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
Did You Know?
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
(1974), a rejected 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
In the final scene on the bridge there is a blonde communications officer sitting at her station in the wider shot. As the scene cuts back and forth between close-ups of Captain Kirk and the wider shots, there is nobody sitting at the communications station in the close-ups, yet there is in the wider shots. See more
[looking at an isometric drawing of the NOMAD probe
Well, that's not the same.
Essentially, it is, Doctor. I believe that more happened to it than just damage in the meteor collision. It mentioned "the other." The unanswered question is: the other WHAT?