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The Way To Eden
Production Number 75
Air Date (US) 1969-02-21
Season 3
DVD Disc No. 5
Watch Episode Trailer (.mov QuickTime format - 2.472 MB)  
William Shatner as James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy as Spock
DeForest Kelley as Leonard H. McCoy
James Doohan as Montgomery Scott
Walter Koenig as Pavel Andreievich Chekov
George Takei as Hikaru Sulu

Guest Cast:
Skip Homeier as Dr. Sevrin
Mary-Linda Rapelye as Irini Galliulin
Victor Brandt as Tongo Rad
Charles Napier as Adam
Deborah Downey as Mavig
Elizabeth Rogers as Lt. Palmer

Creative Staff:
Director: David Alexander
Teleplay By: Arthur Heinemann
Story By: Michael Richards and Arthur Heinemann
Chasing the stolen vessel Aurora, the U.S.S. Enterprise rescues the thieves just before the Aurora is destroyed. The group is led by Dr. Sevrin in a search for a mythological planet named Eden, a planet reputed to be a paradise.
Since one of Sevrin's group is the son of a Federation ambassador, Sevrin is held in protective custody while his followers are permitted to be free aboard ship. But when Spock is able to deduce Eden's location, Sevrin's followers free Sevrin and take over the starship.

Reaching Eden, Sevrin takes his people down to the surface in a shuttlecraft. When Kirk leads a landing party in pursuit, they find that the planet's vegetation all secretes deadly acid, and the fruits are all poisonous. Madly refusing to believe Kirk, Sevrin bites a piece of fruit and dies immediately. With his death, his followers are taken back aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Skip Homeier (Dr. Sevrin) previously appeared as Melakon in the "Patterns of Force" episode. When Dr. Sevrin flees Kirk and runs toward the tree, we see two backward close-ups of Kirk (his Starfleet insignia is clearly on the wrong side)! Chekov's ex-girlfriend (Irena [Irini?] Galliulin) is seen in this episode. The craft Aurora may be recognised as the Tholian "spider ship" from The Tholian Web.




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