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“The Way To Eden” Remastered Review + Screenshots & Video June 15, 2008

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REVIEW
by Jeff Bond

Finally Trek Remastered arrives at one of the biggest targets where classic Trek third season silliness is concerned: Star Trek’s infamous space hippies episode. You know the drill: the Enterprise overtakes the space cruiser Aurora which explodes while attempting to escape the starship; elephant-eared Dr. Sevrin (Skip Homier) and his gang of followers are beamed onboard, Spock-jams ensue. While people who actually watch the show may conjure up “Spock’s Brain” or “And the Children Shall Lead” as representing the worst of Trek, I’d argue a lot more casual viewers—or people who’ve never sat through an entire episode—can recall that there was a terrible Star Trek episode about space hippies.

So we all know the bad—I’d like to try to concentrate on what’s actually good about this episode.

Okay, gimme a minute…

Seriously—if you remove a few key squirm-inducing elements (Charles Napier’s grinning whack-job performance as Adam, the jam sessions and the soapy romance scenes between Chekov and his old flame), “The Way to Eden” is a serviceable episode with a few nice touches. Remember that the American counterculture was a huge force at this time, something both terrifying and compelling to the millions of viewers who would have been watching this show in 1969. Like Kirk himself, the production crew of the original series was made up of quite a few military men, and you have to acknowledge the bravery of the attempt here to reach out to the angry youth culture that was rebelling against the status quo at the time.

“Way to Eden” functions best as a time capsule—its hippy outfits aren’t really much more out there than a lot of what was being worn at the time, and if anything the whole story is just too on-the-nose. Where better Trek episodes clothed their metaphors in more elaborate sci fi trappings, Arthur Heinemann’s teleplay simply puts recognizable hippies in outer space (and the story is radically different from Dorothy Fontana’s original script “Joanna,” a story that would have not only fleshed out McCoy’s character but offered some unusually hard-hitting inter-character drama and conflict for Trek’s third year).

Nevertheless, the decision to have Spock mediate the conflict between authority figure Kirk and the countercultural Edenites was right on the nose. Spock was a figure who conceivably spoke to the counterculture well before this episode was written—he was hugely popular with young people and it’s clear from Leonard Nimoy’s thoughtful performance that he took the responsibility of playing this episode seriously. Shatner’s Kirk too is put in an interesting position, confronted with a group for whom he represents unthinking authoritarianism. Kirk is clearly ill at ease with the Edenites, yet Shatner underplays enough that there’s a sense that he’s rather more crestfallen and a little embarrassed than offended that these people just don’t “get” him. (By the time Shatner has to portray being attacked by sonic waves, however, any remaining subtlety is out the airlock)

Dr. Sevrin himself is a compelling figure and his concealed illness is quite forward-thinking as a concept—if you listen to McCoy and Sevrin describe it, they’re talking about the kind of “super-bug” that’s actually threatening hospitals right now due to the over-prescribing of antibiotics (and for all we know, the use of antibacterial soaps). Having Sevrin totally reject a technological culture that’s made him into a deadly Typhoid Mary, yet having him be in total denial about his situation, makes perfect sense. And blue-haired Tongo Radd is an interesting minor character, well played by Victor Brandt.

As for the rest, well…how do you produce a handful of songs that play as counterculture anthems but sound like they could be played 300 years from now? Charles Napier (who would follow up this role with bits in a number of Russ Meyer soft-core porn films before doing movies like Rambo: First Blood Part 2 and Silence of the Lambs) co-wrote and performed his own songs in the episode, and as goofy is the lantern-jawed actor looks in his half-dome wig and bare chest, he’s got a tough role (and some of the worst lines in the teleplay) as the poetic cheerleader for the Edenites. At least he’s better than Mary-Linda Rapelye as Chekov’s old flame Irini and her dueling Russian accents scenes with Walter Koenig (watching their two-shots in the new hi-def transfers you’re just blown away by all the friggin HAIR sticking out all over those shots). As for the songs, yes, they’re lame—but I’m more amused than embarrassed now by scenes like the Enterprise bridge crew rocking out while Scotty shakes his head disapprovingly. In fact, I’ve developed a weird fondness for Napier’s “Headin’ Out To Eden” song—so one of the big annoyances of the syndication cuts this time is that they eliminate it almost entirely from the episode, which drains the impact of some purely instrumental quotes of the material late in the story.

Speaking of which—the fact that Eden is a.) found so easily, and b.) covered with acidic plants doesn’t really help matters. It’s ironic, but wouldn’t Sevrin’s own disease killing off his followers have been a bit more appropriate? In any case, we can all give thanks for one thing about this episode: it inspired Shatner’s unforgettable Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. And in that one God’s planet was every bit as easy to find as Eden.

 

As CBS-Digital moves into the final handful of episodes on the Remastered project they seem to be pulling out all, or at least some, of the stops, which is ironic in itself since the episodes they’re lavishing some bold new shots on are generally considered to be the worst of the original series. “Way to Eden” gets a brand new Aurora, a nicely-detailed retooling of Harry Mudd’s ship from “Mudd’s Women” (appropriate since the opening chase sequence is almost a blow-by-blow remake of the Mudd pursuit sequence minus the asteroids). CBS-D takes a subtle approach to the Aurora’s overheating, adding a glowing impulse/antimatter mixing deck and gradually glowing engines to replace the overall red glow on the original miniature, as well as a nicely detailed explosion.

Other than library Enterprise shots that’s it until the starship reaches Eden, where CBS-D conjures up what may rank as the most “super-Earthlike” of all their Earth-like planets (so super it’s got two moons). But it’s also enhanced by a ravishing matte painting that really helps to open up the original’s simple planet set. Somebody should produce some posters of these matte shots as they crystallize Star Trek’s idealized Chesley Bonestell aesthetic better than just about anything I’ve seen.

SFX VIDEO

SCREENSHOTS

Remastered vs. Original

Extras


Scotty…totally Herbert


Spock…not Herbert


Dr. Sevrin…pioneer in ear body art



Spooooockkkk make them stop!


Mr. Chekov you are on report for impersonating the Captain

 

BONUS VIDEO: Spock Rock

 

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Comments

1. thefinalfrontier - June 15, 2008

Herbert:
if you don’t know what it is, you probably are one.

2. Harry Ballz - June 15, 2008

When people I know mention having seen this episode, I cringe in admitting I’m a fan of the series! What a stinker!

3. Thomas Jensen - June 15, 2008

All the cgi came together nicely. I always enjoy seeing some of the original opticals recreated as in the overhead saucer shot. Overall, the use of cgi in the context and sensibility of what they might have done in back in the 60’s, really works with this episode.

