Episode Title: "THE WAY TO EDEN"
Production Number: 75
Original Air Date: 02-21-69
Stardates: 5832.3, 5832.5, 5832.6
The U.S.S. Enterprise is in pursuit of the stolen space cruiser Aurora, which is heading towards Romulan space. The Aurora's engines overload in the pursuit, and the Enterprise beams aboard its passengers, a group of pilgrims seeking the mythical planet Eden, including the son of the Catullan ambassador; Catulla and the Federation are in crucial treaty negotiations. The group of pilgrims, which also includes an old girlfriend of Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov, is led by Dr. Sevrin, formerly a brilliant research engineer in the fields of acoustics, communication, and electronics on Tiburon.
Dr. McCoy discovers that Sevrin is a carrier of Synthococcus novae, a contagious disease that is dangerous to any uncivilized worlds; Severin is restricted to travel only to technologically advanced planets, though his group opposes technology.
Severin and his followers seize control of the Enterprise and take the ship into Romulan space, to a planet they believe to be Eden, but they find all the plant life on the planet is full of deadly acid. Sevrin eats a toxic fruit and dies rather than be taken back to civilization.
Factoid: Lt. Sulu is interested in botany, and is a specialist in weapons and navigation.
Guest Characters: Lt. Palmer, Nurse Christine Chapel
Alien Races: *Catullan, *Tiburonian
Starships: *Space Cruiser Aurora destroyed
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