posted on Apr, 13 2010 @ 07:51 PM
Wow, it's been years since viewing this episode. When it originally aired, Star Trek did indeed go where no science fiction series had gone
before....boldly taking on contemporary cultural issues, some controversial, in a way both cerebral/inquisitive (Spock-like) and emotional/playful
(Kirk and the other humans of his crew).
It was precisely this deeper thinking, cerebral nature of the show that ultimately was its downfall. Hey, when someone could forget the tumultuous
world around them by being entertained with an astronaut and his genie, total laughter and buffoonery, why watch a show that made you THINK about the
world around you?
I can remember this episode, being enchanted at first sight of the space hippies, but then, as the show progressed, you saw the darker side of the
group. The leader had his own personal agenda, and the ultimate Utopian world they wanted to find turned out inhospitable and lethal.
Ultimately, though, the "hippies" were encouraged to continue in trying to find "Eden". Somewhere, somehow, sometime humanity must find a way to
recreate itself. Just as the crew of the Enterprise would continue to go where no man had gone before.