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The Paradise Syndrome, TOS 3

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Thursday, December 14th, 2006



I know I should rate this episode lower, but I just can’t. I know I should hate an episode which balances on the unlikely premise that the magic code that opens the secret door just happens to be the same phonetic sounds one would make if one were saying “Enterprise – this is Kirk!” Yes – that is a farce, but. . .but. . .let’s look at the good elements of this episode. For starters: I Am Kirok!! Kirk gets a bump on his head and lets himself get talked into believing he is a Native American God! And then he falls in love and even impregnates a woman. (She dies and the child dies in utero, so we don’t have to worry about them monkeying about in next week’s episode — have no fear!) I distinctly remember seeing this episode as a kid, but falling asleep midway. So I never knew how Kirk was going to get off that planet before the killer asteroid did. Little did I know the writers had no idea either.


  1. [...] In addition to the very lofty title there are some interesting themes buzzing about this otherwise workmanlike episode of Trek. For one, we meet a generation ship in the Heinlein model. This is a variation of a sci-fi trope (a ship traveling at such great distances it will take multiple generations to get there) wherein the true nature of the occupants’ reality is either lost or purposely kept from “middle” generations. Add to this: a computer glitch has this “ship” off course (cribbing a bit from The Paradise Syndrome) and, potentially, destroying a Federation planet. Still more plot: McCoy has a terminal disease and he’s in love with one of these travelling space babes who knows not the true Truman Show-esque situation he’s in. And he’s willing to bag it all to stay with her (in an odd reverse-breach of the Prime Directive.) In a word: woah. Well, things tie up neatly at the end (it involves Spock doing some speed-reading) and despite the (ahem) hollow feeling this causes I still give this episode the thumbs up for digging deep into the ol’ bag of tricks. [...]

    Pingback by Jordan Hoffman Dot Com » For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky — January 2, 2007 @ 12:26 am

  2. Kirok, sounds like a Flintstones type of name. Like Spockstone or McCrumble.

    Comment by Sven Golly — May 24, 2012 @ 9:11 am

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