And if they seems to pulling out all the stops in these last few episodes, whatever the reason, I’ll take whatever they can give. I was hoping for a little different take for only a few shots in remastered episodes, so I’m very glad they have done this project.

It gives me something to type about.

4. Dick Fitzwell - June 15, 2008

Pretty backdrop! Still a silly episode.

5. sebimeyer - June 15, 2008

star trek*

*illicit substances sold seperately.

6. shane s - June 15, 2008

Star Trek truly was a mirror of our species and the time it comes from, not surprising then that a reflection of the 60’s, including hippies and counter culture would be included.

7. 23rd Century Texan - June 15, 2008

I couldn’t help but think of other social groups that reject technology or modern society like the Amish or the FLDS group from Texas.

8. Billy Bobby - June 15, 2008

One of the worst episodes flat out. The episode wouldn’t have been so mad if it hadn’t fallen on its face at the very end. The scene on the planet was ridiculous. It’s like the director just told everybody to do whatever they wanted. How can the grass be acidic but not the tree Dr. Severin climbs up? He should not be able to climb up the tree or eat the fruit. The same goes for Adam. Ouch! This apple is really acidic. I’m gonna eat it!

9. Thomas - June 15, 2008

I’m a firm believer that any story (even one that sounds weak) could be well-done, but that it depends on the execution. This could have been a good episode if some things were done differently. I agree with the point that it would be more interesting for Sevrin’s followers to die from his disease than the poisonous plants.

10. Rabelais - June 15, 2008

# 8. “How can the grass be acidic but not the tree Dr. Severin climbs up? He should not be able to climb up the tree or eat the fruit. The same goes for Adam. Ouch! This apple is really acidic. I’m gonna eat it!”

You’re being far too literal, dude! Look, it’s about hippies looking for paradise. And when they think they’ve found it, it turns out to be made of deadly… ACID!!!

Get it? ; )

Come on, get with the third season hit you on the head with a frickin’ shovel “half-black, half-white” social “messages”!

11. MrRegular - June 15, 2008

The only way a viewer can take “The Way to Eden” seriously is to see it as a parable of how idealistic young kids + an insane, charismatic leader = doom. Otherwise it has none of the inspired elements of the Godshow from STV, to which it is compared. One of the worst episodes of this or any other generation…only made more bearable by the excellent FX and matte work this week. Can someone post a larger, brighter still of the Eden planet matte? That was gorgeous.

12. capt mike - June 15, 2008

Im gonna crack my knuckles and junp for joy i got a clean bill of health from dr. mccoy. Yay brother. True about the planet being acid like. How can you walk on the grass and not get burned and also why were they taken off the shuttle and then layed on the ground when there feet were badly burned. Should’t the ground burned them more and climbing the tree should have been a big no no. I liked the ship and the explosion was good to. But everyone listning to music on the bridge and kirk letting them. man im not reaching that. Thats the only time kirk ever relaxed the disipline on the bridge.Even though this was one of the worst trek from the tos it is still good trek.Yay brother. Are you reacing me brother. If not you must be a herbert.

13. capt mike - June 15, 2008

herbert! herbert! herbert! herbert! herbert!

14. Brent - June 15, 2008

It’s really to bad that the original DC Fontana story wasn’t filmed. The idea of McCoy dealing with his feelings for his daughter and being confronted with seeing Kirk with the eyes of a father instead of a comrade would have made the episode the highlight of the otherwise dismal 3rd season. McCoy would not have simply rolled his eyes at Kirk’s advances or Joanna’s attraction. I can envision him lecturing both of them rather angrily.

15. trekboi - June 15, 2008

i actually liked this episode- the space hippies are still not as annoying as neelix or the incomparable jar jar binks…

nice FX- wish they had done a set extension- butt new matts r always welcome.

16. The Last Maquis - June 15, 2008

I think there’s only ONE way to really watch this episode, (Cough)

17. Cato the Llama - June 15, 2008

*hides in corner and quietly admits to having liked this episode.*

Does being ashamed of it make me a herbert?

18. girl6 - June 15, 2008

That groovy tune with Spock on harp and the alien hippy chick on bike wheel really reached me, bother! I’ve got it on an mp3 file and I’m gonna make it my ring tone.

Then I’m gonna have all my friends call me every 5 minutes.

19. Salamander Cakes - June 16, 2008

For kicks, me and my buddy would drive around using his PA system in his car and sing that “steppin into Eden, yay brother!” and annoy the heck out of everybody that was within earshot.

20. Marvin the Martian - June 16, 2008

Thanks for posting the video, but is it just me or… is the video pixelating wildly to be almost unwatchable in parts? It’s like it “burps” every so often.

21. Iowagirl - June 16, 2008

Nice review (except for the “sonic over-acting”, of course – I mean, have you ever been attacked by sonic waves…?? Do you know what it feels like..?? Ok, shut up then, will ya…;)

I.do.like.this.episode. (No, I won’t run for cover;) I like the message, I like it when Spock tells them “I have no doubt you will find it… or make it yourselves”, I like the jam session and those crazy silly wonderfully oldfashioned hippy songs, and I like finding out whether I’m “Herbert” or not…

#18
We reach, sister..:)

22. I am not Herbert - June 16, 2008

Yeah…,
…those guys must have been smokin’ some pretty crappy space weed…
…a least Spock could jam with them ;-)

23. neonknights - June 16, 2008

Michael Richards is actually a pen-name of D.C. Fontana. She also used it in TNG.

And the original “lake shot” on Eden was just stock footage from “Shore Leave”. I’ve noticed it first when I was ten years old. It was a huge disappointment.

24. That Guy - June 16, 2008

Herbert….yeah….this video is of pretty poor quality.
Too bad someone talented couldn’t post one that
we could watch without spilling the bong water. I guess
the life of BIG DADDY Herbert must be too overwhelming.
Seriously…its jumps like a space hippie sitting in the
Captains Chair with a ditch (or space weed) in one hand
and a phaser on overload in the other. Just not kewl – cool!

25. OR Coast Trekkie - June 16, 2008

Moral of this story: Acid is bad (in ALL its forms).

I’m not sure what I think of this explosion. I think the other one looked a bit more real.

GREAT matte shot. It almost looks photo-real. In fact, it makes me wonder if someoe on staff didn’t just contribute this photo they had of a real place, and they just photoshopped in a couple of moons.

26. Jai1138 - June 16, 2008

Another good review by Jeff Bond (all you TREK people need to check out Film Score Monthly — is Mr. Bond still writing there?)

