Tread Perilously — Star Trek: The Way To Eden

Tread Perilously begins its annual Star Trek month with the TOS episode “The Way to Eden.”

The Enterprise intercepts a ship stolen by an ambassador’s son and his pals, who all follow a cult leader known as Dr. Severin. Their youth, colorful clothes, and love of music put them at odds with the square Starfleet staff and Captain Kirk, whom they call “Herbert.” Dr. Severin has a plan to get to a planet known as Eden, which happens to exist in Romulan space. When he manages to take control of the Enterprise and cross the Neutral Zone, it’s up to Kirk and company to stop him from reaching landing on a planet which may not be what he or his group expects.

Seth Linker joins Erik and Justin for an hour of fake hippies and scenes of Gene Roddenberry discussing sex. Erik tries to game the politics of writers D.C. Fontana and Arthur Heinemann. Seth points out some merit in the universally panned third season episode. Justin discusses the problems with future slang. He also posits that Captain Picard and Michael Jordan helped normalize balding for men in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Seth suggests the music is consciously recreating the worst of 60s folk rock and everybody enjoys the truth about Eden, which is in no way related to Sha Ka Ree.

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About Erik

Erik Amaya is the host of Tread Perilously and the former Head Film/TV writer at Bleeding Cool. He has also contributed to sites like CBR, Comics Alliance and Fanbase Press. He is also the voice of Puppet Tommy on "The Room Responds."
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