The Return of the Archons
Episode 22 of 30 within Season One. Item 22 of 90 overall.
Production number 6149-22.
Gene Roddenberry - Story
Boris Sobelman - Teleplay
Joseph Pevney - Director
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Stardate: 3156.2--3158.7 --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 09, 1967  

network: NBC

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


Alien Races: Betans 

Log Entries: 

  • "Captain's log, stardate 3156.2. While orbiting planet Beta III trying to find some trace of the starship Archon that disappeared here a hundred years ago, a search party consisting of two Enterprise officers were sent to the planet below. Mr. Sulu has returned, but in a highly agitated mental state. His condition requires I beam down with an additional search detail."
  • "Captain's log, stardate 3157.4. The Enterprise, still under attack by some sort of heat rays from the surface of Beta III, is now being commanded by Engineering Officer Scott. The shore party has been taken by the creature called Landru."
  • "Captain's log, stardate 3158.7. The Enterprise is preparing to leave Beta III in star system C-111. Sociologist Lindstrom is remaining behind with a party of experts who will help restore the planet's culture to a Human form."


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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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