfortable around children. To save their lives, he has to keep their spirits up—and he’s not used to leading a crew who breaks into tears under pressure. When they have a long trek up the turbolift shaft ahead, he rises to the occasion and tells them all they need is a climbing song. I kind of wanted to hear Marissa’s suggestion, “The Laughing Vulcan and His Dog,” but what we got was just fine: a rousing rendition of “Frère Jacques.” It’s a song from Picard’s childhood, which helps forge his connection to these three scared kids.
The song is an important one to Picard; it came up in “The Inner Light” as the first song he learned to play on his Ressikan flute, and he played it with Nella Daren in “Lessons.” – Laurie
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
“jerusalem” from “explorers”.
Deep Space Nine viewers love the bromance between Bashir and O’Brien, but it was a long time coming; O’Brien couldn’t stand Bashir at first. But by season 3, they’d been through enough together to have become true friends, so when Julian was upset about being snubbed by a former rival, O’Brien was there for him, with some real, comes-in-a-bottle-and-not-from-a-replicator alcohol. (“This isn’t a synth ale kind of night,” Bashir says.)
We find them in O’Brien’s quarters singing “Jerusalem” together, shamelessly loud, shamelessly intoxicated, bonding over the song before they have an honest (but drunken) conversation about their friendship and then go back to singing again. It’s a sweet, silly bonding moment between two men who used to have trouble being in the same room together.
Producers asked Colm Meaney and Alexander Siddig what song they wanted to sing, but couldn’t afford their choices: “Louie, Louie” or “Rocket Man.” They ended up with “Jerusalem,” which Siddig said “was very familiar to both of us. It’s like an anthem in England, and something that drunk people might very well sing.” – Laurie
Star Trek: Voyager
“falor’s journey” from “innocence”.
This whole episode was a way to explore a previously uncharted aspect of Tuvok’s personality: his role as a father. When the USS Voyager got stranded in the Delta Quadrant, Tuvok was separated from his four children and we never got to see the parental side of him until “Innocence,” when he found himself stranded on a planet with four alien and very frightened children.
Writer Lisa Klink took advantage of the fact that Tim Russ could sing, and created a lullaby for him to soothe the children with. She worked with a composer to come up with something “suitably somber” to be a Vulcan lullaby, which she felt should have a lesson in it. (It’s only logical.) Tuvok tells the kids, “It is a tale of enlightenment consisting of 348 verses. It may not be necessary to include the complete narrative.” It wasn’t, and the song the did the job… and viewers understood the gentle, caring, paternal side of Tuvok for the first time.
And Klink received a little bonus from it: She got into ASCAP for writing the song, and gets “minuscule” royalties whenever the episode re-airs. – Laurie
“You Are My Sunshine” from “Someone to Watch Over Me” — Seven and The Doctor, part 1
One particularly entertaining storyline on Voyager was the relationship between The Doctor and Seven. The holographic doctor took on the task of teaching the former Borg drone how to become more human. So this song, which introduces a whole new side of Seven of Nine, begins with a lot of highly entertaining Seven/Doctor banter. And when she finally sings, we’re as surprised and delighted as the Doctor is. Borg drones don’t sing, nor does it seem likely that they’d enjoy it, so this musical moment reveals that her journey back towards humanity is well underway. “Music does have intriguing mathematical properties,” my ass.
Jeri Ryan and Robert Picardo recreated the duet in 2015 at Fan Expo in Toronto ; here’s the original. The song itself begins at 1:47, but the banter before it is too good to skip. – Laurie
“Oh, My Darling Clementine” from “Equinox, Part II” — Seven and The Doctor, part 2
Dark times for Voyager . They encounter another stranded Starfleet ship, the Equinox, but discover that Captain Ransom and his crew have violated Starfleet principles, murdering alien beings to use them as fuel. Their moral compass has shifted so severely that they’ve lost all conscience about their choices, until Captain Ransom—who was, we know, only looking for the fastest, safest way home for his crew—comes face-to-face with the dark consequences of his choices in sickbay after the Equinox kidnaps both Seven and The Doctor.
The Doctor’s ethical subroutines have been removed, freeing him to gleefully tamper with Seven’s cortical array (which will damage her higher brain functions). Ransom finds the newly sadistic Doctor enjoying his work far too much as he and a fully under-his-control Seven duet on the “old chestnut” known as “Oh My Darling Clementine.” And it’s this moment when Ransom’s conscience finally awakens.
