Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 21

The Cloud Minders (28 Feb. 1969)

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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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Fred Williamson:  as Vanna's ally Anka. This was one of the first TV roles for football star Williamson, who later became a prolific film actor. See more »

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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 »

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Mr. Spock: [voiceover] This troubled planet is a place of the most violent contrasts. Those who receive the rewards are totally separated from those who shoulder the burdens. It is not a wise leadership.
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This has an interesting message. The people living in the clouds literally cannot connect a bit to the troglodytes who labor below. It is a typical example of the haves and the have- nots. The cloud people luxuriate and pontificate with no regard for those that butter their bread. Of course, a revolution is going to happen and those trogs are going to infiltrate the cloud kingdom. Those buggers in the sky talk with incredible disdain. What they don't realize is that the two peoples came from the same DNA. The poor miners have been unable to evolve because the substance they mine has a detrimental effect on their brains. Kirk, who of course is drawn to the female of the bare shoulders again, decides that something is wrong and tries to bring the two sides together. What happens when this takes place, much to the disdain of the cloud minders, is the point of all this. It's an above average episode with an interesting view of the world.


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