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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Kirk Raymond ...
Cloud Guard #1 (as Kirk Raymone)
Jimmy Fields ...
Cloud Guard #2
Ed Long ...
Troglyte Prisoner
Harv Selsby ...
Cloud Guard #3


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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28 February 1969 (USA)  »

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It is somewhat interesting that Jeff Corey was cast as Plasus, the leader of the privileged people on Stratos. For a number of years he had been blacklisted from working for being a Communist, See more »


After the initial scuffle with the Disrupters, when Kirk says, "Who are you? What's the meaning of this attack?" his mouth does not move. See more »


Droxine: Vanna...?
Vanna: [coldly] Droxine...
Droxine: Why have you come here?
Vanna: [spiteful] To welcome our honored guests... as I was taught to do when I served in your father's household.
Droxine: Has she injured you, Captain?
Captain James T. Kirk: Oh, no. Not at all. In fact, her visit was quite enlightening.
[referencing Vanna]
Droxine: Oh...?
Captain James T. Kirk: Yes, it seems the Troglytes are under the impression that the Enterprise is here to intimidate them.
Droxine: [turns to intercom, pushes button] Send a sentinal to the rest chamber immediately.
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Rich Profiteers vs Poor Hard-Workers
14 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Season 3, episode 21. The Enterprise is on a mission to the planet Ardana to retrieve the mineral zenite, it is in need to help stop a plague on Merak II. Kirk wants to speed things up so he and Spock beam directly to the zenite mines entrance, ignoring the High Adviser Plasus's request for them to beam to the floating city of Stratos. Kirk and Spock are the lassoed (captured) by the angry miners, a fight breaks out and Plasus shows up with some men and the miners easily back off. Kirk explains that they just wanted to pick up the zenite shipment that was suppose to be ready and Plasus explains that the Troglytes, miners, used a trick in order to get hostages to force the counsel to meet their demands. Kirk and Spock quickly learned then there are 2 classes: the cave-dwelling Troglytes that are the workers/miners who are very poor and the rich Elite cloud-living city dwellers that profit off the poor workers. Plasus requests Kirk and Spock to go to the city of Stratos and they agree. The logical Spock sees how illogical it is for the hard workers to be the poor ones while the rich ones do nothing at all but collect fine art and the profits. Kirk deals with the poor female miner that attacked while Spock deals with the young rich but naive daughter of Plasus. Kirk and Spock finds themselves in the middle of their private war and all they needed was the zenite for Merak II but now the must end the war before they can obtain the much needed zenite. The botanical plague is quickly spreading on Merak II, time is running out.

I find an interest in this episode due to class separation (areas they can live), profiteers vs hard-workers and rich vs poor scenario. Another important point is the rich (Plasus) refusing simple health measures - the masks to protect the Troglytes from the gas that is emitted when mining the zenite.


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