It’s a disturbing scene, made all the more creepy by the fact that we know The Doctor and Seven enjoy singing together as friends; now it’s nothing but cold manipulation. At the end of the episode, when The Doctor is ashamed of what he was forced to do, Seven reassures him by telling him was off-key… in other words, promising him that they will sing together again, and reassuring him that their friendship is unaffected. – Laurie
Star Trek: Discovery
“space oddity” from “an obol for charon”.
The song, a David Bowie classic sung by Tilly and Stamets, went by oh-so briefly but was the touchstone of an intense, emotional, and surprisingly intimate scene.
Stamets had to give a terrified Tilly a cortical implant, but they were locked in his lab with no anesthetic and no real medical instruments… and he was going to have to use an actual drill. He approaches her with a gentleness we hadn’t seen in him often, and before he gets too close, he stops to ask what her favorite song is. She’s startled (and successfully distracted from the looming drill for a moment). She sings “Space Oddity” with quiet trepidation, and he joins in with soothing reassurance. It speaks volumes about their relationship, which has already spent a season and change building to the level of trust they now have in each other. And then the drill hits, and we know that without their musical moment together, she wouldn’t have been able to stand it. (Although you have to suspect that that might not be her favorite song anymore for a while.)
Side note: The cast loves this song; they sang it in their “ Carpool Karaoke ” episode. And they’re following a tradition: William Shatner also “sang” it (really spoke it) on his 2011 album Seeking Major Tom . – Laurie
Star Trek: Short Treks
“‘s wonderful” from “calypso”.
In this eloquent, moody Short Treks episode, a man named Craft finds himself aboard an abandoned USS Discovery, sharing space with the ship’s AI, who calls herself Zora (voiced by Annabelle Wallis, Chris Pine’s girlfriend). After she has healed, clothed, fed, and cared for him for some indefinite period of time, she reveals her romantic nature by showing him her favorite movie, Funny Face , starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.
And for someone like me who loves Funny Face and the musicals of its era, being able to see it projected onto the bridge of the Discovery makes the scene in the movie even more magical, as well as timeless; here it is, centuries later, just as beautiful and just as able to affect its audience… and that’s when Zora starts humming along. When Craft teaches himself Astaire’s moves and replicates his wardrobe so he can dance with Zora, it’s poetry.
Co-writer Michael Chabon said he wanted it to be something real, which would tell the audience that the story takes place in our universe, where that movie exists, but also in a romantic world that has its own fiction. He said, “Simply by making that implied assertion, I think that there is something powerful in that area. It reminds you: ‘Look, this is still all possible. We can still go into the future. It will be our world, just like the world we’re living in now.’” – Laurie
“I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” from “Q&A”
Michael Chabon wrote “Q&A” to patch what he thought of as a hole in continuity: How did Spock go from broadly smiling at a “singing” plant in “The Cage” to being the glacial, emotionless presence we all now associate with the character?
In this Short Treks episode, it’s Spock’s first day on the Enterprise and he winds up trapped in a turbolift with Number One. He peppers her with questions about Captain Pike, the philosophy of Starfleet, and her own personal preferences, ultimately leading to this exchange:
NUMBER ONE: If you want to command, you’re gonna have to learn to keep your freaky to yourself. Even if that’s painful. SPOCK: I have been doing that all my life.
Spock then asks—without actually asking—what Number One’s freaky is. And she demonstrates by letting loose a full-throated rendition of the iconic Gilbert & Sullivan song, “I Am The Very Model of A Modern Major General.” The pair end up bonding over large—and somewhat embarrassing—smiles.
Writer Chabon landed on this moment after inquiring into what special skills actress Rebecca Romijn possessed. She listed badminton, skill at foreign languages, and the fact that she was a trained Gilbert & Sullivan singer. Bingo.
Of course the song “Modern Major General” also appears in the TNG episode “Disaster,” when Beverly Crusher convinces Geordi to give singing a try, and Geordi finally relents by spitting out the first couple of lines. – Neil
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
“the moon’s a window to heaven”.
The authors are aware that this song exists.
Star Trek: Insurrection
“a british tar”.
What do you do when your best android pal goes rogue? Why bring him back online with a song, of course.
Screenwriter Michael Piller originally wanted Picard to use quotes from King Lear as a way of tapping into Data’s deeper memories. But Patrick Stewart vetoed that idea. In Fade In , his book about the writing of Insurrection , Piller quotes Stewart as feeling that the Lear quotes would be meaningless to most of the audience. Piller’s intention was to hearken back to “Defector,” a third season TNG episode in which Picard directs Data in a scene from Henry V . Piller also thought that King Lear’s madness would provide a metaphor for Data’s erratic behavior.
