Monday, January 21, 2019

The Return of the Archons

TOS Season 1 Episode 21
Air Date: February 9th, 1967

The Enterprise is investigating a planet where they believe the USS Archon was lost almost over a century prior. Sulu returns from an away mission, the sole survivor, but he is acting weird. Almost as if he were drugged. He starts spouting out stuff about the will of Laundru.

Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to investigate and find a very peaceful civilization. Everyone is in this euphoric state. But when the clock strikes six, everyone changes into a wild almost violent state. The away team learns about the history of the planet through a local that seems to be unaffected but we don't really learn why the people go violent at night.

They all get captured, McCoy gets brainwashed to follow Laundru. Kirk and Spock discover that there is a computer which contains the downloaded consciousness of a being from long ago called Laundru.

The part of the episode that is interesting is how Kirk convinces the computer that it is the cause of evil, something it is trying to prevent causing the computer to self destruct. Spock first informs Kirk that it is against General Order 1, aka the Prime Directive, to interfere with another's societies development even when it might improve that society.

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