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.
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This takes place in 2269. See more
When Kirk says, "The only way you'll use.... that device again.. is on one of us," He obviously almost forgot his line(s) after "use" and "again." See more
Allow me to point out that a first officer is more expendable than either a doctor or a captain.
Captain James T. Kirk
Officially, yes, but this mission is strictly unofficial. Nobody's to have any part in it, any responsibility for it but myself. That's an order, Spock.
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