“Losing Shakespeare didn’t really bother me,” Piller writes. “But I felt we needed something like it. I argued that Picard would try every trick to safely capture Data before ever firing a weapon that might harm him. Patrick suggested, ‘Well, couldn’t I tell him some jokes that we both know or perhaps sing something from Gilbert and Sullivan?’ And a new sequence was born.”
Ah, the power of musical theatre. – Neil
Star Trek: Nemesis
The song was presented as a gift.
“Given Commander Riker’s affection for archaic musical forms,” Data says at the wedding of Riker and Troi, “I have elected to present the following as my gift, in honor of…their conjugation.”
And so Data launches into the Irving Berlin number “Blue Skies.”
Over the course of the film, Data and Picard each wrestle with “clones” of themselves – Picard with his “mirror” image, Shinzon, and Data with his ‘brother” B-4. But they reach the conclusion that even if they share the same genetic structure—or neural pathways—they remain individuals. After Data’s sacrifice, the film ends on a note of optimism as B-4—who will never be half the “man” Data was—begins singing “Blue Skies,” showing us that maybe a piece of Data has somehow survived.
Flash forward 18 years and the opening frames of Star Trek: Picard . Do they begin with Alexander Courage’s famous TOS fanfare or Jerry Goldsmith’s soaring TMP/TNG march? No. The show opens with the soothing voice of Bing Crosby singing “Blue Skies.”
Picard now sees his old friend Data in dreams. After all, as Dr. McCoy once said, a friend is not really dead as long as we remember him.
Over the course of the season, Picard undergoes some tremendous changes. And in the season’s final scenes, as he begins his own new journey, Picard finally says a definitive goodbye to his friend.
Data always wanted to be part of the human family. As we hear Soji—who is, in a way, Data’s daughter—singing that old, familiar song, it might just be that Data finally succeeds.
Blue days, all of them gone. Nothing but blue skies from now on. – Neil
What has you singing?
Are any of these your favorites? Do you have more that we didn’t include? (We know there are… how about Lore singing “Abdul Abulbul Amir”? Rutherford’s rotating song on Lower Decks ? “Row Row Row Your Boat” in Star Trek V ?)
Tell us in the comments. And sing along, if you please.
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I think the best one that’s missing from here is The Minstrel Boy from The Wounded.
Just came by to say what the good legate said.
Great collection of good songs and memories. Enjoyed very much watching these clips all together at once. =)
Missed out on Uhura singing in THE CHANGELING before Nomad brainwipes that ‘mass of conflicting impulses.’ And TFF too, for that matter, even if they dubbed over her.
My fave is from a TREK comic book, when the gang is hanging out on their Bird of Prey and she sings the words to the theme to Star Trek. So wished they had stayed renegade in the movies.
Think about music !
In college I had a Star Trek friend who moved away. I had introduced The Way to Eden episode to her before. After she moved my brothers and I recreated every number from Eden (even Crack My Knuckles) and sent it to her as a mix tape. Bitter Dregs was our encore bonus track. I thought it came out pretty well. I still have it 30 yrs later.
This is my new favorite story.
“The authors are aware that this song exists.”
“I’ve always wanted to play to a captive audience.”
No DS9 with “It’s Only A Paper Moon”? Or VOY’s “Virtuoso”?
And I love this episode too.
Star Trek The musical
The genetically modified quartet musical sequence from “Chrysalis” is one of my favourites.
Personally, the song that Lore sings in “Brothers” as he’s beaming away always haunted me.
The very best in Trek musical performances — by far — are the DS9 Vic Fontaine holosuite numbers — peaking with Vic’s duet with Sisko (who has a wonderful voice) singing The Best Is Yet To Come. The very best.
DS9 – Chrysalis and Vic Fontaine anything, and Voyager with The Doctor and opera – definitely need to include.
You are my sunshine—- such a heart wrenching scene from a lovely episode. The full lyrics are pretty tear-jerky as well. Funny that it’s thought of as a cheerful song.
Totally forgot Robert Picardo has a great voice, and Jery Ryan….what a lovely voice!
How do you not include The Sisko and Vic singing, “The Best is Yet to Come”? Brooks is one of the best singers among regular cast members of all the shows.
