Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 8

For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky (8 Nov. 1968)

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The Enterprise discovers an apparent asteroid that is on a collision course with a planet is actually an ancient populated generation ship.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Katherine Woodville ...
Natira (as Kate Woodville)
Scott / Oracle
Byron Morrow ...
Jon Lormer ...
Old Man


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 KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


The character name of the Starfleet Admiral is "Westervliet," which is of Dutch origin, the same as the writer of this episode, Hendrik Vollaerts (credited on screen as Rik Vollaerts). See more »


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. See more »


Dr. McCoy: There's something I need to tell you.
Natira: There is nothing you need to say.
Dr. McCoy: But there is.
Natira: Then tell me, if the telling is such a need.
Dr. McCoy: I have an illness for which there is no cure. I have one year to live.
Natira: Until I saw you, there was nothing in my heart. It sustained my life, but nothing more. Now, it sings. I could be happy to have that feeling for a day, a week, a month... a year. Whatever the Creators hold in store for us.
[they kiss]
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Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »

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1 December 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This was an episode of the original Star Trek series that I really liked. Several millenniums ago a civilized race built a giant spaceship and camouflaged it with material to make it look like a moon that was detached from planetary orbit. The reason was to make sure no one looked at it with any suspicions and that the chosen survivors would arrive at a new world and just take up the civilization again.

It's gone horribly wrong and the ship never really arrived and now the humanoids living there don't even realize they're living inside a giant ship. The artificial sun and stars are their world. And they've got a giant computer which has taken control and everyone on the ship has a control device implanted in their heads so they never question the will of the 'oracle' or their origins.

More than that has gone wrong, the ship is on a collision course with an inhabited Federation planet which brings the Enterprise on a mission to save their associated planet. They discover it is indeed not a floating asteroid or moon, but has signs of life.

Deforest Kelley gets a little romance here. He's got a disease that no doubt he diagnosed himself and has months to live. He and high priestess of the oracle Kate Woodville fall for each other and that doesn't stop her from defending her way of life as she sees it.

An interesting concept that Star Trek deals with is the notion that a place they come to thinks they are the center of a universe. That is something we earth folks had to learn and some of us still haven't.

The Prime Directive about non-interference is something that William Shatner concludes doesn't apply when we're saving two planets from total annihilation. How Shatner and Leonard Nimoy do it you have to see this episode for.

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