Yes, The Way to Eden is weird and dumb but it’s still, strangely better than Masks or Phantasms (both of which I sort of watched in syndication recently) — not meaning to make this anti-TNG, which I love sort of, but The Way to Eden almost exemplifies how the “worst” of TOS is at least more fully entertaining than the worst of TNG.. Not that that should be the mark of good television.

In some respect, The Way to Eden is a freaky (and foolish) peak and peek into 60s counterculture at least in TOS’s last season, and now it is a way for new fans to look into the America of 1968 that spawned some of TOS, as cartoonish as it may be depicted. Actually, watching the the third season again recently, I’m surprised how many good (and haunting) episodes there are– but thee are also a lot of dogs and dross.

I actually like Star Trek V’s revisionist take on the same basic material; it embraces what is the core theme of TREK: mankind’s rejection of Paradise in order to achieve something higher and more hard-earned on our own terms.

27. Jai1138 - June 16, 2008

Also: “I’m gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy, I got a clean bill of heatlth from Doctor McCoy!”; I know ot was said elsewhere but what the hell.

28. NCC-1701 - June 16, 2008

I love this episode. Wonderful music and some funny scenes. A camp classic.

29. Engon - June 16, 2008

I could swear that Dr. Sevrin says “Rejoice, brothren!”

Unfortunately, “brothren” is not word.

Yeah, brether!

30. Jeffrey S. Nelson - June 16, 2008

We reach… I like the music.
Damn KPDX Fox Frackin’ 49 in Portland, Oregon instead ran an infomercial on colon cleansing! Bloody hell! Borgus frat!
Yes, I’ll buy the dvds and show these TV programmers who to mess with.

31. Cato the Llama - June 16, 2008

I think this episode really exemplifies the whole “Everything I know I learned from Star Trek” idea, for me.

Growing up in Iowa in the 80s, I didn’t know what a hippie was when I was a kid. But I was raised on Star Trek from the moment I could talk. I didn’t know what those weird people were in this episode. Later, when I was maybe 10 or 11, some of my family members were talking about hippies. I said, “Oh they sound like those guys on Star Trek!”

Amazing how many things that happened with . . . Oh how weird it feels to have your first memories of President Lincoln being the “Giant Space Abraham Lincoln” on the Enterprise View Screen. :P

32. Andy Patterson - June 16, 2008

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I grew up in a house hold where pop music was basically verboden. As sad as it is to some to hear me say this….The Monkees and this episode were my introductions to something other than classical music. I seemed to also see a little deeper into this episode than some give it credit for. I saw a whole culture and language being introduced to the audience in a short amount of time (something I believe Star Trek’s writers did well). Even as a little kid I picked up on that and recognized how well done that was. Just dig that little exchange between Spock and Adam in his quarters. “Give”. (I use that to this day when I’m soloing in a group.)

Something I don’t think anyone’s pointed out….I always thought Sevrin was supposed to represent Timothy Leary and his ideas. Maybe I was wrong.

I still love seeing the crew being knocked out with the hippie pinch behind the ears and letting out a drug induced, orgasmic sounding groan.

Yay, brother.

33. John Gill - June 16, 2008

Unfortunately, Star trek Remastered is not shown anywhere in Central, Southern, or Western Louisiana anymore, the stations that carried it up until last week now air infomercials in their place, money hungry I guess. Good news is it happened when this episode was to be shown, I think I just saw all the good parts on the remastered FX reel.
Although #11 makes a good point, you have to view it in a certain perspective, not as just another sci fi story from outer space.

34. John Gill - June 16, 2008

#33, I had to add this, how synonymous, as I pointed out in another post, I was flipped out by the songs in this episode when it first aired, and I still like the hippie songs from it, but I also was exposed to this and The Monkees and that was it, other than my Dad’s C&W and Bluegrass records!

35. Andy Patterson - June 16, 2008

And speaking of Tongo Rad’s groovy way of knocking people out (did anyone else think he looked like Mind Worm from Spider-Man 139 but me?)…there’s a topic that needs to be addressed some time…not really the physics of Star Trek but “The anatomy” of Star Trek. That maneuver is right up there with that blow right above the tail bone that seems to be part of hand to hand training at Star Fleet. We used to practice all these moves on each other as a kid.

36. Andy Patterson - June 16, 2008

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Yay brother. That’s real now.

I reach that, brother. I really do.

37. JB - June 16, 2008

That Spock Rock video is real now, brother!

38. Tom - June 16, 2008

A lot more watchable than all the bad episodes of TNG, though.

It may be hard to find, but there was an LP released in the 70s of Star Trek bloopers. Basically someone found magnetic tapes of the raw, on set audio. One track is listed as “The ol’ Vulcan Harp Bicycle wheel duet”.

It’s on the intrawebs if you google it.

39. Irishtrekkie - June 16, 2008

Insert lame space hippy joke*

Well the new effects are decent anyway

40. The_Bear - June 16, 2008

The 1st window on the side of the Aurora looks like a stylized Peace sign.

41. section9 - June 16, 2008

We reach, baby.

This episode is, like, totally 1968. Dr. Sevrin totally deserved to buy the farm. He was a complete a**hole.

The rest of the Space Hippies probably got drafted and sent to Vietnam.

42. diabolik - June 16, 2008

I wish the deleted scene with Uhura, McCoy and Spock in the rec deck had survived on film, all we have now are pictures. According to the script it would have been a nice scene.

43. jfddoc - June 16, 2008

Is it just me, or was there some effort to make Scotty sound old? “Why can’t a young mind be a disciplined mind?’ he asks here. And in “Lights of Zetar”, Kirk refers to “a man of Scotty’s years…”

44. Dom - June 16, 2008

The only TOS episode that makes me embarrassed to be a Star Trek fan!

45. Trekker in SoDak - June 16, 2008

Did anyone notice Phyllis Douglas, who played Yeoman Mears in “The Galileo Seven” was in this episode as the dark haired female hippie, listed as Girl #2 in the credits?

46. star trackie - June 16, 2008

Herberts need to lighten up! This is fun stuff.

I reach brother, I reach!.

47. Thorny - June 16, 2008

Very nice lipstick on a pig for this one!

48. Robert J. Sawyer - June 16, 2008

I actually enjoy this episode. The only part that doesn’t work for me is the Chekov subplot — the rest is fun, and I even like the songs and the made-up slang.

49. Buckaroohawk - June 16, 2008

Did they fix those two image-reversed shots of Kirk near the end of the episode?

No, they didn’t.

