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The Cloud Minders 

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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.


Jud Taylor


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Margaret Armen (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »





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


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) See more »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Captain James T. Kirk: Mr. Spock, let's get that zenite delivered. I believe we only have three hours left.
Mr. Spock: Two hours, fifty nine minutes, to be exact, Captain.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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Why Do All the Beautiful Women Wear Almost Nothing?
10 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

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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