Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Paradise Syndrome
This appears to be the full episode of The Paradise Syndrome (Stardate 4842.6 for ST buffs), one of a handful to deal expressly with American historical themes. The episode finds Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy on a distant planet that bears a remarkable resemblance to earth. They come across an obelisk, where Kirk falls through a hatch into an inner chamber, and has his memory cleansed. He soon finds himself treated as a deity among the native villagers. The episode plays on a number of white man-meets-native themes, although the stereotypes that are presented have irritated a few critics over the years. Here's a link to Star Trek and History: Race-ing Toward a White Future which offers criticism of the series.
You might recognize Sabrina Scharf, who played Kirk's love interest in this episode. She had quite a number of small parts in movies and television episodes in the 60s and 70s, including Easy Rider.