I know that, if they had flipped them, Kirk would then have been looking in the wrong direction when Dr. Severin ran from the shuttlecraft; but that’s the lesser of two evils compared to having the badge on the opposite side of Kirk’s shirt. Twice.

I really thought CBS-D would take a moment to flip those shots over. Ah well.

50. JARED WYNN - June 16, 2008

good move to cut the songs out, they sucked.

51. bill hiro - June 16, 2008

I love Charles Napier.

52. CmdrR - June 16, 2008

What do ya know, the remastered Eden is actually groovier than the original!

Overall, looks like good work on the effects, especially replacing the shot from Shore Leave with a new matte.

Why does Sevrin wear a boiled egg?

53. Andy Patterson - June 16, 2008

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I love those voice overs Shatner and Kelley are doing during that scene at the end with the reverse shots. Sounds like they came in during their lunch break and were reading lines between bites of a sandwich. “Sevrin, don’t! “Stop!” “Don’t bite into that.”

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I also love Napier

54. US Taxpayer Dude - June 16, 2008

Hey man! That acid ain’t acid like that stuff in chemistry class, man, it’s like, like, whoa, it’s far out LS like D acid. You know, the kind you see instead of hear man. Wow. Groovy.

Tune in, turn on, drop out man!

Every day I thank God I was not born a Boomer and then I thank Him I was not born to one. The Sixties and Seventies are nothing more than scary, dim, distorted recollections of strange people doing strange things to this tiny Cub Scout with a military man for a father and a wonderful housewife for a mother. I THANK GOD ALMIGHTY!

Call me, HERBERT, SON OF HERBERT!

55. Harry Ballz - June 16, 2008

#44 Dom “The only TOS episode that makes me embarrased to be a Star Trek fan!”

You’re right! “Spock’s Brain” should have won a friggin’ Peabody!!

56. JL - June 16, 2008

Even as a ten year old kid I had enough sense to know this was not good Star Trek.

57. mooseday - June 16, 2008

#52 Just my comment, I was wondering if the hippies had a deal with the Egg Marketing board …

58. CmdrR - June 16, 2008

Anybody know whether Spock is supposed to be channeling George Harrison? I’ve heard that Harrison, at the ancient age of 30, went to Haight-Ashbury and came away utterly disillusioned with the druggies.

So much of TV and film at the time utterly missed the mark when it tried to depict the counter-culture. Too many cute “drugs is fun” messages, plus where there should be anti-war mass actions, you get a single peace symbol button.

For a real laugh, compare and contrast Trek’s space hippies with the TWO space hippy eps in Lost in Space! (Including the one with Daniel J. Travanti in a lice-ridden wig.)

59. Garovorkin - June 16, 2008

Improved special effects can make a good episode look better and a truly bad episode, like this one, look a whole lot worse. This episode is a prime example of , the script should have stayed locked away in someone draw.

60. ZtoA - June 16, 2008

Lame episode… but the Spock Riff or as I will title it “Jammed Logic” is right out of the Chicago or Austin Blues music scene. While the instrumentation waters down the funk, the riff structure is right out of the Stevie Ray Vaugn or Buddy Guy play book. I can see Spock hanging out at Buddy Guy’s Blues bar in Chicago a few hundred years from now soaking in and analyzing the funk.

On another note. The most brilliant piece of Sci-Fi screen play/dialog writing occurs in two scenes from this episode. One in sick-bay as noted by the critic (Jeff Bond) and the other in the brig with Mr. Spock and Sevrin. Truly inspired writing considering the time that it was written. As noted by Bond, it’s quite a leap to look ahead and see that creating super sterile environments can also create super infectious and deadly bugs.

61. Billy Bobby - June 16, 2008

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I totally see the message. But it is a horrible message that does not need to be made into a 51 minute episode. The acid analogy was a horrible one. But I did like how Dr. Sevrin was insane. It reminded me of the leader of Jonestown. I think the ending would have been better if he made everyone drink poisoned Kool-Aid. That would have made the episode better because at least people got some Kool-Aid.

62. The Underpants Monster - June 16, 2008

Aside from the musical numbers, I’m gonna go out on a limb and count this as one of my favorite TOS episodes. It’s dated, sure, but to build on what Jeff says, the real core of this story is the conflict between establishment and anti-establishment, between idealism and practicality, between generations, and between technology and naturalism. As Jeff points out, nimoy and Shatner play their inner conflicts beautifully. The look on Kirk’s face when he realizes that he’s become the square older generation is perfect; I remember that feeling myself. And Spock’s classic line to irina at the end is pretty much what Star Trek is all about to me.

63. Billy Bobby - June 16, 2008

Even though I dislike this episode, it is not the worst. The extreme campiness of it makes it watchable. At least this episode is better than That Which Survives and The Alternative Factor (worst episode ever in any Star Trek spinoff or television series).

64. FredCFO - June 16, 2008

#45…

Gadzooks! You’re right ! Imdb confirms that. Phyllis Douglas was unrecognizable and did not have any lines besides yelling Herbert…

She looked totally different in The Way to Eden than her role as Yeoman Mears in Gallileo Seven.

This episode is still lousy. The remastering helped a bit…

65. Doug - June 16, 2008

Maybe the writers had had a bad bout with too much *LDS* in the 60s.

grin

66. Lou - June 16, 2008

as Bruce Campbell would say…

Groovy.

67. jimj - June 16, 2008

This episode has the distinct honor of causing a different reaction in me each and every time I watch it. That in itself is amazing! The ONE convention I attended years ago, when it was tough to even find Trek on TV…they were showing THIS episode. Herberts!

68. bdrcarter - June 16, 2008

I was surprised by this episode. As Mr. Bond pointed out, there were some really nice elements. I didn’t even mind the Chekov sub-plot. It actually gave the show more of an ensemble feel to it. A rarity for TOS. And the CBS-D work was phenomenal! I assumed they’d be on cruise-control for the final episodes. The new matte shots were gorgeous and I don’t remember seeing the beauty shot of the E during the title credits before. It was breathtaking. IMHO, I haven’t seen a better rendering of a Constitution-class ship anywhere…period. (I must have rewound and re-watched that shot 5 times!) There some really somber musical cues that were unique to the episode…as far as I know. (Like the one when the found the body of Adam.)

But that’s what ‘s been great about this project…the remastered episodes give you a reason to watch the episodes that you’d typically pass over in the DVD set. I keep finding things I enjoy, even in the “clunkers.”

And on another note; don’t you just love the “Kirk-in-Pain” staple? It was just about the same every time he was subjected to the pain-device of the week. Kevin Pollock does a killer impression in his stand-up routine. Too funny!

