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3.75 : The Way To Eden.
The groovy episode with the Hippies.
IMHO the various creators of Star Trek were usually more careful with their vision of the future than here. For example, instead of the analogue electric meters, and the spools of magnetic tape, that other SciFi programmes of the time would use on their futuristic equipment and computers, they went instead for a completely sureal look that wouldn't get dated, or at least not as quickly. Instead of mirroring the turbulent events of the sixties in a more usual dystopian future, it was a vision in which mankind endured, and social upheaval and world wars were a thing of the past.
So, bearing that in mind, why could they possibly believe that hippies would still exist, with the same clothes, hairstyles and musical tastes as in the Nineteen Sixties? And would Spock really feel so much sympathy for their cause, that the usually reticent Vulcan would join in a "jam session"?
Luckily, it is an international holiday on Romulus; something like an American Thankgiving and a Scottish New Year's Day combined together. The Enterprise ploughs straight through Romulan space to get to Eden, yet no Romulan ships show up to challenge her, no cloaked vessels stalk her and no diplomatic incident results.
This episode again deals with the "expulsion from Paradise" theme that was encountered already in 'The Return of the Archons', 'This Side of Paradise', 'The Apple', and 'A Private Little War'. Here, the hippies discover their paradise in a planet called Eden, only to discover that the plant life is acid-filled and the fruit is poisonous.