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Episode 3.21: The Cloud Minders

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Good old Kirk, interfering in local planetary government again with his own brand of "diplomacy". Although granted in this case for a good cause.

In this episode Spock apparently just forgets that Vulcans don't discuss their mating rituals with non-Vulcans. Remember how in "Amok Time" he was so embarrassed by it that he couldn't even tell Kirk to save his own life? But wave one scantily-clad racist oppressor in his face, and suddenly he's all tongue-wagging.

This is the first episode where I've coloured a human's hair. It's a side effect of the fact that this is (I think) only the second episode in which I've drawn one character in multiple costumes (after "The Conscience of the King"). And in this case one of the costumes is white, so Vanna had no colour at all in the last three panels until I decided to show her red hair as a way of providing continuity between the costume changes.

Transcript

1
{Enterprise approaching a planet}
Captain's log, Stardate 5818.4. A botanical plague is devastating Merak II. Heading to Ardana, the nearest source of zenite, which can halt the plague.
McCoy: PLAGUE!
2
{bridge}
Kirk: Ardana is a Federation member, we must respect their government.
Uhura: High Advisor Plasus asks you to beam down to the council chamber.
Kirk: We're beaming down to the zenite mines!
3
{on the surface of Ardana}
Spock: Stratos, a city of crystal spires and togas, floating in the sky.
Kirk: Such an enlightened and peaceful world.
4
Caption: Fist fight with zenite miners!
Caption: A woman!
5
{Stratos, the cloud city}
Plasus: Excuse the lowlife Troglyte scum, captain. Wait here on Stratos while we get your zenite. This is my scantily clad daughter Droxine.
6
Droxine: Tell me about Vulcans, Mr Spock.
Spock: We do not discuss our sex life with outsiders. It revolves around a seven year cycle. The biological urge...
7
Vanna: The Troglytes want equality and justice, rather than forced labour in the mines!
Plasus: Sorry for the disturbance, captain. We'll take care of her. Ardana is peaceful, we have no violence-
Caption: It's Vanna, from the fist fight
8
Caption: Gilligan cut to:
Plasus: Tell us the names of the other Disruptors!
SFX: Torture!
Vanna: Aargh!
9
{Enterprise sick bay}
McCoy: Jim, zenite emits a gas that retards the intellect. The Troglytes are being persecuted.
Kirk: I'll fix this.
Spock: While respecting local government.
Kirk: Yes, of course.
10
{in the zenite mines}
Caption: Kirk abducts the High Advisor and seals him in the mines!
Kirk: Dig! With your bare hands!
Caption: Vanna, costume 3
11
Caption: ... And then has a fist fight with him!
Vanna: {into communicator} Enterprise! Send in the cavalry!
12
{Stratos}
Vanna: Here's your Zenite, captain. Thank you.
Plasus: You interfered with our government sponsored apartheid!
Kirk: How the heck were you admitted to the Federation in the first place?


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