69. The Underpants Monster - June 16, 2008

#43 – James Doohan would have been 48 at the time this episode was filmed, and Memory Aplha puts Scotty at 45. So, not “old,” per se, but ten or so years older than Kirk, and almost old enough to be the father of some of the hippies.

70. Anthony Thompson - June 16, 2008

My favorite episode.

71. Cox of Seagulls - June 16, 2008

Story by Michael Richards? Really? As in, the guy who played Kramer? lol

72. Anthony Thompson - June 16, 2008

NOT!

73. Cervantes - June 16, 2008

Some groovy moves on show!

I really like the new surface landscape shot, but just hope that some of that colored ‘pampas grass’ is still on show….

74. T2 - June 16, 2008

I was out at a bar the night this remastered version aired and the bar TV’s had the channel on and suddenly Star Trek starts and I’m watching…suddenly I see it’s The Way to Eden. Volume’s up and everything, and some people are watching, others are making negative comments. They kept the channel on, actually. So I was in a great mood. Turns out some Trek fans were watching it and asked to keep it on, but most weren’t happy. Anyway, we get to our first group-shouting of Herbert in the episode and this guy at the other side of the bar starts yelling Herbert right along with them with everyone staring at him…classic!

75. demon barber of starfleet - June 16, 2008

I missed it because I was at ‘The Happening’ when it came on. xO

76. Cervantes - June 16, 2008

I was referring to all the new starship ‘movements’ and ‘angles’ in this one that is!

77. Izbot - June 16, 2008

29. Yeah, I always hear Sevrin say “brothren” also. Just curious — I know the Sevrin character was more than a passing reference to Dr. Timothy Leary but, without looking it up, does anyone know offhand if the Manson Family murders were in the news around this time? Maybe shortly after? There’s a definite Manson Family vibe to this episode. It would be surprising if this episode presaged that event.

So CBS-D *didn’t* fix the two ‘flopped’ shots of Kirk in this episode! I couldn’t believe it! This should’ve been an easy fix — even if it meant flipping only Kirk’s insignia and moving it to the other side of his tunic so he remains facing the correct direction. They were static shots, rotoscoping should’ve been simple. On the upside, I found the new images of the surface of Eden quite welcome — very nice.

Don’t know about any of you but I’ve always thought Irina was hot. Am I wrong? Oh, and the redshirt on the bridge air-drumming along during the jam session — what a dork! Why was the music being broadcast on the bridge?

78. ster j - June 16, 2008

ARGH! The local station aired it an hour later, so all I recorded was the first few seconds!!

Does anyone know when and where TOS-R airs in the Los Angeles area now? I can’t even find a place to look up that info.

79. BrF - June 16, 2008

I’ll give this to CBS-D: They’ve hit their stride. Everything looks great here. I like the wobbliness and yawing of the small ship v. the steadier and larger Enterprise, which is shown in some very nice panning shots here. Maybe the CBS-D team can start working their way back to The Cage now.

80. jock ewing - June 16, 2008

cbs digital is so lazy they couldn’t fix the shots with the flipped frame where kirks emblem is on the left instead of the right and if you look close the leeters on the shuttlecraft are reversed..

81. Thomas - June 16, 2008

79. ster j,
TOS airs Saturday nights at 12 midnight here in Los Angeles. It did used to be on at 11:00, but it got bumped for Cheaters.

82. TomBot2008 - June 16, 2008

I watched part of this episode before I went out the other night, and I’d say it was at least somewhat enjoyable, no worse than any other goofy Star Trek episode. I’ll admit seeing this as a kid, I don’t recall gleaming any socially relevant message or linkage to the “Hippie” movement. *shrug* It just wasn’t a part of my world then… at least, as far as I perceived. (;o)

LOL! @ 10, 18, & 21’s Comments!!!

83. Roger - June 16, 2008

Lol!!
They finally add some moons around a planet and they waste it on this steaming pile episode…..Oy brother.

84. TrekMadeMeWonder - June 16, 2008

Awesome episode!

85. Andy Patterson - June 16, 2008

Hey…off topic. They’re saying Stan Winston’s gone. What’s that all about?

86. Scott - June 16, 2008

One of the worst, yet strangely watchable. Love the new little doomed ship shots — really all the exterior shots on this one are well-done this time around. No complaints here.

The new establishing shot of Eden looks like you mated a typical photo of Yosemite National Park with a Bonestell painting. And added twin moons. Very nice. In fact, all the new digital mattes have all been very, very welcome addtions to these remastered eps.

Add me in with the Charles Napier love-fest. That guy is just awesome, then and now. I remember seeing him playing rough-voiced heavies in 70s and 80s TV shows, and only later realizing he was the guy who played Adam in “Eden” and sort of marveling at that. Such a different character.

Whenever I hear or see the phrase “cauliflower ear,” I always picture Dr. Sevrin. :-)

Scott B. out.

87. THX-1138 I AM HERBERT - June 16, 2008

I am glad that there are some folks out there that appreciate this episode. I am not one of them. To re-phrase what I wrote earlier on another thread about this ep, if hating this one makes me a herbert, than I am herbert. This one triggers my gag reflex.

88. Sean - June 16, 2008

THIS IS A DISASTER HOW CAN THE TREES NOT BE ACIDIC WHILE THE GRASS IS DON’T THESE PEOPLE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE BASICS OF BIOLOGY THIS IS A DISASTER

89. Herb Solow II - June 16, 2008

To one degree or another every TOS episode is an example kitschy 60s TV. That’s part of it’s appeal to me anyway. Way to Eden could have been “way” better. I remember it was the only episode I would turn off when I was a kid. But I don’t find it as offensive as Children Shall Lead or Turnabout Intruder nor as idiotic as Spock’s Brain.

90. max - June 16, 2008

The fruits of dropping acid gets you burned. Even the “grass”…

“I dropped acid here a year ago”-Dr, McCoy ‘Mirror Mirror’

91. Engon - June 16, 2008

This episode aired about 7 months before the Manson Family began their murder spree. It seems unlikely that the Manson Family was famous enough prior to that to have inspired “Way to Eden”- although, about a year earlier, they did manage to ensconce themselves in the Hollywood home of “Beach Boy’s” founder Brian Wilson for a few months.

Although there were other gurus running around at the time, Timothy Leary would have been a likely template for Sevrin because he was A) a famous, B) significantly older than his followers, and C) like Sevrin, he was a Ph.D.

