3x03 The Paradise Syndrome
First Aired: Oct. 04, 1968 on NBC
Series Main Characters
Dr. McCoy: Typical human reaction to an idyllic natural setting. Back in the 20th century, we referred to it as the 'Tahiti Syndrome'. It's particularly common to over-pressured leader types, like starship captains.
Captain James T. Kirk: And that lake.
Dr. McCoy: I swear that's honeysuckle I smell.
Captain James T. Kirk: I swear that's a little orange blossom thrown in. It's unbelievable. Growth, exactly like that of Earth, on a planet half a galaxy away. What are the odds of such duplication?
Mr. Spock: Astronomical, Captain.
Mr. Spock: [studying his screen] I accept the responsibility, Doctor.
Dr. McCoy: And my responsibility is the health of this crew. You've been driving yourself too hard; now I want you to get some rest.
Mr. Spock: [using the comm panel] Mr. Chekov, resume heading, 883 mark 41.
Dr. McCoy: Back to that planet without warp speed? It'll take MONTHS, Spock!
Mr. Spock: Exactly 59.223 days, Doctor; and that asteroid will be four hours behind us, all the way.
Dr. McCoy: Well, then what's the use? We might not be able to save the Captain, even if he still is alive! We might not be able to save ANYTHING, including this ship!
Dr. McCoy: You haven't heard a word I've said. All you've been doing is staring at that blasted obelisk!
Mr. Spock: Another calculated... Vulcan risk, Doctor.
- Goof (plot holes): Given the urgency of heading off the asteroid, what was Kirk & co. doing on the planet surface at the start of the story? This seems an unnecessary waste of precious time - their ability to confirm the presence of human life from orbit, via ship's sensors, had long since been established.
- Goof (plot holes): When debating on whether to return to the ship or search for Kirk, McCoy exclaims that the asteroid won't reach the planet for two months; however, later in the same conversation, Spock uses two rocks to show the position of the planet and the changing position of the asteroid. If the speed of Spock's "example" is correct, the asteroid will hit the planet in mere minutes, not months.
- Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Salish confronts Kirk/Kirok on his wedding day, he says Kirok's name without moving his lips.
- Goof (continuity error): Nurse Chapel beams down from the Enterprise (with presumably calm air) into a wind storm; however, the image makes it look like a similar storm is occurring in the Enterprise transporter room.
- Goof (continuity error): Miramanee rescues a drowned boy from the bottom of the river. However, as she sits the boy down, his clothing is still dry and after Kirk administers artificial respiration, the boy does not cough up any water. Had his clothes dried by sunlight, too much time would have elapsed for the boy to be revivable.
- Paradise Syndrome - though not officially recognized as a mental condition by psychologists - is a term conferred upon those who feel dissatisfied despite having achieved all their dreams. (Here it is used merely to describe someone who is overworked and needing a break - whether ostensibly Captain Kirk or obliquely series creator Gene Roddenberry.)