Star Trek (1966–1969)
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For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky 

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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Natira (as Kate Woodville)
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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8 November 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the only series episode to feature three actors who appeared in the original pilot "The Cage": Leonard Nimoy (Spock), Majel Barrett (Nurse Christine Chapel) and Jon Lormer (old man) (not including "The Menagerie, Part I" and "The Menagerie, Part II", which features much footage from "The Cage"). Barrett and Lormer played Number One and Theodore Haskins, respectively, in the pilot. 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. 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 »


The Oracle of the People: To become one of the people of Yonada, the instrument of obedience must be made part of your flesh. Do you now give your consent?
Dr. McCoy: I do.
The Oracle of the People: Proceed.
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Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »

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Asteroid, Oracle, Natira & McCoy
13 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Season 3, episode 8. The Enterprise finds an asteroid, Yonada, that is on a collision course to Darren V, a highly populated planet and it will be there within 396 days. That asteroid has fired a missile towards the Enterprise - attacking it. Also, everyone on board the Enterprise has gotten a check-up and are in good health, all but Dr. McCoy who learns he has about 1 year to live - he has incurable disease called xenopolycythemia (polycythemia). Kirk, McCoy and Spock beam down to the asteroid Yonada and they find it is populated with humanoids that worship an oracle -- it is a space ship disguised as an asteroid. The High Priestess, Natira, orders the capture of the trio then releases them later on. Natira develops an interest in McCoy and prays to the oracle for marriage to McCoy. Finally Spock and Kirk are released to go back to the ship and McCoy agrees to stay with Natira if that means saving the planet of Darren V. Spock ends up discovering the Fabrini archive that has a cure for McCoy's condition.

Of course we all know that "all's well that ends well" - McCoy will be cured and back on the Enterprise with the others while everything will be smoothed over with the Natira and her people and Darren V will be saved.

An average episode... what we expect from from Star Trek TOS. I will say it's a relief to see McCoy as a "love interest" from a lovely lady.


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