Other TV programs of the time also created Leary-like characters. In the 1968 “Dragnet” episode “The Big Prophet,” Liam Sullivan (Parmen in “Plato’s Stepchildren”) is well cast as “William Bentley” – a character who is obviously modeled on Leary.

I also noticed on this viewing that ALL the space-hippies are wearing what looks like the cross-section of a boiled egg with a little infinity symbol in the yolk. Apparently, it was part of their non-conformist uniform. Why didn’t Lincoln Enterprises ever sell those?

92. Myrth - June 16, 2008

Sorry #15, Jar-Jar owns space hippies hands down.

93. dep1701 - June 16, 2008

In the scene where Chekov and Irina are talking/starting to get hot ‘n’ heavy in auxilliary control, I found myself looking at Chekov’s head and wondering if that’s where Donald Trump got his hairstyle from.

94. steve623 - June 16, 2008

“Add me in with the Charles Napier love-fest. That guy is just awesome, then and now. I remember seeing him playing rough-voiced heavies in 70s and 80s TV shows …”

I think Charles Napier guest starred on every show on television in the 70s and 80s. He and Gerald McRainey must have been on “The Incredible Hulk” a dozen times between them.

95. MORN SPEAKS - June 16, 2008

There’s something about this episode. It’s soo bad it’s actually good, I don’t get it, maybe I’m a herbert. Yay brother!

96. eagle219406 - June 16, 2008

THis is to whoever was asking about the why the tree didn’t burn Sevrin. the thing about acid is it PH content. SOmetimes acid will burn through things right away, but with others it takes awhile. With Chekov’s hand, we have no way of knowing how long he had been touching that plant, before it burned him. Plus he was insane so he might have been ignoring it.

Also to whoever wondered why they were putting people on the ground when it was acidic. You may have noticed that Mccoy said that the plant life was acidic, even the grass. They didn’t put them on the grass, they put them on rock. They did’t say anything about the rocks.

I for one found this episode Quite enjoyable, and I wasn’t even alive in the 60s. I for one am glad they didn’t kill them all. That is overdone. It happens enough as it is, and it is good that some people survived.

While some people didn’t like the Chekov backstory, it made for an interesting Background in “Of Gods and Men.” In the alternate TImeline, he married her and they had a son.

97. FredCFO - June 16, 2008

Stan Winston died of cancer today at age 62.

PER the AP:
The Oscar-winning visual effects artist died at his home Sunday evening surrounded by family after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma, according to a representative from Stan Winston Studio.

Winston won visual effects Oscars for 1986’s “Aliens, “1992’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and 1993’s “Jurassic Park.” (And the dog pen scene in “The Thing”)

Winston is survived by his wife, Karen; a son, daughter, brother and four grandchildren.

98. CmdrR - June 16, 2008

Just saw The Thing again last weekend. The dogs still scare the crap outta me.

99. Dark_Lord_Prime - June 16, 2008

Am I the only one who noticed the original Aurora is a Tholian ship with warp nacelles and struts glued on?

I don’t think I ever caught that before. (That, or I just never paid that much attention)

Owell.. as far as the acidic plant-life and touching it goes:

They could take the Edenites out of the shuttle and lay them on the ground because it was bare dirt, not acidic grass.

Sevrin and Adam could probably touch the tree and fruit ’cause of the plants’ skins (bark, rind), while Chekov apparently touched the blossom of that flower, which likely exuded the acid.

And they COULDN’T walk on the grass; that’s why their feet were burned and they were hiding in the shuttle. Sevrin’s feet were already damaged AND he was completely around the bend when he bounded into the tree, anyway, so it wouldn’t have mattered if he rand through the grass again.

100. CmdrR - June 16, 2008

Acidic flowers?
Does that mean Eden’s bees are made of pyrex?

101. Greg Stamper - June 16, 2008

Interesting –
The “Edenites” find their desired goal and to them (although beautiful) is a wasteland.

The Galactica crew find their desired goal this past weekend and it too is a wasteland.

No connection. Just similar weekend episode results.

102. diabolk - June 16, 2008

What a loss, losing Stan. I am shocked, I had no idea he had cancer.

And this episode reminds me of Lost In Space more than Star Trek. Space Hippies… that’s pure Irwin Allen.

103. jr - June 16, 2008

Eden must the the homeworld for Ripley’s Aliens. Acid blood.

104. steve623 - June 16, 2008

“Am I the only one who noticed the original Aurora is a Tholian ship with warp nacelles and struts glued on? ”

I don’t think you’re the only one. I’m pretty sure it was mentioned at least as far back as the first edition of Allan Asherman’s “The Star Trek Compendium” in 1981, and probably in fan publications in the ’70s. Not much gets past Trekkies/Trekkers/Trekists/geeks/what-have-yous.

105. dep1701 - June 16, 2008

“Am I the only one who noticed the original Aurora is a Tholian ship with warp nacelles and struts glued on? ”

Oh, no. I noticed that decades ago. I always thought it looked cheesy as hell. In fact, back in ’92 at the Smithsonian NASM ‘Star Trek’ exhibition, they had both of the Tholian ship models on display, and the doctored one still had it’s “Aurora” plant on parts on it!

Check out this link for photos:
http://members.aol.com/IDICPage/tholian.html

106. Balok - June 16, 2008

yeh brother!

107. Captain Dunsel - June 16, 2008

# 49

I too was bothered by the “flipped out” Kirk being left in. Given today’s technology, I can’t imagine that actually fixing the full shot would have been impossible. There’s GOT to a be an image of Kirk facing the correct direction somewhere in the canon that they could have lifted and inserted. Even if they chose not to fully reverse the shot, they could easily have at least fixed the *insignia*.

Wasn’t that slightly more important than prettying up some dials, as they’ve done in the past?

108. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine - June 16, 2008

How can we talk about the MOST famous hippies without the comments of the SECOND most famous hippie critic? Eric Cartman, created by big TOS fans, Trey and Matt. They must have been thinking of this episode!

Cartman: Hippies.They’re everywhere. They wanna save the earth, but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad.

Cartman: I hate hippies! I mean, the way they always talk about “protectin’ the earth” and then drive around in cars that get poor gas mileage and wear those stupid bracelets – I hate ‘em! I wanna kick ‘em in the n**s!

Cartman: Naw dude, Independent films are those black and white hippy movies. They’re always about gay cowboys eating pudding.

Stan: I don’t want to shoot the bunny.
Uncle Jimbo: No nephew of mine is going to be a tree hugger.
Cartman: Yeah, hippie. Go back to Woodstock if you don’t want to shoot anything.

ME: Couldn’t resist, sorry!

