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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Jud Taylor

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Margaret Armen (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Jeff Corey ... Plasus
Diana Ewing ... Droxine
Charlene Polite ... Vanna
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Kirk Raymond Kirk Raymond ... Cloud Guard #1 (as Kirk Raymone)
Jimmy Fields Jimmy Fields ... Cloud Guard #2
Ed Long Ed Long ... Midro
Fred Williamson ... Anka
Garth Pillsbury ... Prisoner
Harv Selsby Harv Selsby ... Guard
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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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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

The mine "entrance" is the same set piece that was used for the entrance to the defense computer cave in Star Trek - That Which Survives. See more »

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When Kirk and Spock leave the bridge to beam to the planet, Scotty is not seen on the bridge to take over, and Kirk doesn't put anyone in charge. See more »

Quotes

Plasus: Gentlemen, one of our planet's most incomparable works of art: my daughter Droxine. Captain James Kirk.
Captain James T. Kirk: A pleasure, Madam.
Droxine: Indeed yes, Captain.
Plasus: And First Officer Spock.
[Spock bows his head very slowly]
Droxine: I have never before met a Vulcan, sir.
Mr. Spock: Nor I a work of art, Madam.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction (2011) See more »

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Pretty good for a later episode
12 December 2006 | by MartinHaferSee 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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