Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 21

The Cloud Minders

Aired Unknown Feb 28, 1969 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Plasus fights Kirk to a draw, even though he is much older, a bureaucrat, and a member of an elite society that does no physical labor.

    • A botanical plague shouldn't "annihilate all life" unless plant bacteria can suddenly mutate and attack other cells, i.e., animal and humanoid. Just because the plants die, doesn't mean all life forms would perish immediately, as inferred in this episode. Oxygen would still exist for some time, giving the planet's inhabitants opportunity to relocate somewhere else.

    • McCoy says he "checked his findings" and determined the Troglytes' intellect ratings are 20% below average. How the heck did he do that? He has no access to the Troglytes and they've never shown the Enterprise sensors can scan people for their "intellect ratings." At best all he could have done was read the Stratos citizens' records... and those a) wouldn't have been "his findings" and b) coming from the folks who were prejudiced would have almost certainly been biased and no reputable medical officer would have accepted them.

    • The kidnapping of Plasus makes no sense. How is Spock able to locate the Stratos leader on the city? Previous attempts have been impossible unless the target was biologically distinct from everyone else ("The Enterprise Incident").

    • When Kirk slugs Plasus and knocks him into a supposedly stone wall, it bends back noticeably behind the actor.

    • In "Amok Time" Spock described Vulcan mating rituals as "a thing no out-worlder may know" - here he goes on about them with Droxine at some length.

    • During his stealth mission, instead of having the Enterprise beam him and Vanna down, Kirk goes looking for a Stratos transporter to get to the surface.

    • When Kirk breaks out Vanna, he hides behind the door, lets the guard go past, and then waits to stun him until after the guard turns around and sees him. Why does Kirk wait, particularly since the guard can then ID him?

    • Both Spock and Droxine seem to believe that Stratos is an intellectual society that has eliminated all forms of violence - however they have security guards and Plasus indulges in torture and no one seems to notice this contradiction.

    • Right after the opening credits Kirk is heard saying, "who are you what is the meaning of this attack" and his lips do not move.

  • Quotes

    • Vanna: You sleep lightly, Captain.
      Kirk: Duty is a good teacher.

    • Droxine: I have never before met a Vulcan, sir.
      Spock: Nor I a work of art, madam.

    • Vanna: Hours can be centuries

    • Spock: All the little things you and I understand and expect from life, such as: equality; kindness; justice...

    • Spock: Violence in reality is quite different from theory.

    • Droxine: You only take a mate once every seven years?
      Spock: The seven-year biologically inherent in all Vulcan's. At that time, the mating drive outweighs all other motivations.
      Droxine: And is there nothing that can disturb that cycle, Mr. Spock?
      Spock: Extreme feminine beauty is always disturbing.

    • Spock: This troubled planet is a place of most violent contrasts... those who receive the rewards are totally separated from those who shoulder the burdens. It is not a wise leadership.

    • Kirk: Light and warmth! That's necessary to all humanoids.

  • Notes

    • Uniquely in the series, Spock has an interior thought monologue as he contemplates the situation in the guest quarters. Clips from scenes just a few minutes earlier in the episode are used.

    • David Gerrold's original story pitch called for an ending that would not have resolved the conflict between the Troglytes and the Stratos dwellers by the end of the episode. His original script called for McCoy to declare near the end, "Yes, but how many children will die in the meantime?". This was rejected by the producer and Margaret Armen was brought in to rewrite the script to make it more positive by introducing the use of gas masks much to Gerrold's chagrin, although he retained story credit.

  • Allusions