109. ster j - June 16, 2008

#81. TOS-R is NOT on the shedule for this Sunday at 00:00 hours! Or next! Noooooo!

110. Xplodin' Nacelle - June 16, 2008

I loved the new title card shot panning around The Big E.

I also loved the new Eden planet matte paintings.

Thumbs up, CBS-D!!!

P.S. That youtube “Spock Rock” video is cool. I would’ve loved to have seen that Hendrix type music used in the original airing. It actually fits the scenes better than what Frieberg went with.

111. Charles D - June 16, 2008

its okay. Although the show fixed some things….they missed a lot of opportunities…such as creating a miranda class vessel orbitting for courtmartial……or a fleet of ships leaving the sector for the episode that they had those energy organians stop the klingon/federation war. They could have shown teh ships leaving during the credits.

Besides..i thought they were only 12 constitution ships anyway…during the remastered…it seems like they have hundreds of them. It’s ridiculuos.
It’s not like it costs them money to build models…how hard is it to add a few extra ships? I see college kids doing it on utube.

112. Rick - June 16, 2008

Yea Brother 108. That was too damn funny!!! I love this episode warts and all. When it is on I cannot stop watching it. Still I would of dug a McCoy daughter episode a bit more. A major duh on my part I never thought of the over the top possible message of LSD being bad for you with the acid content of the Eden plant life. Yes there is much camp to this episode, but I like the themes/ideas of Dr. Sevrin in a cult like leader status, him being a disease carrier, his groups rejection of technology, etc. Also upon finding Eden it was not what it appeared to be. Some re workings of things here and there and it could of been a stronger episode or at least a serious look at counter culture/those seeking a more simple tech free world without the over the top goofiness. But we have what we have.

Also I agree with 35. Andy Patterson I have that issue of Spider-Man and he looks like they patterned the Mind Worm after him.

In addition songs crack me up and I love hearing them. Charles Napier is so over the top is too good!;) So all you Herberts come on man get with it just some tweaking and it good of been an ace episode, but hey we all got some camp fun anyways.;)

Man nothing beats the McCoy crack something about jumping for joy…;) you know…

113. planettom - June 16, 2008

I wonder why Kirk says there’ll be no criminal charges filed. After all, they committed Grand Theft Spaceship, and due to not pulling over when the Enterprise ordered them to stop, destroyed the Aurora.

I guess with Dr. Sevrin and Adam dead, Tongo Radd has three space hippie chicks all to himself.

Then of course there’s the LOST IN SPACE space hippie episode, “Collision Of The Planets.” Compare and contrast!

114. Andy Patterson - June 16, 2008

113

I remember the Lost in Space hippie episode. They were monsters dressed up to look and act like rebel hippies. They kept referring to Dr. Smith as “Methuselah”. Funny.

115. Mike - June 16, 2008

About the flipped Kirk shot. I think they have said that it was not their intention to fix blooper shots like that.

I liked the updated effects the episode is a riot.

116. Mike - June 16, 2008

I meant to say

I liked the updated effects AND the episode is a riot.

Finally, I can’t believe Stan Winston is gone.

117. Balock - June 16, 2008

Ha 113 and 114. “Collision of Planets” had the motorcycle misfit hippies… “The Promised Planet” had the go-go hippies with the martian antenna look and the infamous Penny Dance and a way over the top Dr. Smith playing hippy, love it… groovy man…

118. Xon - June 16, 2008

I grok Spock Rock.

119. Anthony Pascale - June 16, 2008

btw i have updated the video to use the new higher resolution at youtube and widened it as well…it is now 480×360 resolution, double what was used before.

120. Leonel - June 16, 2008

Well – I skimmed through the comments so if someone has already said this, sorry: here’s hoping that Joanna makes it to ST:Phase II / New Voyages..

121. toddk - June 17, 2008

nice shots of the enterprise and beautiful shots of the eden planet. the aroura chase was okay at the beginning and at its firery end. I didnt care for the aroura’s evasive manuver shots.. nice overall brother!

122. The Underpants Monster - June 17, 2008

I also would have loved to see the Joanna story, but I really reach the Chekov/Irina thing, too. It’s more than just an old flame story, it’s a classic “tragic double” story (only not really tragic). Pavel and Irina can see in each other what his or her life would have been like if they’d made a different choice. This “double” story takes on even more significance in the context of 1968, since young people did have some pretty big choices to make about the kind of lives they wanted to lead.

123. Decker's Stubble - June 17, 2008

Skip Homier also played a Nazi in another TOS episode. He therefore has the dubious distinction of portraying both of Trek’s most silly creations, the Space Nazi and the Space Hippy.

124. c0MmODoRe g0oFbAlL - June 17, 2008

Headin’ Out To Eden, Yea Brother, Gonna Drink All the Wine and Frack All The Space Hippie Chicks, Yea Brother Yea!

Herbert say zoom in on windows and see their Grow Room.

Biggest upside, a dark-unhappy ending. I got really tired of TOS happy endings.

For all its faults, it is one of Treks’ most iconic and memorable eps. Even if it is remembered for all the wrong reasons.

I have for many years sung “headin’ Out To Eden” in the shower, but hey, I just a g0oFbalL.

125. Brian - June 17, 2008

Even after 40 years, I still love Napier’s (Adam’s) ryhmn “Gonna click my heels and jump for joy; Got a clean bill of heath from Dr. McCoy!”

126. dan - June 17, 2008

The stock shot of the Enterprise Peeling away (2 shots above the explosion) is the one that drives me utterly crazy.

Why do the Originals always look better than the so called new and Improved!

127. chris - June 17, 2008

I have to agree with you 126. This shot has no business being there. Look at the Original – beautiful details and the ship looks big and majestic.

I don’t know why CBS-D uses this shot time and time again too.

128. Joseph Nebus - June 17, 2008

One of the things I find interesting is this episode shows about all we learn about the Federation’s culture, or even popular culture. There’s virtually no slang, no contemporary references, nothing to tie the Star Fleet folks to any time or vision of society. That’s surely deliberate, as a way to keep the show from being tied too closely to *any* era, but it does mean we don’t know much about what life is like for normal folks in the Federation.

Except … here. We learn that planetary atmospheres are manipulated into undoubtedly pleasant but also somewhat sterile balances. We learn that communities are planned, that people are programmed. (I take this to mean as it might in the early 60s, with increasing computerization and automation allowing activities to be strongly optimized, improving efficiency but also removing the natural-ness of things.) These don’t seem to be any more totalitarian than we have in our society today, but there’s still a natural reservation to embracing The System and rebelling against it is reasonable. But it is interesting that the only real glimpse we get of how ordinary people live is from the perspective of people who don’t like living that way.