You can also include The Doctor’s version of La Donna E Mobile from VOY Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy, especially the Tuvok lyrics! Hilarious!
‘the best is yet to come…..’
No love for the copyright challlenged “Goodnight Sweetheart” from THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER?
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Recap / Star Trek S3 E20 "The Way to Eden"
Original air date: February 21, 1969
Kirk and the Enterprise are in hot pursuit of the stolen spaceship Aurora . The Aurora isn't giving up easily and leads them on a high speed chase. The cruiser's engines become strained from the chase and the whole thing goes ka-blooey! Fortunately (or not), Scotty manages to beam aboard the six miscreants before the cruiser explodes.
The six spaceship jackers are a group of young idealists in search of the mythical planet Eden and led by the brilliant but insane engineer Dr. Sevrin. Among them are Tongo Rad, the son of a Catullan ambassador ( which prevents Kirk from simply throwing them all in the brig ), Adam ( Charles Napier ), who mostly sings Protest Songs , and Irina Galliulin , a New Old Flame of Chekov's.
Kirk wants to bring this group to the nearest starbase, but of course they have other ideas. They've come up with a Zany Scheme involving pressure points, ultrasonic sound waves, the Galileo , and a musical hubcap.
The Way to Tropes:
- Actual Pacifist : Tongo Rad and Irinia briefly balk at Sevrin's plan to use sound waves to knock out everyone but them, noting that ultrasonics have the potential to cause harm, but he assures them he'll be careful.
- Alien Food Is Edible : It's really, really not. The "apples" are so acidic that a single bite can kill.
- All Planets Are Earthlike : A planet that was technically habitable (right sunlight and air quality), but all the flora excreted a deadly acid, and the fruit was lethal.
- Bald of Evil : Dr. Sevrin.
- Belief Makes You Stupid : The hippies' belief that Planet Eden existed and that it was a perfect place leads to Adam and Sevrin's death by alien fruit and painful injuries for the others.
- Beware the Silly Ones : Sevrin and his followers go from being a nuisance singing nonsense music to knocking out everyone on the ship and taking control. Kirk should've really had a talk with security after this fiasco.
- Contemplate Our Navels : The space hippies are into the philosophy of "One", from which all is derived, and seek to return to the beginning. You reach?
- Culture Clash : Starfleet may only be Mildly Military , but still military enough to seriously clash with the way of life and the attitudes of the space hippies. Ironically, Spock of all people is the crew member who has the least problems dealing with them. Adam, in particular really takes a liking to Spock.
- Deconstruction : A rather anvilicious one, of idealistic societies framed outside accepted social norms. A blatant Take That! at hippies.
- Didn't Think This Through : Picking the first vaguely Earthlike planet you stumble across to settle and going down with no supplies or equipment whatsoever, then going barefoot and eating random plants? Bad idea, it turns out.
- Dramatic Irony / Foreshadowing : One of Adam's songs, early in the episode, proclaims proudly that he is "gonna live, not die". In the one he sings just as the group prepare to land on "Eden", he declares that he will "eat all the fruit and throw away the rind". After arriving, he does indeed eat a fruit... and he dies, he doesn't live.
- Driven to Suicide : Dr. Sevrin had to have known the fruit was poisonous, but he was so distraught that he indirectly caused one of his followers' death he just didn't care.
- Evil Luddite : Dr. Sevrin. And wouldn't you know it? He's a carrier for a disease that makes it dangerous for him to visit any world that isn't sufficiently scientifically advanced.
- False Utopia : Eden, as the plants turn out to be acidic, and the fruit is poisonous.
- Flowers of Nature : You can't have hippies without them! Irina wears violets in her hair. Sevrin has a daisy painted on his bald head. Body artist George Barr did body painting for all the hippies.
- And if you don't like it, you're a total Herbert!
- That Vulcan instrument in Spock's quarters is real now!
- Good Is Old-Fashioned : Sevrin believes this.
- Gotta Get Your Head Together : Dr. Sevrin uses ultrasonics to stun the Enterprise crew. Even The Spock can't bear the pain and Kirk mimes turning his head into a Large Ham sandwich.
- The one Red Shirt assigned to watch Sevrin gets too caught up in listening to music to do his job. Meanwhile, nobody else is bothering to keep an eye on the other hippies.
