The Return of the Archons
Episode 22 of 30 within Season One. Item 22 of 90 overall.
Production number 022.
Gene Roddenberry - Story
Boris Sobelman - Teleplay
Joseph Pevney - Director
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Stardate: 3156.2 --The Enterprise travels to a planet that was the last known location of a Federation ship, the Archon, that went missing a century ago. Sulu is "infected" with the peacefulness and Kirk must take down a landing party to investigate.They find an Earth-like society that exists in absolute peace... Except once a year when they have a Festival and everyone not indoors becomes maniacally violent.

original airdate--February 9, 1967  Remastered Date:December 8, 2007

music: "Theme from Star Trek" "Where No Man Has Gone Before" by Alexander Courage

Goofs--As McCoy tries to strangle Kirk, Kirk puts his hands on McCoy's shoulders. In the next close-up, his hands are gone. The shot after that they are on his shoulders once more.

Trivia--Ben Stiller named his production company "Red Hour" after this episode.


Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Klingon: logh: HeH Qav'e'. DaH 'entepray' Duj lengmey lutalu'. Qu' vagh-DIS: Huj chu' qo', yISam yIn tayqeq chu', vay' boldly nuqDaq V pagh 'ej explore.


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Previous episode :
021 Court Martial
Next episode :
023 Space Seed

alternative title

Also known as - Klingon=chegh Archons

regional titles

De terugkeer van de Archons
The Return of the Archons
Le retour des Archons
Landru und die Ewigkeit
An Tuairisceán na Archons
Il ritorno degli Arconti
El retorno de los arcontes