And I think it was a plotting mistake to declare Doctor Sevrin to be mad. (He’s angry, certainly, but I think he’s got a fair grievance.) But by declaring that he’s insane it turns the space hippies into naifs manipulated by a sociopath rather than young adults who feel society should be different. Trek’s best villains were antagonists, people with different but understandable agendas; now, any notion that the space hippies may have a point that the Federation has become too computerized and impersonal — comments also made by Lenore Karidian and Sam Cogley, at least one of whom might not be insane — is undercut.

129. Sean4000 - June 17, 2008

Another beautiful Max Gabl Matte! He’s the star of TOS-R!

With such a “limited” budget you would think that resources would be put into other non-stinker episodes. We have quite possibly the worst TOS episode receiving better treatment that most of the good ones. New sweet potato starship, matte, etc. Yet we still have James R Kirk tombstones, lame phasers, bad CG eyelids, and Earth spinning backwards in Assignment Earth.

130. Flint - June 17, 2008

Going to Eden, yay brother

Bring groovy back, man.

131. Section 31 - The Doctor - June 17, 2008

great sfx! nice shots of Big-E!

132. Spocko - June 17, 2008

Cool shots of the Enterprise and Eden’s surface.

And although it is rather silly, I still like this episode.

133. Engon - June 17, 2008

128
Very well observed.

As with many episodic series, a significant number of Star Trek’s villains were actually protagonists in disguise. Kirk and Co. couldn’t undergo attitudinal revelations each week, so they often functioned as antagonists to the guest star who they would help to see “the error of his ways.” If this happened too late in the game, all would end in tragedy – i.e. Apollo and Charlie X.

Had Sevrin not been “mad,” he likely would have been this kind of tragic villain protagonist who would have realized his mistake too late and the story would have ended on an unequivocal downbeat note. However, he can’t occupy that role because Irina and Chekov turn out to be the protagonists – the events changing each of them modestly for the better. It’s not very satisfying, but that’s the result when you feature a supporting character as protagonist but don’t really commit to it.

134. jimj - June 17, 2008

#126 & 127-That shot is actually MY PET PEEVE about this project. I like ALMOST everything else they do, but that shot makes me ill. It screams of plastic…I think I said that the first time they ever used it. If they use that shot in the new movie, I may barf into my popcorn bag!

135. Commodore Z - June 17, 2008

I really like the shot of the Enterprise banking off to the right. Elegant and dynamic. It captures the airplane-like style of the original ship moves.

To each his own, I suppose.

136. Dom - June 18, 2008

Hi Harry Ballz (55)

I like Spock’s Brain. It’s silly, but fun. I don’t think the third season’s as big a sin as some people. I know Roddenberry considered most of it to be non-canon (along with TAS and STII-VI) but there’s been worse on TV!

137. Harry Ballz - June 18, 2008

Dom, I appreciate your opinion. Yes, I agree the third season is a guilty pleasure……..like watching those “B” movies that are so bad they’re good!

138. Jeremy - June 23, 2008

It’s a clunker…but a cool clunker. The tree’s bark would not be as malignent as the fruit…or at least not as harmful…seeing as it’s more of a solid.

139. Jim the Spaced-Invader - September 18, 2008

I love the image & design of the new “Aurora”, but I totally detest the editing being done by CBS to the old series replacing the original ship images with someone’s ideas of what defines Gene Roddenbery ‘s intent. As far as the design, it really looks correct for the period but it should not replace an already established design. If CBS wants to introduce new ship designs select episodes where ships were mentioned and not shown, then show these ships.

I also thought some of the ships shown during the series run of “Enterprise” were too advanced for the several already established races such as the Klingons and Romulans and would have been better depicted with retro ship designs. The same holds true for the Enterprise NX-01.

I love to see more spacecraft from the time of the original series, just not replacing previously established ships. What next? Replacing the original Enterprise NCC 1701 with some radical new & improved design.

Just because Mr. Spielburg decides to edit out the guns shown in the original “ET”, and Mr. Lucus reedits his “Star Wars” films to show what they intended but didn’t have the funding for, shouldn’t allow for any person with a bigger budget to change the work of another artist.

This is my opinion. The Spaced-Invader

140. Booger Jones - November 11, 2008

I feel they can and should extend and enhance these in any way they want. It’s good to see new interpretations.

We always have the originals to go back and enjoy.

141. Michelle S. - July 8, 2009

Actually, I like this episode. It’s far more watchable than many third season endeavors. Unlike so many of the heavy-handed, tedious (and boring) episodes from that year, “The Way To Eden” is relatively light and its guest characters are likable and friendly (even the insane Dr. Sevrin is charismatic).

Charles Napier’s Adam makes this episode for me. He’s so good-natured that when he dies at the end, it’s rather sad.

I’ll go out on a limb here and say that TWTE is one of the more watchable episodes from this season. It’s far less tedious than stinkers like “Spock’s Brain”, “And The Children Shall Lead”, or even “The Empath” (this last one looks to have been filmed ala the third season of Batman – a few props on a pitch-black soundstage).

Bring on the Blu-Rays!

142. Shona - November 6, 2010

I’ve just received season three. I’m really enjoying it for the most part.

I really like this episode – and I think it’s interesting when a great many people with this mind set are in power in the West -ex- 68ers.

It’s extremely well judged.

And Spock’s Brain rocks.

143. Victor - November 23, 2010

I love this episode despite its faults. Spock Jam is cool.
Herbert Herbert Herbert Herbert.

144. Sean - June 14, 2012

“Headin out to Eden……yyyyeaaaaaaaa bruthaaa” I actually sing that to my 3 year old and 10 month old sometimes in the morning. How life changes!

Agree that as a child of the 70s and 80s this was a key part of my hippie understanding. Although, growing up in the SF Bay area – a LOT of folks pretty much looked like these guys! In a way; this is a great reminder for me of what it was like to drive through Berkeley back then.

The songs to me are somewhat profound and I think in 50 years this episode will be used to explain the times to a T. Remember; the hippie movement and indeed the punk rock movement (to which I’m a bit more related to due to my age) were not orchestrations with 60 piece symphonies but improvisational from-the-heart verses that skipped a lot of fakery.

The third season is the truest reflection of the times of all the seasons (of course) and it seems sometimes they almost completely lose their space subtext and went metaphor all-the-way. Case in point – one of my favorite episodes “The Savage Curtain” which explains all you need to know about the conflict back then. Are we rid of it? Don’t kid yourselves.

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