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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Some shots of Elinor Donahue
had to be re-shot after filming had wrapped. The original film negatives were damaged during processing. During the break, Ms. Donahue had gotten pneumonia and lost ten pounds. To hide this, they put Hedford's scarf around her neck and upper body. Her weight loss is still visible on her face, although this does fit in with her illness in the story. 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
Captain, what's happening? I demand to know.
Captain James T. Kirk
You already know as much as we do, Miss Hedford.
Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact