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"Star Trek: The Original Series, Vol. 38: The Way to Eden/Requiem for Methuselah (Full Screen)" [Import]
"The Way to Eden," Ep. 75 - Kirk and crew must deal with the insane leader of a band of rebellious idealists who are searching for the fabled planet Eden. " Requiem for Methuselah," Ep. 76 - An outbreak of Rigellian fever aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise forces Kirk to find an antidote on Holberg 917-G, where he meets the mysterious genius Flint.
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The Way to Eden - One of the most 'dated' of episodes, it should have been down without the obvious bow to the 'sixties hippy movement'. Spock was definitely 'out of character'in this episode. Walter Koenig got a decent piece of on air time for Chekov, one of the few pluses in the episode.
Requiem for Methuselah - Another episode that had a lot of promise, the writers fell back on a 'mountain of cliche's' in this story. Extending the story by staging accident's while allowing Kirk to romance an android?
Side Note: The Star Trek Universe has a big flaw when it comes to androids. In ST:Next Generation they make it look like Data was the first sentient android? What? Come on fans, would could forget Rayna?
This only the 2nd time a Kirk romance had any substance. But Spock should have used his "Forget" mind meld with Kirk in "The Paradise Syndrome", Shatner's best performance of the series.
THE WAY TO EDEN has to be one of the worst Star Trek episodes ever. By 1969 it was obvious that Star Trek's ratings had hit rock bottom. In order to appeal to the younger generation and the fast growing hippie culture. A bunch of very unhip network executives came up with the idea of bringing flower power to Star Trek. This was a blatant and weak attempt to try to make Star Trek hip. The results are completely laughable. This episode basically finds the Enterprise picking up a band of space hippies. Led by the mad Dr.Sevrin (played quite well by Skip Homeirer) these hippies basically run around the ship singing awful songs about the legendary planet they want to venture to called Eden. Eventually the hippies take control of the ship when their demands are not met but in the end Eden proves to be as deadly as it is beautiful. This episode is really bad. Chekov's relationship with his old flame is totally unconvincing and the acting is so bad it's laughable and the hippie songs will make you cringe. In fact this episode is so bad it's great. This may well be the (unintentionally) funniest Star Trek episode ever! Ungroovy people trying to make something groovy. This episode is a campy joke but that's what makes it a hilarious classic.
The other episode here, REQUIEM FOR METHUSELAH is actually better but it's overshadowed by the colourful campiness of THE WAY TO EDEN. This episode however has a plausible plot about control and the value of life in general. Good acting and nice plot twists and turns makes this episode a must. Somewhat of a tragic story brings out how serious this Trek outing actually is.Read more ›
THE WAY TO EDEN: Despite a good performance from Skip Homeier as Dr. Sevrin, the leader, his character has very little charisma to make him an even mere likable enemy personnel. The whole love story between Chekov and Irina is just terrible. How touching it is to see two souls reunited after so long, but they show zero chemistry right from the get-go. Again, another clear evidence that the writers were all out of ideas, so they blatantly recycle ideas used from earlier episodes. We had already seen a beautiful romantic interchange between Kirk and his long-lost love Ruth in SHORE LEAVE. Very badly written script sinks this episode.
REQUEIM FOR METHUSELAH: Several reviewers have claimed this as a minimal improvement over THE WAY TO EDEN, but mark my words, even for fans and collectors, this too is a bomb.Read more ›
The better of the two - though the less entertaining - is "Requiem for Methuselah," which brings Kirk, Spock and McCoy into contact with a cultured older man named Flint (James Daly) and his daughter Reena (Louise Sorel), on an otherwise abandoned planet where the Enterprise can obtain much needed Ritalin (not the kind you're thinking of). How exactly these two came to be out in the middle of nowhere - and fully self-sufficient - is a mystery for the three Enterprise principals to solve, along with that of Flint's unprecedented collection of entirely unknown and uncatalogued DaVinci paintings, Brahms and Beethoven symphonies, Shakespeare sonnets, etc. And just what, exactly, is his relationship to his "daughter," who truly is "the only girl in the world"?
This one performs much like the 1950's classic film, Forbidden Planet. The performances are quite good, Sorel especially, whose particulars are as much a mystery to herself as they are to everyone else. The scenery is sumptuous.
"The Way to Eden" was the inspiration for the equally laughable later movie series entry, Star Trek V. Truly, nothing is ever funnier than Establishment portrayals of Counterculture, and that's what this one is all about. The Enterprise picks up a handful of space hippies from a stolen space shuttle, who go around preaching, like, really groovy peace-'n-love, man, to the starship's crew - an', like, y'know, Captain Kirk is just so, I dunno, like, not receptive, man. But - WHOA! - SPOCK really groks their scene, dig? He's sympathetic to their desire to find the mythical planet Eden (our equivalent of Atlantis), even if their leader is a middle-aged mad doctor who's a real head-case (Skip Homeier). Well...Read more ›
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Wow. Some people here just analyze Star Trek way to much. It's a great show, always was and always will be. Kinda campy, but fantastic! How can you not love space hippies? Read morePublished on July 27 2007 by Robert F. Pucci
The Way to Eden-The notorious hippie episode is-like many Treks-best watched with tongue-in-cheek. Few episodes offer stronger proof of just how stodgy many of the older white men... Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by toby_tsang
A requiem is a mass for the dead. Methuselah lived 900 years but did die. Not so Mr. Flint, and old and tired man who cannot die but who has been dead for millenia. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2002 by Walter Mitty
Volume 38 of Paramount's complete reissue of Classic Trek contains two episodes which document the inconsistent quality of the series third season. Read morePublished on May 29 2002 by Hank Drake
Gonna snap my fingers and jump for joy, gotta clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy!
So, the third season is usually panned but how could you not love Spock "reaching"... Read more
Two of the worst stories in the history of TOS, but for different reasons. The 'Way to Eden' makes the mistake of trying to be trendy, and so dates badly. Read morePublished on March 3 2002 by J Mark
These are two of my favorites. A way to Eden shows a different side of the crew I think. Spock is actually hip for once instead of just clueless to human emotion. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2001 by John J. Keel
"The Way to Eden"...absolutely the WORST "Star Trek" episode of all time. Lame script...bad acting, lousy "flipped" images. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001 by McHenry John
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