When the planet Sarpeidon is about to be destroyed, by its star Beta Niobe becoming a supernova, Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and McCoy (DeForest Kelley) beam down and find it evacuated except for its librarian, Mr. Atoz (Ian Wolfe), tending to his replicas. They are a collection of unusual discs, which play the planet's history and (to their surprise) allow their users to travel into the past through the atavachron, a time machine, into the periods each was studying on disc. The crew travels unprepared, McCoy and Spock find themselves locked in a frozen ice age 5,000 years ago, where Spock reverts to the barbaric age of the Vulcans. He becomes very easily agitated, and is intensely attracted to the political prisoner Zarabeth (Mariette Hartley), who enjoys getting company but tells them return is impossible. Kirk arrives in a Cromwellian period, where he's arrested and suspected of witchcraft. He soon realizes the magistrate must be a time traveler like him, and ...
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When Spock & McCoy return to the library, Spock says Zarabeth has been dead and buried for 5000 years. If she was alone in that time period, who buried her?
Her cave was near an ice cliff - presumably the leading edge of a glacier. Over 5,000 years, Zarabeth would have been buried by ice, then sediment from runoff from the receding glacier. So not "buried" in the societal sense, but archaeologically accurate. She may actually have wound up in a museum somewhere on Sarpeidon. See more
Witch! Witch! Witch! They'll burn ya!
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