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

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, Bill Blackburn
  • Writers: Gene Roddenberry
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KHK3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,329 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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These episodes are two of the best of the original or any series. In Elaan, not only is Kirk at his best when it comes to dealing with a "moody" female but it has one of the greatest space battle scenes. In Paradise, the Kirk love story will touch you as will some really great Scotty lines like "That Vulcan won't be satisfied till these panels are a puddle of lead". It doesn't get better than this.
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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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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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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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I am a big fan of the original Star Trek and watching these 2 episodes is always a big thrill for me. Sure the sets of the original series were simple but you don't see that. You believe you are watching a series where people are in space. Elaan of Troyius and The Paradise Syndrome are fun to watch because of the great chemistry all the actors had with each other.
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