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Metamorphosis 

While returning to the Enterprise aboard the shuttlecraft, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and a seriously ill Federation diplomat find themselves kidnapped by an energized cloud.

Director:

Ralph Senensky

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Gene L. Coon
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Glenn Corbett ... Zefram Cochrane
Elinor Donahue ... Nancy Hedford
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
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Storyline

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 Clive Wilson

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Trivia

The sparkling effects of the Companion would be reused in Star Trek: The Original Series: The Apple (1967) when the Enterprise fires phasers at Vaal, and again in Star Trek: The Original Series: Obsession (1967) inside of the deadly vampire cloud. See more »

Goofs

The Companion fries many of the electronic components of the shuttle, but at the end, she says the captives are free to go, but it is impossible for her to have repaired all of those components. See more »

Quotes

Uhura: [on the bridge of the USS "Enterprise": the "Enterprise"'s shuttlecraft has gone missing, leaving Mr. Scott in command] What do you think it means, Mr. Scott?
Scott: The shuttlecraft was on schedule until it was shy 5 hours of rendezvous. Then something happened.
Uhura: Well, I'd feel a lot better if you were a little more definite.
Scott: [looking a bit stumped] It didn't wreck, there was no debris, there's no trace of expelled internal atmosphere, no residual radioactivity... Ah, it's... something took over. Tractor ...
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinematic Excrement: Spock's Brain (2014) See more »

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Theme
Music credited to Alexander Courage
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman
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Introducing Zephraim Cochrane - And the Franchise's Greatest Love Story
3 September 2007 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

This canonical episode of the original series explores the universality (and non-universality) of love, and introduces the inventor of warp drive, Zephraim Cochrane. Although obsessive fans may find fault in some aspects of Cochrane's barely explored back-story, this is the episode that created Cochrane's legend and laid the groundwork for one of the franchise's best efforts - First Contact - among others.

Glen Corbett and Elinor Donahue are strong guest stars playing the bold personalities of, respectively, Cochrane and a terminally ill diplomat (Nancy Hedford) on a vital mission for the federation. En route, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Hedford are essentially kidnapped by an energy being who they will come to know as The Companion. Once landed, they meet an impossibly young Zephraim Cochrane and hear the bizarre story of how he ended up about 200 years younger than he should be, alone with The Companion on a distant planet. Hedford will die if she doesn't get proper care very soon. Cochrane will die if he does not have some human companionship. The Companion may die without Cochrane. Our heroes are powerless to resolve these problems.

The episode is very story-driven and well written by the stalwart Star Trek legend Gene L Coon. It is probably Ralph Senensky's best directorial effort on behalf of TOS. Shatner, Corbett and Donahue all give nice performances, even if Cochrane and Hedford are not the most likable characters in the pantheon. The special effects for this episode are decidedly mediocre, but do not detract from the flow of story.

Recommended, even for non-fans.


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Release Date:

10 November 1967 (USA) See more »

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