And the Children Shall Lead


And the Children Shall Lead

Kids! An evil non corporeal being! Space swords! How does one explain an episode that defies explanation? Summon John and Ken to find out as they put “And the Children Shall Lead” in the Mission Log.

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  • Trivia: Does this kid look familiar ? That’s right – he played Peter, the son of Kirk’s dead brother, Sam just a couple of episodes ago in “Space Madness – Operation Annihilate! at the end of season two.
    In a scene cut from that episode Kirk and his nephew discuss having Peter returning to live on Deneva .
    I guess we know what happened to him ???

  • CupidsArt

    If this episode were filmed a year later I would have imagined it to be influenced by the Manson Family murders, but that still wouldn’t have saved this.

  • James W. Maertens

    Hi. Starting late on Mission Log, and am loving it. It’s become a constant companion… like in METAMORPHOSIS… Anyway, here’s a thought on AND THE CHILDREN… the Manson Family comment by CupidsArt is good because I think the production values aside, this episode is about the danger of cults. I remember in the 70’s how scared everyone was about cults and (though I was only 8) I suspect this was true in ’68 too. I do remember this being probably my most hated episode, yet it was effective for the young mind. I hated the chanting and when the “angel” turned ugly. For Christian believers this was serious business and Gorgan in his “shower curtain” came across as an angel. At the same time, the “power of positive thinking” business was highly suspect as a Godless doctrine that undermined the church teaching that you accomplished things through God’s grace and your faith. Whether you read this as a straight critique of cults and cult leaders with New Age ideologies, or as a parody of the fear of them, it sort of works on an emotional level (especially for kids). What Trek subtly does is take this prevalent fear and let Kirk overcome it and reveal it as just another incorporeal being — no gods, no angels. Even “devils” are folklore and ultimately nothing we humans can’t overpower (with human emotions!). It is an anti-myth message like that in WHO MOURNS. And it is one in so many dealing with incorporeal aliens and “esper’ powers — the power of the pure mind, “pure energy” aspect of our own beings. Arguably, Gorgan didn’t give these kids powers — he just showed them how to use them, albeit for vaguely evil intentions. Well, no. Really, just for ice cream.

    • Really good read on some of the underlying concerns of this episode, James. Still doesn’t quite redeem it, of course 😉
      But, yes, the cult aspect of it, the whole idea of “mind control” and, in the end, using rationalism to beat the “ghost” – all classic Trek.

  • Low Mileage Pit Woofie

    You guys have challenged your listeners to write in and defend this episode.


    I want to know what “chocolate wobble” ice cream is like… AND we get to see what Melvin Belli would look like with fifth stage syphilis on his face…

    There you go!

  • Jason Williams

    I love listening to you guys quote scripture. 🙂