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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Episode complete credited cast:
Makee K. Blaisdell ...
Singh (as Blaisdel Makee)
Barbara Gates ...
Meade Martin ...
Arnold Lessing ...
Security Guard
Vic Perrin ...
Nomad's Voice (voice)


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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In conventions, Nichelle Nichols frequently tells a story of getting into a dispute with director Marc Daniels over the filming of this episode. As it had already been established that Uhura's first language was Swahili, Nichols believed that, after her mind was erased, Uhura would revert to her first language. However, as Nichols herself did not speak Swahili, Daniels wanted Uhura to just speak English. Nichols refused to, telling Daniels, "Nichelle Nichols doesn't speak Swahili, but Uhura does!" Gene Roddenberry was eventually brought in to settle the dispute, and he sided with Nichols. A linguist specializing in Swahili was then brought in to write the few lines of Swahili that are spoken in the episode. See more »


When the security team is escorting Nomad back to the holding area, he goes his own way. As one of the security crewmen orders him to stop, he begins to reach for his phaser. But in the next camera angle, he has already got his phaser out and trained on Nomad. See more »


Spock: My congratulations, Captain - a dazzling display of logic.
Capt. Kirk: You didn't think I had it in me, did you, Spock?
Spock: [deadpan] No, sir.
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Spoofed in Futurama: In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela (2010) See more »

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Inspired first ST movie
24 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode obviously inspired the plot of the first Star Trek Movie where the mysterious and immensely powerful and dangerously destructive evil force is referred to as "V-ger" by the kidnapped and subsequently returned (and reprogrammed) female crewperson of the new and improved Enterprise.

In the movie eventually Kirk and Spock figure out that "V-Ger" is really the old Voyager spacecraft sent out as a probe in the twentieth century (they clean some charcoal off the 2nd through 4th letters of the machine's still existent painted on name) and long lost track of. Well, clearly it must have been damaged in flight at some point and then met up with some other probe of some other kind from some other planet with some other prime directive. The two machines "helped" each other repair themselves and combined forces to become much stronger but corrupting their prime directives as the two combined forces.

But gee, how could they figure all that out about V-Ger? Well, maybe it's because they went through most of all that before with the TV episode involving Nomad: the 1 meter long, square columnar, self-levitating and mobilizing metal box around which this episode revolved. Nomad had basically the same background story and was just as terse and ruthless in carrying out it's corrupted prime directive (and with just as much unlimited power - albeit on a much more limited production budget) to "Sterilize! Sterilize!" as V-Ger.

I mean...Spock had already solved the Nomad mystery via a Vulcan mind meld with Nomad (via "Creator Kirk" 's permission) so figuring out V-Ger's problem must have been a piece of cake! My favorite Nomad quote is simply "Non Sequiter!" when presented with some feeble attempt at logic by an obviously inferior human. As soon as I first heard it I immediately added it to my vocabulary...and have used it quite frequently ever since.

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