Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 3, Episode 20
Original Air Date: February 21, 1969
This episode is much maligned by critics, though I have no issue with the basic premise. Many Star Trek stories are laden with social commentary and the counter culture was certainly fair game. Unfortunately, there are songs - truly awful songs. Guest stars Charles Napier (Adam) and Deborah Downey (Mavig) co-wrote several folk-songish numbers for the show with sappy, we-all-love-each-other-and-we're-gonna-be-so-groovy lyrics. I've been keeping a rolling eye out for a rock bottom point in Trek's final season and I believe I have found it in these songs.
Getting back to the story, one of the travelers, Irina (Mary Linda Rapelye), is an old flame of Chekov's from the Academy. It's worth noting that two of the past three episodes have involved a love interest for someone other than Captain Kirk. Anyway, the two young exes rehash the differences both personal and political that pulled their lives in different directions. Many, including actor Walter Koenig, have criticized the relationship as being out of character for the playboy Chekov but it was the part of the episode I enjoyed the most. Friends and lovers grow up together. If not for a few life choices, they might have shared a path but it didn't work out. For quite a lot of us, that's the tale of young adulthood.
But that doesn't make up for the songs...
Most of his work has been in television, mostly guest appearances but there were regular roles on Dan Raven and The Interns. "The Way to Eden" was actually his second Trek episode. He'd also played Melakon in "Patterns of Force."
Homeier has been married to his wife, Della Sharman, since 1963.