3x03 The Paradise Syndrome
First Aired: Oct. 04, 1968 on NBC
The Enterprise is sent to deflect the path of an asteroid that is on a collision course with an M-Class planet.
They reach there with enough time to go down to the planet's surface and explore it.
Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down and find the planet is much like Earth. It is…
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Miramanee: The sooner our happiness together begins, the longer it will last.
Goro: Our skies have darkened three times since the harvest. The last time worst of all. Our legend predicts such danger, and promises that the Wise Ones who planted us here will send a god to save us, one who can rouse the temple spirit and make the sky grow quiet. Can you do this?
Scott: [as Spock overtaxes the ship's engines] That Vulcan won't be satisfied till these panels are a puddle of lead!
- Goof (continuity error): Nurse Chapel beams down from the Enterprise (with presumably calm air) into a wind storm; however, the image makes it look like a similar storm is occurring in the Enterprise transporter room.
- Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Salish confronts Kirk/Kirok on his wedding day, he says Kirok's name without moving his lips.
- Goof (plot holes): When debating on whether to return to the ship or search for Kirk, McCoy exclaims that the asteroid won't reach the planet for two months; however, later in the same conversation, Spock uses two rocks to show the position of the planet and the changing position of the asteroid. If the speed of Spock's "example" is correct, the asteroid will hit the planet in mere minutes, not months.
- Goof (revealing mistake): The lower part of the sideburns on Kirk are obviously fake.
- Goof (plot holes): Given the urgency of heading off the asteroid, what was Kirk & co. doing on the planet surface at the start of the story? This seems an unnecessary waste of precious time - their ability to confirm the presence of human life from orbit, via ship's sensors, had long since been established.
- Paradise Syndrome - though not officially recognized as a mental condition by psychologists - is a term conferred upon those who feel dissatisfied despite having achieved all their dreams. (Here it is used merely to describe someone who is overworked and needing a break - whether ostensibly Captain Kirk or obliquely series creator Gene Roddenberry.)