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Star Trek: For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

McCoy tells Kirk that he has become infected with a fatal disease for which there is no known cure. Shortly thereafter the Enterprise is attacked and extrapolates that the attack came from an asteroid which turns out to be a sophisticated and inhabited space vessel on a collision course with a planet. The Enterprise tries to stop the oncoming collision, while McCoy announces he plans to stay on the asteroid with the high priestess who has fallen in love with him and live out what's left of his life there.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x8
Production Number: 60043-065
Airdate: Friday November 08th, 1968

Starring Roles
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Oracle (voice) [uncredited]
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Walter KoenigWalter Koenig
As Ensign Pavel Chekov
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
As Nurse Christine Chapel

Guest Stars

Co-Guest Stars
Byron MorrowByron Morrow
As Adm. Westervliet
Jon LormerJon Lormer
As Old Man

Bob BralverBob Bralver
As McCoy Stunt Double
Jeannie MaloneJeannie Malone
As Fabrini Servant
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy


Someone launches a group of antiquated chemical-fuel missiles at the Enterprise, which easily destroys them. They set course back along the missiles’ path while Nurse Chapel calls Kirk down to Sickbay, forcing McCoy to give him the bad news: one crewman has a fatal disease and will die within a year. The crewman? McCoy...

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Episode Notes
At eleven words, this has the longest title of any Star Trek episode.

James Doohan has an uncredited voice role as the Oracle.

Episode Quotes
Old Man: I climbed the mountains, even though it is forbidden.
Kirk: Why is it forbidden?
Old Man: I am not sure. But things... are not... as they teach us. For the world is hollow, and l... have touched the sky.

Natira: I hope you men of space, of other worlds, hold truth as dear as we do.
McCoy: We do.
Natira: I wish you to stay here... on Yonada... as my mate.
McCoy: But we're strangers to each other.
Natira: But is not that the nature of men and women... that the pleasure is in the learning of each other?

The Oracle: Kirk and Spock have committed sacrilege! You know what must be done!!

Spock: Your haemoglobin count is back to normal, Doctor, which indicates that the flow of oxygen to each cell of your body is back up to its abundantly energetic level.

What Changed in the Remastered Version: Yonada's opening missile salvo received an upgrade - missiles formerly represented as blobs of light now have detail and relative motion. Yonada received an upgrade that more accurately depicts an asteroid in space for millennia. The new Enterprise model permitted several improved shots of the relative motion of ship and asteroid, but the Enterprise should have been far smaller relative to the size of Yonada in one of these shots. Other effects, such as the Oracle's electrical attack and the operation of the Instrument of Obedience, went unchanged.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerFred Freiberger
Associate ProducerGregg Peters (1)  |  Edward K. Milkis
CastingJoseph D'Agosta  |  William J. Kenney
Unit Production ManagerGregg Peters (1)
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
HairstylistPat Westmore
Make-upFred B. Phillips
GripGeorge Rader
Set DecoratorJohn M. Dwyer
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Script SupervisorGeorge A. Rutter
Re-Recording MixerGordon L. Day
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
OtherArthur H. Singer (Story Consultant)
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman  |  Al Francis
Art DirectorWalter M. Jefferies
Sound MixerCarl Daniels  |  Doug Grindstaff
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
Executive Vice President In Charge Of ProductionDouglas S. Cramer
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