Friday, September 16, 2016

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 32. Metamorphosis


Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)

Episode 32. Metamorphosis

Story, Script & Trivia


Episode 32. Metamorphosis

Season:    2
Air Date:    1967-11-10
Stardate:    3219.4
Writer:    Gene L. Coon
Director:    Ralph Senensky
Guests:    Glenn Corbett (Zephram Cochrane), Elinor Donahue (Miss Hedford)

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy ferry Commissioner Nancy Hedford from Epsilon Caneris 3 to the Enterprise in the shuttlecraft Galileo. The Commissioner, who had been on a diplomatic mission to stop a war, is ill with Sicuro's disease and needs treatment aboard the Enterprise. The shuttlecraft is forced down on a small planetoid by a sparkling cloud of ionized hydrogen. The planet has an oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere with traces of krypton, argon, and neon, and a surface temperature of 75 degrees.

Kirk is unable to contact the Enterprise, despite the fact that the communications equipment appears to be functioning perfectly. On the planet, they find a man named Cochrane, who claims he has been marooned. Cochrane tells them that there is some sort of damping field on the planet which will prevent them from being able to get their shuttlecraft to work.

Hedford begins developing a temperature, the first manifestation of her disease. Cochrane turns out to be space pioneer Zefram Cochrane of Alpha Centauri, the discoverer of the Space Warp. Thought to have been dead for 150 years, Cochrane has been kept alive and young for centuries by a doting gaseous alien he calls the "Companion." The companion intercepted his disabled ship, brought him to the planet, and rejuvenated him. Cochrane had set out in a ship at the age of 87 to die in space. Cochrane also tells Kirk that the shuttlecraft has been diverted by the Companion to provide him with company.

As Spock attempts to fix the Galileo, the Companion drops by to investigate. Spock attempts to touch it, but is given an electric shock. The Companion also takes the opportunity to fry the Galileo's electronics. Using his newfound knowledge that the Companion is at least partly an electrical phenomenon, Spock builds a device to short-circuit it. Cochrane is not at all happy about this endeavor, but agrees to summon the Companion. When the Companion arrives to commune with Cochrane and Spock activates his short-circuit box, Cochrane is electrically shocked, and the Companion destroys the device and attacks Kirk and Spock. Fortunately, Cochrane regains his composure and summons the Companion away before it can harm them.

Kirk then comes up with the idea of using the shuttlecraft's universal translation device, which converts brain-wave frequencies, to attempt to communicate with the companion. This proves successful, and the Companion turns out to be a female entity who is "in love" with Cochrane. Kirk attempts to convince the Companion that humans pine away in captivity (or "cease to exist," as he puts it), but the Companion does not believe him.

Cochrane is greatly disturbed by the knowledge that the Companion is in love with him, and storms out saying that he doesn't want to be "fodder for any inhuman monster." At the same time, Hedford, in a feverish daze, remarks that it is strange that Cochrane runs from love while she herself has never had the opportunity to be loved.

Kirk then tries to convince the Companion that she is not capable of giving Cochrane true human love, and that if she really loves Cochrane, she will let him go. Instead, she occupies and cures the body of Commissioner Hedford, who had been on the verge of death. She also restores the shuttlecraft and communication devices to working order. However, the Companion is unable to leave the planet without dying, and Cochrane decides to remain with her.

Meanwhile, the Enterprise had discovered the asteroid field (containing some 7000 bodies) and had begun searching the asteroids one at a time for the lost shuttlecraft. Fortunately, this search is greatly simplified by the resumption of communications. As they prepare to depart, Kirk agrees not to mention his adventure with Cochrane.

Cochrane reappears in Star Trek VIII: First Contact, although his personality and appearance are completely different than they were in the original episode. Furthermore, in the film, Cochrane is from Earth instead of Alpha Centauri.


