The Enterprise encounters a powerful energy force that has apparently killed all human life in a solar system with over one billion inhabitants. They identify the culprit as a small space probe that had its origins on Earth. Called Nomad, it merged with another and, as a result, took on a new mission to destroy all biological beings as being imperfect. It believes Captain Kirk to be its creator and, as such, has spared the Enterprise and its crew, at least temporarily. Written by
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Although never credited, this episode - which depicted an Earth-launched space probe that acquires almost unimaginable powers in the course of the search for its "Creator" - became the inspiration behind Star Trek: The Motion Picture
(1979). (It also inspired "The Questor Tapes", a 1974 series pilot written by Gene Roddenberry
and Gene L. Coon
which also featured a robot with a damaged memory who searched for its creator.) For this reason, some fans have appended to Star Trek: The Motion Picture the punning subtitle "Where Nomad Has Gone Before." See more
When Nomad is resurrecting Scotty in Sick Bay, Nurse Chapel is standing near Scotty's right arm. Changes in camera view from near Scotty's right shoulder don't have her in view, even when she is holding his arm in the previous view. See more
Listen, that bacon is really bad. No, no kidding. It just stays with you the whole day.
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