Friday, August 11, 2023

Star Trek: Paradise

Episode: "Paradise"
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Season 2, Episode 15
Original Air Date: February 13, 1994

via Memory Alpha

Commander Sisko and Chief O'Brien are stranded on an uncharted M-class planet.  The human inhabitants - apparently stranded themselves - have built a pre-tech utopian society.  Ben and Miles are welcomed but the two quickly learn that any transgressions against the founding principles are punished swiftly and brutally.  

"Paradise" is based on all-too-real-world cults.  Alixus, the community's leader, is a chilling antagonist:  charming, earnest and uncompromising.  She believes in what she's doing and genuinely pities our Starfleet heroes for their unwillingness to submit and join the cause.  The episode doesn't leave much to build on for future stories but certain elements, like the punishment box - very Cool Hand Luke-esque, stay with you.

via Memory Alpha

Acting Notes

via Night Court Wiki

Gail Strickland (Alixus) was born May 18, 1947.  To me, her deliberate, H-heavy delivery suggests someone working hard to cover an accent.  Yup, Southern.  Strickland is from Birmingham, Alabama.  

Films include The Drowning Pool, Norma Rae and The American President.  Strickland has numerous guest appearances on high-profile TV shows over several decades, going back as far as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H and The Bob Newhart Show.  She has been married to Neil Baker since 1990.  The couple have one daughter.


  1. Of course I haven't seen this episode but the theme is often filmed some better than others. The bad one is with TNG when the kid crashes into something and he is now to die. All the inhabitants look like Barbie and Ken with little outfits like they are ready to play beach volleyball.

    1. The episode you refer to is "Justice." William Ware Theiss was the costume designer that first season, as he had been for the original series. He specialized in clothing that looked like it could fall off at any given moment.