- "Eden" turns out to be located in Romulan space, which naturally worries the hell out of Kirk after Sevrin and company take over; before beaming down, he tells Scotty to try and explain the situation if they show up * because that would clearly go SPECTACULARLY well — "Sorry, laddies, it wasn't our fault; our ship was hijacked by hippies!" . Somehow, though, the Romulans — who usually show up to surround the Enterprise the moment they stray into the Neutral Zone, and who would probably love to get their hands on Kirk after " The Enterprise Incident " — never show up. Presumably, everyone at the border monitoring stations was on break that day or something.
- Irina and Tongo Rad, both who used to be Star Fleet students, express concerns over Sevrin setting the speakers on a certain frequency, remembering their studies on high ultrasonic frequencies being fatal to humanoid life forms. They shrug off their concerns in favor of reaching “Eden”.
- Ignored Expert : Spock tells the hippies (who've stolen a shuttlecraft) that Sevrin is both dangerously ill and insane, even telling to them to look up Starfleet's files on him. Unfortunately, by this point no one's listening.
- Literary Allusion Title : Gene Roddenberry may have been a proud atheist (if not antitheist), but he was fond of alluding to themes from The Bible .
- Make Some Noise : Sevrin uses an ultrasonic tone to knock out everyone on the Enterprise so the hippies can make their getaway.
- Meaningful Name : The Space Hippie who ate the deadly fruit was named Adam. Also, the name "Irina" means "Peaceful". Good name for a hippie chick.
- My God, What Have I Done? : It’s implied by Sevrin’s expression that he realized he led his group to a dangerous and uninhabitable planet that resulted in the death of one in their group.
- New-Age Retro Hippie : Well, hippies weren't retro when the episode first aired!
- New Old Flame : Irina, one of the hippies, is an old girlfriend of Chekov's, whom he's never mentioned before and will never mention again.
- Out-of-Character Moment : Chekov's character (which in the original story, was meant to have been Kirk's character) is portrayed in this episode as a rigid, rule-quoting straight arrow, in contrast to the writers' initial concept of the character as a younger, less authoritarian character who might appeal to teenage viewers. Walter Koenig has called the episode "badly written" partly because of this. He also called this episode the low point of his character's tenure on the show.
- Pressure Point : Spock isn't the only one who can neck pinch! Tongo Rad used his knowledge of human anatomy to knock out an Enterprise crewman by squeezing the nerve pressure point at the back of the jaw, just under the earlobe ( Truth in Television , though it causes great pain and delayed unconsciousness rather than instant).
- Protest Song : Adam's raison d'etre, and he plays a bunch of them on an odd-looking guitar-stick thingy.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits : The Space Hippies see themselves as this. Spock sympathizes with their feeling of not being able to fit in, and is much more tolerant of them than Kirk is, which is why they take an immediate shine to Spock and immediately distrust and dislike Kirk. Spock : Miss Galliulin... it is my sincere wish that you do not give up your search for Eden. I have no doubt but that you will find it, or make it yourselves.
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- Rhymes on a Dime : That Adam's a real character. Adam: Gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy; I got a clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy!
- Secretly Selfish : Sevrin is the carrier for a deadly disease which endangers the lives of those around him unless he's in a controlled environment, which he refuses because he hates technology. He hasn't told his fellow hippies, with whom he travels in close quarters with and hangs out about this little problem. His search for Eden is also implied to be more motivated by his desire to get away from technology than the "return to the beginning" the others seek.
- Some Kind of Force Field : Protects the door to the isolation cell that holds Dr. Sevrin.
- Soundtrack Dissonance : In an especially eerie moment, once Dr. Sevrin and the hippies have control of the ship and have knocked everyone else out, Adam plays one of his upbeat little folk songs... as we pan across all the unconscious crew members.
- They re-use the footage of Nurse Chapel being knocked out from " Spock's Brain " at the beginning of the season. That's why the lights go out in that shot whereas they don't anywhere else in the scene.
- A brief shot of the surface of Eden is reused footage of the lakeside from " Shore Leave ". A shot of the surface of Gamma Trianguli VI from " The Apple " is also recycled and used in the same scene.
- Strange Salute : The Space Hippies greet people by making an oval with their fingers; the future equivalent of the peace hand sign of the 60s. The oval is also seen in the ceramic egg-shaped pins they each wear. The egg represents their philosophy of "One," which Spock understands, as these people "seek the beginning".
- Subculture of the Week : Hippies IN SPACE!
- Want to live in an ideal society outside the established norm, hippies? Too bad, it will turn out to be a dystopia all along.
