‘THIS SIDE OF PARADISE’ (TOS)
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‘This Side of Paradise’ is one of my favourite ‘Star Trek’ episodes from the series. This is the one with the ‘spores’, as Captain Kirk and the Enterprise visit a planet where the people are presumed-dead.
But it turns out they’re alive as they’re kept happy by the spores’ influence. Also Spock reunites with a former flame of his. He falls in love in this episode as his emotions become released by the spores.
I really like the idea of Spock falling in love in ‘Star Trek’. It’s something that’s rarely done, considering Spock is logical minded and he doesn’t show emotions as he follows on the Vulcan path.
Seeing Spock falling in love was a joy to see. It gives Leonard Nimoy a chance to deliver a terrific performance as Spock, who isn’t himself and he enjoys being in love with the girl on this alien planet.
Falling in love with Mr. Spock is Jill Ireland as Leila Kalomi. Leila clearly loves Spock and in this episode she’s determined to have Spock stay with her, as she takes him to get taken by the spores.
At first, Spock is unwilling to show emotions to Leila when she tries to win him around. But then when he gets hit by the spore, he becomes happy and shows a careless attitude when falling in love.
I found it funny when Kirk tries to call Spock on his communicator and Spock goes, “Yes, what do you want?” It doesn’t sound like Spock at all as he ignores Kirk and doesn’t want to be bothered by him.
Jill Ireland is lovely as Leila, the girl that Spock falls in love with. It’s interesting that she would fall for Spock, considering he’s logical and unemotional. She appears happy when influenced by the spores.
Frank Overton guest stars as Elias Sandoval, the leader of the human colony on this paradise planet of Omicron Ceti III. Sandoval is equally content staying on the planet, when influenced by the spores.
Kirk soon receives orders from Starfleet to remove the colonists from Omicron Ceti III. But Sandoval refuses to leave, as do the other colonists since they seem perfectly happy to remain on this planet.
Eventually, many of the Enterprise crew members get affected by the spore plants. One by one, everybody on the Enterprise commits mutiny by going off to Omicron Ceti III and stay on the planet.
Kirk remains the only left aboard the Enterprise. It’s a very moving scene when he finds he’s alone and he can’t figure out a way of getting his crew back aboard the Enterprise and to end this paradise.
But then Kirk gets affected by the spores and he soon too is ready to join everyone else on the planet below. That is until he finds himself into a rage and discovers strong emotions kill the spores.
In order to get his crew back, Kirk needs Spock to help him. It means a risk, as he manages to get Spock back aboard the Enterprise and personally insults him. This causes Spock to angrily attack Kirk.
Thankfully Spock breaks out of his anger and helps Kirk to kill the spores on the planet. I like how that scene was handled between Spock and Leila, when he manages to kill off the spores from her.
‘This Side of Paradise’ is a wonderful, classic ‘Star Trek’ episode from the series. It features a great performance by Leonard Nimoy as Spock who falls in love and is very memorable with those spores.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 6 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
On Disc 6 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there’s ‘Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories’.
‘This Side of Paradise’ (TOS) rating – 10/10
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