The Paradise Syndrome

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"The Paradise Syndrome"
Star Trek: The Original Series episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 3
Directed by Jud Taylor
Written by Margaret Armen
Featured music Gerald Fried
Cinematography by Jerry Finnerman
Production code 058
Original air date October 4, 1968 (1968-10-04)
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"The Paradise Syndrome" is a third season episode of the American science fiction television series, Star Trek, and was broadcast October 4, 1968. It is episode #58, production #58, written by Margaret Armen and directed by Jud Taylor.

In the episode, an alien device on a primitive planet erases Captain Kirk's memory, and he begins a new life with the planet's indigenous people modeled on Native American Indians.


On stardate 4842.6, the Federation starship USS Enterprise arrives at an earthlike planet, from which they are to deflect an approaching asteroid. With some time to spare, Captain James T. Kirk, First Officer Spock and Chief Medical Officer Dr. McCoy transport to the surface for a brief survey. They find an obelisk with strange markings as well as humanoids resembling members of various North American Native tribes. Standing on the base of obelisk, Kirk signals the Enterprise, but a trap door opens and Kirk falls through it. Spock and McCoy, unable to locate Kirk, are forced to return to the Enterprise to carry out their mission.

Kirk awakens with amnesia, and finds his way out the obelisk. A pair of women including Miramee, the tribal priestess, seeing Kirk emerge from their "temple", hail him as a god, and take him back to their village, the tribal elders demand proof of Kirk's divinity. At that moment, a drowned boy is brought in. Salish, the medicine chief, declares the child dead, but Kirk uses mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive him, the elders accept Kirk as a god, forcing Salish to give up his position. Kirk, when asked his name, can recall it only as "Kirok".

Captain Kirk, with Miramanee

Meanwhile, the Enterprise crew arrive at the asteroid and make numerous attempts to change its course or destroy it, but succeed only in damaging the ship's warp engines. Spock orders the ship back to the planet, now two months away on impulse power, during this time, Kirk adapts to his new life, though haunted by vague memories of the Enterprise. Kirk and Miramanee, as medicine chief and priestess, are married in accordance with tradition, and Salish's jealousy grows. When Salish cuts Kirk with a knife and sees blood, he is convinced that Kirk is no god, some weeks later, Miramanee announces that she is pregnant with Kirk's child.

As the Enterprise nears the planet, Spock, having deciphered the markings on the obelisk, discovers that it is an asteroid deflector built by the Preservers, an ancient race that has resettled various endangered humanoid populations on other planets in order to ensure their survival. Spock surmises that the obelisk has malfunctioned, and that they must repair it in the short time that remains.

As the asteroid nears the planet, the sky begins to darken and strong winds sweep the surface, and the elders tell Kirk he must go into the temple to stop the storm. Kirk cannot recall how to get inside, and Salish steps forward, declaring Kirk to be a false god, and turning the rest of the tribe against him, they begin to stone him, and Miramanee intervenes, only to be wounded herself. Suddenly, Spock and McCoy materialize, frightening the villagers away. Finding that Kirk does not recognize them, Spock uses a mind meld to reach Kirk's mind, while McCoy tends to Miramanee's wounds. Kirk regains his memories and Spock quickly alerts him to the situation. Acting on Spock's information, Kirk uses his communicator again, opening the trap door. Kirk and Spock enter and succeed in repairing the deflector with minutes to spare.

Later, in Kirk and Miramanee's lodge, McCoy tells Kirk that she will not survive. Kirk holds Miramanee in his arms as she dies.

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