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In the Remastered Episodes Chronology, the release sequence is
The Lights of Zetar : The Way to Eden : Requiem for Methuselah.

Summary

The Enterprise rescues a group of six "hippies" led by Dr. Sevrin from a stolen ship whose engines they have unwisely overloaded. Kirk is advised to bear with the behavior of the group, as the son of the Catullan Ambassador is among them. Spock establishes a dialogue with the group, in particular with the musician Adam. The hippies hope to find a planet called "Eden"[N 1] where they plan to lead a simple and peaceful life, and Spock locates that planet for them.

Chekov discovers that his former girl-friend Irina belongs to the group too, and inadvertently helps them to hijack the ship when he shows her the auxiliary controls. Once they arrive at Eden, Sevrin and his people disable the crew with ultrasonic sound. They find a world where everything is beautiful but poisonous. Adam eats an indigenous fruit that kills him, and when a landing party beams down to rescue the rest of the group, the obviously insane Sevrin commits suicide when he bites into a fruit too.

Errors and Explanations

Internet Movie Database

Revealing mistakes

  1. In the brig, when Sevrin turns his back to the camera, the wrinkles of his bald cap are visible. Couldn't this be a side effect of the disease Servin is afflicted with?

The Nitpicker's Guide for Classic Trekkers

Plot Oversights

  1. This episode keeps referring to “starbase.” Kirk will take them there. Kirk wants a message sent there at the beginning of the episode and at the end. However, Kirk never says which starbase.Most likely the closest one to Enterprise's location.
  2. Evidently all the Romulans are down for their afternoon naps, because none of their ships shows up to challenge the Enterprise- even though the Enterprise flies into Romulan space to get to Eden. Yet again, fortune smiles on the flagship of the Federation. Eden could be in the Federation half of the Netural Zone.
  3. After Sevrin and his followers leave the ship, Kirk shuts oft the ultrasonic sound and calls the bridge. He asks if they have control of the ship, and the answer comes back, “No.” Moments later he asks if they can break orbit it they need to, and the answer comes back, “l think so.” Did I miss something here? Don’t you need control of the ship to break orbit? The engineering staff could have restored partial control between Kirk's two questions.
  4. Soon after following Dr. Sevrin and his students to Eden, a landing party discovers one of them dead underneath a tree. You can tell he was a musician. Even in death, the index finger on his right hand keeps strumming.Possibly an automatic nerve reaction to the presence of acid in the soil.
  5. The landing party discovers that the plants on the planet are filled with acid. The vegetation bums the skin with a simple touch. Yet once the landing party locates Sevrin and the others inside the shuttle, they drag them outside! Since Sevrin and the others wear few clothes, their feet are already burned from the acid. Why, then, is Kirk hauling them out of the shuttle? Wouldn’t it be better to leave them inside with the protection it affords? The landing party want Sevrin and his followers to understand the severity of the dangers.[N 2]

Continuity And Production Problems

  1. The stolen spacecraft is a Tholian vessel flipped around with engine nacelles attached. Possibly a coincidental copy of a Tholian ship.[N 3]
  2. The establishing shot of a lake comes from Shore Leave. The Caretaker's people could have modeled the Shore Leave planet lake on the one shown here.

Nit Central

  1. John A. Lang on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 - 11:44 pm: Why didn't Kirk use the "knockout gas" from Space Seed to arrest Dr. Severin & his gang? Kirk is under orders to handle the group gently, and give them free rein of Enterprise, because one member of Severin's group is the son of a Catullan ambasador.
  2. steve McKinnon (Steve) on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 11:33 am: Here's a big one that nobody has addressed yet: What the heck was Spock doing analyzing planets IN THE ROMULAN EMPIRE???!!! He's supposed to be finding a planet suitable for colonization by the hippies, a.k.a. FEDERATION CITIZENS, one of them being the son of the Catulan ambassador, whom Kirk has been told to protect from trouble, but he's looking for a suitable colony planet in ENEMY TERRITORY, where they, as FEDERATION CITIZENS, could never colonize! They are heading for the area which Dr Severin's research indicates is the most likely location for Eden.

Ex Astris Scientia

  1. The planet Eden is said to have no animal life, but the colorful flowers indicate that there should be something like insects. The plants may have evolved the ability to exsist without insects.

Notes

  1. This is a reference to the Biblical Garden of Eden
  2. This error, and the preceding one, are listed under Revealing Mistakes in the IMDB entry.
  3. This is replaced with a new design in the remastered version.


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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