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Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 60: And The Children Shall Lead [VHS] (1966)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Marvin J. Chomsky  |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky
  • Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Edward J. Lakso
  • Producers: Edward K. Milkis, Fred Freiberger, Gene Roddenberry, Gregg Peters, Robert H. Justman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • VHS Release Date: April 15, 1994
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300213633
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Enterprise arrives at a distant research outpost to find all the adults dead and their children eerily cheerful. No sooner are they aboard the ship than the children begin taking over, using strange powers bestowed on them by a malevolent "friendly angel." The kids make for an engagingly creepy episode as they alter the crew's perceptions to play on their worst fears, all with angelic smiles on their faces. Kirk's stiff-necked nature is well played against the manic playfulness of the kids, and legendary attorney Melvin Belli (who enjoyed a moderately busy acting career in the late '60s) does an interesting turn as the smooth-talking angel. --Jeff Shannon

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The Enterprise arrives at Triacus to find the adults dead, their children less than interest in the fact, and a monstrously evil life-form that is using the children to invade the galaxy.

Famed attorney Melvin Belli (whose clients included Errol Flynn, Jack Ruby and Lenny Bruce) appears as Friendly Angel/Gorgan, while the role of little Steve O'Connel is played by Belli's real-life son, Caesar (now a partner in his father's firm).
Notice that there is a new rec room in this episode. It had been used in "Elaan Of Troyius" but was edited out of the show.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Episodes Ever May 14, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Possibly the most intelligent and daring episode (no babes, no explosions) of all three seasons. It is quintessential Star Trek; searing social commentary disguised as `entertainment', which still "goes over the head" of most viewers, even today. Written by Edward Lakso (whose credits include Mission Impossible, Wild Wild West, Rockford Files, Barnaby Jones, Air Wolf), the plot describes the rise and fall of the Nazi Youth movement, where impressionable teens were encouraged to denounce their parents, swear allegiance to a charismatic govt official and propel his rise to power. Apparently Lakso had been observing China... because when this episode aired in 1968, Mao Tse-tung's Cultural Revolution was two years old, unleashing the identical, devastating, social anarchy. It was if an "angel of evil" (named `Chaos' in this episode) had hibernated after WWII, only to re-appear and initiate the same cycle of destruction, in a different country. In true Biblical, Greek, or Star Wars mythological style, Kirk is forced to confront and subdue his own "beast within" before tackling the external enemy, and exposing the `beautiful' angel for what he is; ugly naked Greed, exploiting innocent minds with the complicity of the "silent majority". If this episode makes you uncomfortable, don't blame it on the primitive production values; look inside yourself and think.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Plausible premise poorly executed July 7, 2008
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The Enterprise arrives at the science outpost on Triacus, only to find the adults dead and the children seemingly unconcerned about that fact. The children are taken aboard the Enterprise and it leaves orbit to take them to a star base. Triacus was the home of a legendary group of marauders and one, Gorgan, still survives. He is capable of dominating young minds and he has taken control of the children. Through them, he generates irrational and paralyzing fear in the Enterprise crew, which allows him to take over the ship. After a few futile attempts by Kirk and Spock to take the ship back, the children are shown images of them playing with their parents and then scenes of their parents' tombstones. Their grief breaks Gorgan's hold on them and Kirk regains control of the Enterprise.
This episode is one of several where seemingly powerful creatures easily take control of the Enterprise. The initial concept is not all that implausible, if a creature can control minds, the softest target would be a child. However, the idea breaks down when the children are then capable of controlling the mind of an adult. A creature with this power would not operate using the weak intermediate of a child, but go directly to controlling the mind of an adult. It is a potentially strong plot weakly executed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Underrated May 14, 2009
By Lokai
Format:VHS Tape
If you are going to watch an episode dealing with children, make it this one. By exposing the "beautiful" angel, Kirk shows how easy it is for sinister people to exploit innocent minds. This episode successfully demonstrated how weak evil leaders are without followers. Like Spock said, "Without followers, evil cannot spread". Not bad for an episode dealing with children. Season Three is kicking butt! Shame on you who bash the Third Season!
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