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Dr. McCoy gives babe magnet Kirk competition when the big-haired High Priestess (statuesque Kate Woodville in a form-hugging green wrap) of the runaway planet Yonada falls for the old country doctor, who has just been diagnosed with an incurable disease. Yonada is actually a spaceship in the guise of an asteroid, a kind of interstellar Ark on a trip to the promised land. A godlike computer known as the Oracle (voiced by James "Scotty" Doohan, minus the brogue) keeps the citizens in blissful ignorance and enforces its will with shock therapy, but it's dangerously off course and McCoy must break religious commandments and challenge his lover's will to set it right. A promising story that tackles dogma and blind faith is undercut by a timid script and a passionless affair (McCoy isn't getting married, he's negotiating a contract!), turning potential tragedy into just another shore leave fling. The episode earns its name from an inspired moment of poetic defiance: an aging citizen proclaims the truth in the face of the computer's wrath and dies in McCoy's arms. The rest of the episode never achieves the power of that moment.--Sean Axmaker
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Studio:  CBS Paramount International Television
CastLeonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Katherine Woodville
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A set of missiles armed with nuclear warheads is launched at the Enterprise from a large asteroid. The asteroid turns out to be hollow and is inhabited by a people called the Yonadans. They are unaware that they are onboard a spaceship and a computer that they call the Oracle enforces rigid rules of thought, knowledge and behavior. Dr. McCoy is also suffering from an incurable disease that will kill him in approximately one year.    Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam over to the surface of the …
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