A couple(?) of crew are on board a spaceship. One of them is a robot.

They find a planet that disappears periodically and reappears and changes drastically. Unbeknownst to the locals, they go down to the planet and a woman in the crew of the spaceship heals an injured person with a device. The civilisation praises them and executes many people in her name.

The robot is sent to stay on the planet to see where it goes for the time it is gone. It says something like "What is for you 500 years, is for me a blink of an eye" or something like that

When then planet reappears, the civilisation is more advanced than the crew of the spaceship and they realises that woman was not a god.

Note. It's definitely not Star Trek: Voyager (Blink of an Eye) although there are some parallels

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    There's a disappearing / reappearing planet in the DS9 episode "Meridian" and Jadzia Dax is featured in it. But does not meet all the criteria. Commented May 23, 2021 at 13:30

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That would be The Orville season 1 episode "Mad Idolatry". The character left behind was Isaac (who isn't exactly a robot - there's a complex reveal spanning numerous season 1 & 2 episodes). It does share some plot points with the Start Trek Deep Space 9 episodes "Children of Time" and "Meridian" but the points concerning the healing and character left behind are unique to the Orville story. For that matter, all these stories share plot points with the fantasy story "Brigadoon".

  • Also elements of TNG's 'Who Watches the Watchers'. Commented May 23, 2021 at 21:52
  • That episode bugged me as Isaac was a witness to all of the advancements made over the span of his time on the planet, which ended up well in advance of the Orville, yet he never seems to share any of what he has witnessed.
    – Peter M
    Commented May 23, 2021 at 23:08
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    @PeterM Well, when we find out more about Isaac his lack of interest in their tech makes more sense Commented May 23, 2021 at 23:57
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    @OwenReynolds Don't forget that Seth MacFarlane is/has long been a big fan of Star Trek, and he created The Orville largely as an homage, so it should come as no surprise that classic elements of Trek would appear in his show.
    – Anthony X
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 3:05
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    @AnthonyX Homage, spoof, something in between maybe. Started as a joke ay least, ended up being more Star Trek than actual Star Trek, when compared to Discovery or Picard or even the J.J. Abrams movies. Commented May 24, 2021 at 17:53

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