- The insult "Herbert" was apparently aimed at a real-life person, but it's still unknown exactly who. The most common theory is that the show's former production executive, Herbert F. Solow was the target, though others have suggested it was Herbert Hoover .
- Temporary Substitute : Uhura doesn't appear in this episode, her duties assumed by Lt. Palmer, played by Elizabeth Rogers.
- That Reminds Me of a Song : We spend quite a lot of time with Adam singing his songs.
- Too Dumb to Live : "Well, here I am on an unexplored planet! What will I do first? I know! I'll eat this fruit about which I know absolutely nothing!" Especially since the fruit tree is so far from the shuttlecraft that Adam must have been able to see and hear the others getting their feet burned by the grass.
- Tractor Beam : The Enterprise tries to take the stolen ship in tow with a tractor beam.
- Typhoid Mary : Dr. Sevrin, carrier of the Synthecoccus novae virus who was crazy more than he was malicious. While the episode had no reported infections, having to isolate him to ensure that did really tick off his followers.
- Utopia Justifies the Means : Reaching Eden justifies killing everybody on the Enterprise .
- Well-Intentioned Extremist : Dr. Sevrin and company see themselves as such.
- You Fool! : Kirk shouts this as Sevrin takes a bite out of the poisoned fruit. (Incidentally, the image of him yelling this is obviously flipped. His insignia is on his right instead of his left.)
- You're Insane! : A line that's blunt even for Spock. Spock (to Kirk): Dr. Sevrin is... insane.
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Star Trek: The Way to Eden
A little programming note: Ben P. Duck and I both had a lot to do this fall, and the last few Star Trek reviews had to wait. But they're now done, and all of them will go up before the new year.
Watching this episode as a 10 year old boy in 1970 I always thought there was something profound about this episode that I was missing as just a kid. Looking back on it now I realized that nope, I wasn't missing a think. This was a stinker, even worse than "Spock's Brain" which I always considered the worst!
OK, it's tidbit time - the original story, if not the first draft, came from the pen/typewriter of D.C. Fontana herself, although she wound up putting her pen name ("Michael Richards" on it). And the Irina character was originally supposed to be Dr. McCoy's daughter Joanna; indeed, the working title of the episode was "Joanna". Kirk was supposed to get into a, um, relationship with her too, which would have caused great consternation to the good Doctor. Unfortunately, Fred Freiberger, the 3rd season producer, felt that McCoy was too close to Kirk's age to have an adult daughter. Skip Homeier (who played Sevrin) also played Melancon in the Nazi episode. He should have fired his agent for putting him into two of the worst TOS episodes of all. I reach, brother. ;)
It's amusing, in hindsight, to compare books and notes too - back in the 1970's, when "Star Trek Lives" came out, Nimoy basically ruined what reputation Freiberger had, placing the blame for the third season woes squarely on ol' Fred's shoulders. Twenty years later, Shatner's "Star Trek Memories" features an interview with Freiberger and Bill had some laudatory things to say about ol' Fred. Then came the Justman/Solow "Inside Star Trek", which explains the disparity of opinions - Bill and Leonard were feuding, as was so often the case, over who the star of the show was. Freiberger eventually forced the issue by calling a meeting between the three of them and Roddenberry, and Gene was forced to state that Bill Shatner was the star of the show. Nimoy never forgave Freiberger for that, and that explains his comments in "Star Trek Lives".
I genuinely didn't mind it. It is the only ep I am sure I have never seen before and I think it had plenty going for it (apart from the ears that looked like giant genital warts, the songs, the costumes, and the overtones of the Manson Family Meets The Brady Family Singers). I didn't even mind being hit over the head with biblical references and I adored Spock's open mind. What a champion!
tinkapuss, I am so loving your comments. Genital warts. Lol.
I enjoyed this episode, the jam session and music was cool. they worked with what they had in those days. I think that I watched the original episodes on TV, or first reruns on CBS. It was on 6PM sunday nights along with Lawrence Welk, 'world of Disney', and 'How Come?' kids science tv show. cheers
The part that has stuck in my mind the most over all these years was them finding out that despite how lovely their Eden looked, the vegetation was deadly. Not a fan of this one overall, (and Tinkapuss's genital wart ear comment made me lol), but as you both point out, Billie and Ben, it once again had sound ideas to build on, but they made a mess out of that foundation. We will always have folks that want to get away from our reliance on technology, and the more advanced the technology, the more stark the differences will be, so having the Star Trek level of scientific progress means those wanting to have a simple life (at least how they define it), will come off even more regressive than today!
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