Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 11, Episodes 21 & 22: Tomorrow is Yesterday/ The Return of the Archons
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Also on this disc is "Return of the Archons," a cautionary story about mind control written by Gene Roddenberry. The tale begins when Ensign Sulu (George Takei) is taken hostage on an Earth-like planet with a primitive culture. Zapped by a weapon that leaves him under the control of someone or something named Landru, Sulu is then pursued by Kirk and Spock (Leonard Nimoy), who discover that Landru has the same grip on everyone else. Once Landru becomes aware of efforts by the captain and first officer to interfere with its bidding, Kirk and Spock become the target of a massive hunt by locals. A minor episode with a somewhat obvious scenario, "Return of the Archons" does have novel appeal in its heightened role for the ever-charming Sulu, and in Roddenberry's characteristically humane interest in elements that make people (and intelligent aliens) everywhere free to fulfill their destinies. The solution to the who-is-Landru mystery won't surprise anyone, but it may strike you as a prototype of several future episodes, from all the Trek series, involving centralized caretaking on various planets. --Tom Keogh
- Volume 11 Contains 2 Episodes: Episode #21 Tomorrow Is Yesterday & Episode #22 The Return of the Archons
- Digitally Enhanced and Remastered
- Special Added Bonus: Original Broadcast Preview Trailers
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The Return of the Archons bears the stamp of Gene Roddenberry. Many of Roddenberry's best stories focused on mind control and thinly disguised theocratic societies. In this case, "God" is a computer (as in the later episode, The Apple) and Kirk "kills" God with a dose of overpowering logic. Both the original series and the Next Generation dealt with this issue, but this was the first and most successfull attempt.
Paramount has once again done a fine job of remastering both sound and picture. Even the stock footage of Air Force jets from the 1960s story line has been cleaned up.
The first episode here TOMORROW IS YESTERDAY is a personal favourite of mine. This was one of the first Trek episodes to deal with time travel. The Enterprise goes into a black hole that takes them back to the late 1960's. There the crew confronts a US Fighter Pilot and is forced to beam the man aboard after his jet is destroyed by the ship's tractor beam. The pilot's name is Cpt. Christopher (played by Roger Perry) and Kirk realizes that he cannot return the young Captain to Earth because it may alter the course of time with his knowing of the Enterprise however Cpt.Christopher refuses to stay and tries to escape this leads to more problems on the Enterprise. The whole time travel plot was fairly good and the man on the moon thing was quite accurate to the timew period: the late 1960's. Comical moments include Kirk run in with the flirtatious computer as well as the Sgt.'s tour aboard the Enterprise(you'll know what i mean if you have seen the episode). This truly is a classic!
The other episode here is THE RETURN OF THE ARCHONS. Kirk and the crew visit a planet ruled by Landru a so called god who controls the minds of his people and punishs those who are not of the body. The episode has a bizarre yet interesting and enterating plot about mind controlling. It is so strange when Landru reveals what he actually is but not suprising when you see the way his minions act under his control.Read more ›
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Star trek great series. Buy the complete set unless you are like me filling in a partial set.Published 2 months ago by Michael D Yust
I bought this DVD, my VHS tape version was getting old. This one I viewed, had better picturequality than the VHS version.Published on November 19, 2013 by David DEgidio
I have always loved Star Trek and this has added great quality to the episodes as viewed on digital TV.Published on August 4, 2013 by L. K.
The DVD came quickly and it was new still in the shrink wrap with no defects or marks. DVD itself played perfectly given the fact that it is an original release from the year 2000.Published on April 13, 2013 by F-14TommyToro
On the strength of the first ep, I'm giving this one 3 stars. In this the first full ep with a time travel theme, we have an amusing story of the Enterprise getting inadvertantly... Read morePublished on July 31, 2006 by Frederick Baptist
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is one of the best time-travel episodes in all of Trek. It follows all the warnings and some of the potential benfits any time travel story has to reckonize. Read morePublished on March 9, 2004 by Stan
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