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Old May 18 2013, 08:03 PM   #61
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Re: If you wrote the next one, which original episode would you revisi

Shaka Zulu wrote: View Post

The episode was the shittiest ever devised for Star Trek: TOS, and didn't say anything that wasn't said in 'This Side of Paradise'.
*sigh*

No.

The messages of the two episodes are quite different. The Way to Eden is about the dangers of gurus - it says that putting your faith in a charismatic savior so that you don't have to think for or make choices for yourself will ultimately lead to dissapointment. This Side of Paradise says that a life of perfect bliss is also a life without accomplishment. The only thing they share is general dislike for the belief that living in Paradise would be cool - ironically the very idea that many have embraced as the core of "Roddenberry's Vision" for Star Trek as a whole.

The Way to Eden gets a bad rap. TOS did much, much worse episodes - I would rather watch Way to Eden on an endless loop than be subjected to the mind-numbing boredom of even a single viewing of That Which Survives, Wolf in the Fold or Spock's Brain.
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