Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Cloud Minders 

Kirk and Spock are caught up in a revolution on a planet where intellectuals and artists live on a utopian city in the sky while the rest of the population toils in mines on the barren surface below.

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In order to save an inhabited planet from being destroyed by a botanical plague, the Enterprise goes to pick up zenite, the mineral cure, on the only known planet where it is mined. When Kirk and Spock beam down, they are attacked by 'troglites' (troglodyte miners) but not captured. High council adviser Plasus intervenes and brings them to Stratos, a luxurious metropolis which literally floats in the sky. However, it is under attack from 'disruptors', troglite revolutionaries who want equal life conditions for their peers. They do all the hard work, mainly toiling miserably in mines and dwell in caves on the barren surface below. Dr. McCoy ascertains that the alleged intellectual inferiority of the troglites is not genetic but the reversible effect of exposure to an invisible gas emitted by the zenite. Written by KGF Vissers

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The story line is similar to Fritz Lang's Metropolis about a two class society where the upper class lives in the utopian city Stratos in the sky, enjoying their privileged life, while the Troglytes' (cavemen) only existence is working in the mines for the pleasure a few - which is a key philosophical topic about 'the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few' in the Star Trek universe. See more »

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Plasus rules as a cruel dictator over Ardana, suspending civil liberties and hoarding resources. This is contrary to the justice- and fairness-oriented ways of the United Federation of Planets. As Ardana is part of the Federation, the Prime Directive does not apply in the matter. Plasus is a criminal and Kirk & Spock are officers of the law. They waste valuable time negotiating and working out deals with Plasus when they have a legal obligation to arrest him and return the hoarded resources to their rightful owners. See more »

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Droxine: You only take a mate once every seven years?
Mr. Spock: The seven-year cycle is biologically inherent in all Vulcans. At that time, the mating drive outweighs all other motivations.
Droxine: And is there nothing that can disturb that cycle, Mr. Spock?
Mr. Spock: Extreme feminine beauty is always disturbing, Madam.
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Featured in For the Love of Spock (2016) See more »

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Pretty good for a later episode
12 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty good episode that nearly merits a score of 8. The Enterprise arrives at a strange planet in search of dilithium crystals. The rulers of the planet live in a lovely city sitting in the clouds and they spend most of their days relaxing and thinking noble thoughts. The rest of the planet must live in the caves and work as miners and their lives totally suck. The dichotomy and basic unfairness of this isn't an issue to the people in the clouds (no big surprise) but the miners are sick of their lot in life. Plus, although no one knows it, inside the mines is Zenite gas, that makes the miners more angry and hostile. But, mediating the rebellion that erupts is something that seems impossible for the crew--especially since the cloud people are major jerks and the miners behave, when around the gas, like they are crazy. So, the Kirk-Meister, who is desperately in need of the crystals, creates an effective solution that isn't exactly in sync with the prime directive!!! All in all, an interesting episode that is quite thought-provoking.

By the way, it really was pretty cool for once to see the "hot babe" go for Spock and not Kirk!! For once, there's a woman who wants a smart and not a studly man!


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