The Enterprise shuttlecraft, carrying Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy and critically ill Federation Ambassador Nancy Hedford, encounters a mysterious energy cloud which pulls them down to planet Gamma Canaris N. There they meet a castaway, a young man who purports to be Zefram Cochrane, inventor of the Warp Drive over 100 years ago. In history he had lived to be 80 years of age before disappearing somewhere in space. Apparently the same energy cloud which brought the shuttlecraft to the planet also found and rejuvenated Cochrane, making him effectively immortal. Unless Kirk can get themselves released soon, the ambassador, without vital medical treatment, will die. Written by
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According to director Ralph Senensky
, the pattern on Hedford's scarf looking like the energy field of the Companion was not scripted. He had based the shot of the Companion looking at Cochrane through the scarf on a similar scene that he filmed for The F.B.I.
(1965). See more
Just after the first time that Kirk uses the universal translator to speak with The Companion, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy turn to walk into Cochrane's shelter, which they were standing less than 10 feet away from, while Cochrane is at least 50 yards away. When the shot switches to the interior, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are seen coming through the entry door, immediately followed by Cochrane, even though Cochrane would have been 30-45 seconds away at normal walking speed. See more
What was it they used to call it, the Judas goat?
Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact