Star Trek: The Cloud Minders   Rewatch 
January 16, 2016 10:24 AM - Season 3, Episode 21 - Subscribe

The U.S.S. Enterprise comes to the planet Ardana to acquire zienite, a rare mineral needed to stop a planet-wide plague on Merak II. While investigating the planet, Kirk and Spock are caught in a civil war between the mining class Troglytes and the intellectuals and artists of Ardana that live in a Utopian city in the sky.

"The Cloud Minders" was first broadcast on February 28, 1969. It is episode #76, production #74, written by Margaret Armen, based on a story by David Gerrold and Oliver Crawford, and directed by Jud Taylor.

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The episode can be viewed on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
posted by Benway (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
David Gerrold was reportedly unhappy with the way they modified the original story this episode is based on. It was supposed to be a play on MLK vs. Malcolm X.

This episode also features Spock behaving in a very out of character way.
posted by wittgenstein at 1:48 PM on January 17, 2016

Yeah, for pon farr to be a subject of casual conversation is so completely at odds with how it was introduced in Amok Time - the Spock of this episode seems to be a drop-in from some parallel universe Trek. And the Troglytes vs Ardana story is a mess as well.

The Ardana dresses must have been fun for cosplay though.
posted by oh yeah! at 2:33 PM on January 17, 2016

I do have one fond memory of this episode. We were playing one of the first Star Trek tabletop RPG's in the 1980's, and the player who had a science officer character said that he wanted to scan a meeting room with his tricorder. I vetoed that, saying scanning would be rude, like bringing in a food taster before a lunch, but then we watched Cloud Minders and saw Spock casually wander around scanning everything during the first meeting.

Rats, I thought, I was wrong. But now I know I was right, because that wasn't the real Spock. Vindication!
posted by Mogur at 10:11 AM on January 19, 2016

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