The Enterprise in attacked by a missile, launched from an asteroid on an independent collision course with highly populated planet, Darren 5, in 396 days, which has simple atomic power and an internal atmosphere, but no inhabitants. McCoy has found he's the only unhealthy crew member: only one year of life left. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to the asteroid surface but are suddenly overpowered by sword-bearing men, commanded by high-priestess Natira who makes them kneel before a worshiped oracle, which smites them down electrically. They are given a medicine by an old servant who suffers pain twitches while telling them "things are not as they teach us", and that he once climbed the mountain and touched the sky. He then dies. The earthly visitors are now offered hospitality. The high-priestess asks McCoy to stay as her mate and explains the people is on its way to a new, green world, 'soon' according to the oracle. Kirk and Spock discover the oracle was build by the alien Fabrini ... Written by
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The character name of the Starfleet Admiral is "Westervliet," which is of Dutch origin, the same as the writer of this episode, Hendrik Vollaerts
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When preparing to go to Yonada, Kirk enters the transporter but his right foot is off the disk on the floor when the camera cuts and we hear the transporter activation sound. When he arrives he is fully intact, foot and all. However, this is a common practice, as they are able to transport large crates of equipment which is much bigger than an individual pad, which shows one does not have to be exactly on the pad for transport. See more
[studying the inscriptions on a door
The writing is definitely Fabrini, Captain. I recognize it.
Captain James T. Kirk
Fabrini... Didn't the Fabrini sun go nova and destroy its planets?
Yes. Toward the end, the Fabrini people lived underground as these people do, to protect themselves.
Captain James T. Kirk
Some of them must have been put aboard this ship and sent to another planet. And these... are their descendants.
Referenced in Free Enterprise