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Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 29, Episodes 57 & 58: Elaan of Troyius/ The Paradise Syndrome (1966)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy  |  DVD
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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
  • Run Time: 4050 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KHK3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,112 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 29, Episodes 57 & 58: Elaan of Troyius/ The Paradise Syndrome" on IMDb

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Episode 57 - Elaan of Troyius - Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise are assigned to deliver Elaan, the beautiful Dohlman of Elas, to her rival planet Troyius. But her unruly behavior threatens to cost Kirk his ship.
Episode 58 - The Paradise Syndrome - The Enterprise's mission: to deflect an asteroid from colliding with a planet. But shortly after Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to survey the planet, Kirk vanishes.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE GREAT LOVE STORY WITH ONE TERRIBLE!!! November 26, 2002
Volume 29 of The Star Trek DVD Series features two of the show's early episodes from it's haphazard third and final season.
Although it is not necessarily a terrible episode of Star Trek, to be honest I have never been to fond of ELAAN OF TROYIUS. The story is rather weak as is the totally unconvincing love story between Kirk and Elaan The Dohlman Of Elaas. The story basically has Kirk and the crew trying to get the two planets (who have been at war for many years) Troyius and Elaas to be at peace with one another by wedding the royal members. However of course the ship turns into a battelfield between Elaan and Petri the Troyan negotiator. Elaan and her guards act completely barbaric and Krik tries to teach her some disipline. Of course Kirk falls in love with Elaan after he touches her tears and they make him her love slave. It's pretty far fetched if you ask me and thats why this episode suffers. The love story is simply not realistic and in the end Kirk acts if he lost true love to the Troyan leader. Uhh? he was seduced and became a tool! There was no love! I'm sorry but I just think this episode was just downright lame besides Elaan isn't that attractive in my opinion. Still this episode is worth one view, you never know you may like it?
There is a good scene with The Klingon battle cruiser but other then that this episode is a dud to me.
On the otherhand THE PARADISE SYNDROME is one of the third seasons finest episodes. Kirk and the crew beam down to a planet that is being threatened by a collision by an asteroid. They find Natives American inhabitants as well as a strange Alien Obelisk. Kirk accidently gets trapped inside the Obelisk and triggers a device that gives him amnesia.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kirk gets the babe----AGAIN! July 14, 2001
In "Elaan" we get our first look at the dreaded Klingon D-7 battle cruiser...complete with disruptor fire! It's so cool it's frozen! In "Paradise".....a "Star Trek" version of "Pocohontas"...maybe it should have been called "Trekohontas" : ) Seriously now, "The Paradise Syndrome" contains the best music in the 3rd season.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taming of the Shrew ! March 11, 2005
Elaan of Troyius

Operating in the Tellun Star System under Top Secret orders the Starship Enterprise must transport Elann, Dohlman of the planet Elas to the planet Troyius. She is to be wed to the ruler of the Troyius in the desperate attempt to stop the long running war in the Tellun Star System between Elas and Troyius. Petri, ambassador to the Troyian ruler is aboard the Enterprise to indoctrinate Elaan in Troyian culture and courtesies for the impending nuptials. The Enterprise's mission was to make sure that Petri and the party from Elas made it to Troyius without incident. Failure on the Federation's part to ensure that the joining was successful would result in not only continued war within the system but also would be catastrophic for Federation planning with the Klingon Empire claiming jurisdiction over the Tellun Star System. Arriving at the planet Elas the Enterprise beams up the Dohlman and her party. The Elasians who are from a very long and proud warrior tradition don't deal with their Federation hosts very well. Kirk orders the Enterprise to proceed on impulse power to Troyius allowing Petri time to complete his mission. Elaan and the impressive guard detail she has with her are less than receptive at the crew's attempt to make the voyage smooth and make the stay onboard the ship for her and her party comfortable. She's a spoiled, arrogant child in a woman's body and demeans everybody she comes into contact with. Ambassador Petri tries to complete his mission and finds out that the "job" is tougher that he thought it would be. On the bridge Mr. Spock's sensors pick up what appears to be a "sensor ghost" a reading which is discovered to be a Klingon Warship pacing the Enterprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Keeper! January 9, 2007
After having to endure a number of volumes of average at best episodes, we finally get a volume that is worthy of keeping if you are picking and choosing which ones to add to your library. Both episodes involve Capt Kirk and his short-lived love interests and yet both storylines and the acting that accompanies them are among the top 5 episodes of Season 3. In the first episode, we learn about self-sacrifice and how a princess has to learn to suppress her own desires and to give up her true love for the sake of the lives of many others. Overall a very good episode with nice twists and moments of excitement interspersed with the main love theme.

The second episode is similar to the first in that Capt Kirk gets the girl yet again and yet the emotional impact is greater as with the fine acting even from Shatner makes for a very convincing portrayal of a man blissfully ignorant albeit temporarily of his responsibilities and is allowed to fall in love and to enjoy married life. This is also one of the better directed episodes of all Trekdom and the opening shot of a beautiful forest and nature scene is one of the more enduring memories that I have of Classic Trek. This is again another very good episode with interesting subplots in this case a rogue asteroid that keeps the rest of the crew busy while the main theme of Kirk finding his true love runs its course.

Overall, two very good episodes that rank among best ever episodes of classic Trek. Recommended.
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