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According to Memory Alpha's In Universe Timeline, the story sequence is:
The Paradise Syndrome : And the Children Shall Lead : The Enterprise Incident.
In the Remastered Episodes Chronology, the release sequence is
The Immunity Syndrome : And the Children Shall Lead : All Our Yesterdays.

Summary

All scientists of the outpost on the planet Triacus have apparently committed suicide, but their children do not seem to be troubled about it at all. They are under the influence of the "Friendly Angel" Gorgan, a non-corporeal being from Triacus that is actually responsible for the deaths.

The children help Gorgan induce hallucinations in the crew to take the ship to Marcus XII, where he hopes to find more victims. Two crewmen die as they are beamed into space because unbeknownst to the crew the ship is no longer in orbit of Triacus. But Kirk and Spock finally convince the children to turn against Gorgan, showing them what he has done to their parents.

Errors and Explanations

The Nitpicker's Guide for Classic Trekkers

Plot Oversights

  1. The departure of the Enterprise from Triacus strands two security guards on the planet. No mention is ever made of going back for them. They were probably retrieved en route to Star Base 4.
  2. As part of a process to bring the children back to reality, Kirk tells Spock to play the chant the children used to “summon up the Gorgan." How does Kirk know that the creature is called a Gorgan? The episode dialogue never refers to the being as such until Kirk uses the term. An educated guess, possibly based on Kirk's knowledge of Earth myths.

Equipment Oddities

  1. After finding the dead scientists on the planet, Kirk uses the leader’s tricorder to play back one of his log entries. Now, isn't that a convenient feature to have on a tricorder? A playback function. Sure would have been nice to have one of those on Spock's tricorder during The City on the Edge of Forever! See entry for that episode for a possible explanation
  2. Back on the ship, Kirk views the logs made by the leader of the expedition. During the playback, the leader holds his tricorder. If the tricorder is making the recording, how can it show up in the picture’? His tricorder could be receiving transmission from another source, such as a second tricorder.
  3. And speaking of these log entries, the leader of the expedition gives the star dates as 5025.3, 5032.4, and 5038.3. Kirk gives the star date on his log at the beginning of the episode as 5029.5, and the leader died just after the Enterprise arrived. How could the leader make log entries after he died? The exhibition's chronometer could have been faulty. [N 1]
  4. After the children commandeer the ship, Kirk beams two security guards down to the planet to relieve those on duty. He is unaware that the Enterprise no longer orbits Triacus. The transporter chief beams them out into space. Does this seem right? Shouldn't there be some sort of sensor check to make sure the destination is actually there before beaming? They would probably see the planet on the sensors during the check, due to the influence of the children.
  5. Seeing the captain consumed by a fear of losing command, Spock hurries him off the bridge. The pair practically run into a turbolift. The ever-sensitive turbolift not only starts up without any instructions from Kirk or Spock, it also guesses their destination and takes them there! The sensors probably detected the need for Kirk to leave the bridge.

Continuity and Production Problems

  1. Evidently, the creators didn’t have all the opticals done when they put together the trailer for this episode. The teaser shows the Gorgan with his face disintegrating, but he is solid. in the episode he is always transparent. Possibly a natural ability of the species.

Notes

  1. Listed as a Character Error on the IMDB entry.


The Original Series Season 3
Spectre of the Gun I Elaan of Troyius I The Paradise Syndrome I The Enterprise Incident I And the Children Shall Lead I Spock's Brain I Is There in Truth No Beauty? I The Empath I The Tholian Web I For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky I Day of the Dove I Plato's Stepchildren I Wink of an Eye I That Which Survives I Let That Be Your Last Battlefield I Whom Gods Destroy I The Mark of Gideon I The Lights of Zetar I The Cloud Minders I The Way to Eden I Requiem for Methuselah I The Savage Curtain I All Our Yesterdays I Turnabout Intruder
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