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.


Stardate 4842.6, Captain James T. Kirk, First Officer Spock and Chief Medical Officer Dr. McCoy transport to the surface of a beautiful, peaceful and earth-like planet, which they will save by deflecting an approaching, giant asteroid. They find an advanced obelisk with strange markings, and observe a tribe resembling North American Native tribes. Kirk yearns for such a blissful life himself, free from his leadership duties, he then falls through a trap door into the obelisk, and inside a beam shocks him into unconsciousness. Spock and McCoy can't locate Kirk, and while McCoy is concerned about leaving him, they are forced to return to theFederation starship USS Enterprise in order to make it to the asteroid to deflect in time.

Kirk awakens with amnesia, and a pair of women, including Miramanee, the tribal priestess, see Kirk emerge from their "temple." He is hailed as a god, and taken back to their village, where 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 bitterly relinquish his position to Kirk.

Captain Kirk, with Miramanee

Following the tradition that the tribe priestess and medicine chief marry, Miramanee rejects Shalish for Kirk. Salish attacks Kirk in the forest, and when his knife draws blood, he declares Kirk no god, but Miramanee eagerly marries Kirk. Meanwhile, the Enterprise crew warp to the asteroid, but are unsuccessful at deflecting or destroying it, burning out the ship's warp engines. Spock orders the ship to shadow the asteroid back to the planet, now two months away by impulse power. Meanwhile Kirk falls deeper in love, and revels in the happiness of his new carefree life, though haunted at night by dreams of people he feels he should be with. Miramanee happily tells Kirk that she is pregnant.

As the Enterprise nears the planet, Spock, having tirelessly spent the time studying the markings on the obelisk, has partially deciphered them, he has discovered that it is an asteroid deflector built by the Preservers, an ancient race that resettled various endangered humanoid populations on other planets in order to ensure their survival. Spock surmises that the obelisk has malfunctioned.

As the asteroid nears the planet, the sky darkens and strong winds blow, and the elders tell Kirk he must go into the temple to stop the storm. Kirk neither knows how to get inside the obelisk or stop the storm. Pounding fruitlessly on the obelisk, the tribe turn against him, stoning Kirk and Miramanee. Suddenly, Spock and McCoy materialize, frightening the villagers away. Spock uses a mind meld to retrieve Kirk's memories, while McCoy tends to Miramanee's wounds. Acting on Spock's information, Kirk is able to open the trap door. Kirk and Spock enter and Spock activates 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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