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Return of the Archons

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EPISODE DATA

Title ----------------- Return of the Archons
Teleplay -------------------- Boris Sobelman
Story -------------------- Gene Roddenberry
Director --------------------- Joseph Pevney
Original Air Date ----------- February 9, 1967
Order of Filming ----------------------- 22nd
Order of Broadcasting ------------------ 21st
Filmed ----------- Early & mid December 1966


REGULAR CAST

Captain James T. Kirk -------- William Shatner
Lieutenant Cmdr. Spock ------ Leonard Nimoy
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy -- DeForest Kelley
Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery Scott -- James Doohan
Lieutenant Sulu --------------- George Takei
Lieutenant Uhura ------------ Nichelle Nichols



GUEST CAST

Landru ------------------- Charles Macaulay
Reger ----------------------- Harry Townes
Tamar -------------------------- Jon Lormer
Hacom ---------------------- Morgan Farley
Marplon --------------------- Torin Thatcher
Tula --------------------------- Brioni Farrell
Lindstrom ------------------ Christopher Held
Lt. O'Neil --------------------- Sean Morgan
Lawgiver #1 ----------------------- Sid Haid
Bilar -------------------------- Ralph Maurer
Lt. Leslie --------------------- Eddie Paskey
Guard ------------------------ David L. Ross
Yoeman Tamura --------------- Milo Mayama
Dancing woman ------------- Barbara Weber
Stunt double --------------------- Bob Clark


TITLE REFERENCE

"Return of the Archons"

Greek 'arche' = first and 'archon' means ruler or magistrate; gnostic, angelic spirits of great power.  A study of primacy and rulership.  The USS Archon was the 'first' to challenge Landru's hold on the society and the Archons were expected to return to save the natives again.


ORIGINAL TITLES

Visit to Paradise
Landru's Paradise


UNUSUAL FOREIGN TITLES

Germany -------------- Landru and Eternity

Japan ------------- The Dictator on Beta III
Portugal ------------------------- Red Hour


STORY SYNOPSIS

The U.S.S. Enterprise is investigating Beta III, where the U.S.S. Archon disappeared over 100 years before.

When the landing party exhibits strange behavior, Kirk sends another party down to investigate. They find the culture on Beta III is quiescent, with no creative tendencies. The entire culture is controlled by a group of 'lawgivers' known as "The Body" which is, in turn, controlled by the omniscient Landru. The inhabitants change from normal, peaceful people to a violent mob at the coming of the Red Hour. This 'Festival' is the society's only outlet for the tyrannical hold that Landru has over them at all other times.

Meanwhile, the U.S.S. Enterprise is being pulled from its orbit, its crew to be absorbed into the Body. This, they discover, is what happened to the U.S.S. Archon, so many years before.

Archon survivors have formed an underground of sorts to fight the Body, and they help Kirk and Spock reach Landru. Landru turns out to be an incredibly complex computer built by Landru, a scientist who lived 6,000 years before, who wanted to guide his people into a peaceful, civilized progress.

Landru had affected the computer with his scientific thoughts and memories, but not his wisdom. For centuries the computer, 'Landru,' has been interpreting his suggestions to the point that no one is allowed independent thought. Kirk tells the computer that instead of helping to nurture the culture of Beta III, it has harmed it. Landru destroys itself, leaving the Betans to work toward the sort of culture Landru had wanted so many centuries before. With the promise of Federation help on the way, Kirk and his crew beam back to the U.S.S. Enterprise.



RETURN OF THE ARCHONS

Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 23


(1) Action ------------------- 9.71 KB
Captain Kirk


(2) Stand -------------------- 4.89 KB
Lawgiver

I like the Lawgivers' voice.


(3) Attack ------------------- 6.66 KB
Lawgiver


(4) Absorbed ---------------- 17.5 KB
Lawgiver

Resistance is futile . . .


(5) Gentle ------------------- 29.7 KB
Lawgiver


(6) Logical ------------------- 5.14 KB
Mr. Spock


(7) Understand -------------- 31.0 KB
Lawgiver


(8) Havoc ------------------- 27.2 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(9) Landru ------------------- 9.71 KB
Landru


(10) Reaction ---------------- 25.2 KB
Mr. Spock


(11) Communing ------------- 12.7 KB
Lawgiver


(12) Robes ------------------ 33.8 KB
Lt. O'Neil - Mr. Spock

I like what Spock says here.
The lesson: Just because something
LOOKS primitive, doesn't mean it is.


(13) Joy --------------------- 22.1 KB
Captain Kirk


(14) Contentment ------------ 9.71 KB
Mr. Spock


(15) Body ------------------- 44.2 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. McCoy


(16) Thinking ---------------- 5.40 KB
Captain Kirk


(17) Traitors ----------------- 23.9 KB
Dr. McCoy - Captain Kirk


(18) Report ------------------ 5.65 KB
Mr. Spock


(19) Freedom ---------------- 15.3 KB
Captain Kirk

Very true.


(20) Invaded ---------------- 16.3 KB
Landru


(21) Job --------------------- 20.3 KB
Captain Kirk

Humour in bad taste, wouldn't you say?
Kirk just turned this society upside down and now
he's making wise cracks.  A bit out of character.
But then Kirk was very frustrated with these
people so maybe this IS in character.


(22) Splendid ---------------- 13.7 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

Great dialogue!!


(23) Peaceful ---------------- 32.5 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk

Kirk messed with this society a lot!

It would be interesting to return to this planet
in a hundred years or so and see what has become
of the society sans Landru.


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