Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 3

The Changeling (29 Sep. 1967)

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A powerful artificially intelligent Earth probe, with a murderously twisted imperative, comes aboard the Enterprise and confuses Capt. Kirk as his creator.

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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 garykmcd

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Nomad was launched from Earth in 2002. See more »

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A wire suspending the Nomad probe is visible in numerous scenes (namely, at 23:30 when Nomad hovers over to Spock's computer to read up on human anatomy, and at 28:20 in the brig before Spock performs a mind-meld). See more »

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Spock: [Places hands on Nomad and conducts mind meld] I am Nomad. I am performing my function. Deep, emptiness. It approaches, collision, damage, blackness. I am the other. I am Tan Ru. Tan Ru. Nomad. Tan Ru. Error. Flaw. Imperfection. Must sterilize. Rebirth. We are complete. Much power. Gan Ta Nu Ika. Tan Ru. The creator instructs, search out, identify, sterilize imperfections. We are Nomad. We are Nomad. We are complete. We are instructed. Our purpose is clear. Sterilize imperfections. Sterilize ...
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I Am Somad!
28 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know a writer takes his characters, their history, and then manufactures some kind of threat. It's sort of sitcom without the com. In this episode, a wandering probe that was to be used for benevolent purposes has collided with another device and its mission has changed. It is called "Nomad" because it travels from place to place. Unfortunately, it destroys anything with imperfections; that includes even modest things. In a ridiculous move, it finds Uhura to be imperfect and wipes her memory clean. She is put back in kindergarten. Does anyone see how stupid this is? Even if she is retrained, she has no experiences or data to do her job. Others are killed when they confront the thing. The only salvation is that the thing has mistaken Kirk for the creator of the device. It moves around the ship like an efficiency expert in the sixties (although the worst that could happen then was you got fired). As time goes along, the probe starts to put two and two together and Kirk's control of it begins to wane. Spock is able to figure out its skewed mission by doing the old mind meld. So what to do. The conclusion has to do with logic. Spock's kind of logic.


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