We have reached projected point three, Captain.
Adjust to new course 201, mark 15.
Thank you, Mr. Spock.
How is she, Doc?
No change.
Small thanks to the Starfleet.
Now, Commissioner, you can't blame the Starfleet.
I should've received the proper inoculations ahead of time.
Sakuro's disease is extremely rare.
The chances of anyone contracting it
are literally billions to one.
I was sent to Epsilon Canaris 3
to prevent a war, Doctor.
Thanks to the inefficiency of the medical branch,
I've been forced to leave before my job was done.
Once we reach the Enterprise,
with its medical facilities,
we'll have you back in time for you to prevent that war.
How soon will we rendezvous with your ship?
In exactly 4 hours, 21 minutes, Commissioner.
Will you check your automatic scanner, please?
That's odd. I've never seen anything like that before.
Nor have I.
Heading directly toward us at warp speed.
Staying right with us.
Sensor readings, Mr. Spock.
Vaguely like a cloud of ionized hydrogen,
but with strong erratic electrical impulses.
We've got it.
Helm does not answer, Captain.
Neither do the pods.
Communications are dead.
Building overload.
Cut all power relays.
Cut, Captain.
What's happening? I demand to know.
You know as much as we do.
Whatever that thing is outside,
he yanked us off course from the Enterprise.
Now on course 98, mark 12,
heading directly toward Gamma Canaris region.
We've got to get Miss Hedford to the Enterprise.
Her condition.
I know, but there's nothing I can do.
I insist you make your scheduled rendezvous.
We'll do what we can, when we can.
At the moment, we're helpless.
You might as well sit back
and enjoy the ride.
Space--the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
lts five-year mission --
to explore strange new worlds ...
to seek out new life and new civilizations ...
to boldly go where no man hasgone before.
Enterprise, this is the Galileo.
Come in, please, come in.
Enterprise, this is the Galileo.
Come in, please.
No good.
We're not transmitting.
Oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere,
some krypton, argon, neon,
temperature, 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Practically identical to Earth atmosphere.
Gravity is similar to Earth.
Most unusual for its size.
The body seems to be iron and nickel.
More than an asteroid.
Like a small planetoid, I should say.
Possibly a remnant of a planet breakup.
Totally suitable for human life.
All right, we'll get out.
Issue phasers.
Bones, maintain full alert.
Commissioner, stay inside.
Just how long do I stay inside, Captain?
That's a very good question.
I wish I could answer it.
All right. Let's go.
Take a look around, Bones.
Most unusual.
In fact, Captain,
I would say quite impossible.
Nothing wrong and nothing works.
Must be a reason.
Let's look a little further.
Jim, I just took a tricording sweep.
I got the same readings almost as Spock got
when we were pulled off course.
The ionized cloud.
I think so, only it reads on the surface with us.
It's in that direction, and it doesn't read solid.
It's more unstable, tenuous,
like a collection of gases.
Get a physiological reading on that, whatever it is.
Are you real?
I'm not imagining you, am I?
We're real enough.
You speak English.
Earth people?
From the Federation.
The F --
Well, it doesn't matter.
I'm Cochrane. I've been marooned here.
If you only knew how good it is to see you.
And a woman.
Beautiful one at that.
I'm Captain James T. Kirk,
commanding the starship Enterprise.
This is my first officer Mr. Spock.
You're a Vulcan?
Chief Surgeon Leonard McCoy.
Oh, and excuse me,
Assistant Federation Commissioner Hedford.
You're food to a starving man.
All of you.
Hey, that's a nice ship.
Simple and clean.
Been trying to get her to go again?
Well, forget it. It won't work.
He's human, Jim.
Everything checks out perfectly.
Mr. Cochrane.
We were forced off our course
and taken here by some force we couldn't identify.
Which seems to be on the surface of this body.
Well, I wouldn't know anything about that.
You say we'll be unable to repair the ship?
Not a chance. There's a damping field here.
Power systems don't work. Take my word for it.
You don't mind if we try?
Go right ahead. You got plenty of time.
What about you, Cochrane?
How did you get here?
Marooned, I told you.
We'll have lots of time to learn about each other.
I have a small place,
all the comforts of home.
I can even offer you a hot bath.
How perceptive of you to notice I needed one.
If you don't mind,
I'd like more than Just a statement
that you were marooned here.
It's a long way off.
That's right.
That's why I'm so glad to see you.
I'll tell you everything you want to know,
but not here.
Your ship is sure a beauty.
Yes, she is.
You've been out of circulation quite a while.
The principles may be new to you.
Mr. Spock ...
why don't you explain our methods of propulsion
to Mr. Cochrane?
Talks a lot, but he doesn't say much.
I've noticed something else.
What's that?
He looks familiar.
Now that you mention it, he does.
I can't quite place him, but ...
What about Miss Hedford?
No temperature yet,
but we got to get underway soon, Jim.
I guarantee you, it will develop.
What will we do?
Take Cochrane up on his offer.
You built this, Mr. Cochrane?
Yes. I had tools and supplies left over from my crash.
Not bad.
Not Earth, but it's livable.
I grow vegetables in the field.
Come on in.
All the comforts of home indeed, Mr. Cochrane.
Where'd you get the antiques?
What, you mean my instruments?
I imagine things have changed a lot since my crash.
Not that much.
Must you keep it so terribly hot in here?
Temperature's a constant 72 degrees.
Let me get you something cool to drink.
Do you feel hot?
I feel infuriated,
deeply put upon,
and absolutely outraged.
It was quite a hike here.
You're tired. Just take it easy.
I'll rest later, Doctor.
Temperature, Captain.
First sign.
Yes, I know.
We're running out of time.
Captain, Doctor.
What was that?
Well, sometimes the light plays tricks on you.
You'd be surprised what I've imagined I've seen here sometimes.
We imagined nothing, Mr. Cochrane.
There was an entity out there.
I suspect it's the entity which brought us here.
Please explain.
There's nothing to explain.
Thank you.
You'll find I have a low tolerance level
where the safety of my people are concerned.
We find you here, where nobody has any business being.
We were hijacked and brought here.
I'm not requesting an explanation.
I'm demanding one.
All right.
It was the Companion.
The what?
That's what I call it.
As a matter of fact, I didn't crash here.
I was brought here in my disabled ship.
I was almost dead. The Companion saved my life.
You were injured?
I was dying, Mr. Spock.
You seem perfectly all right now.
What was the matter?
I was an old man.
You were what?
Well, I don't know how it did it,
but the Companion rejuvenated me,
made me young again, like I am now.
I prefer to reserve judgment
on that part of your story, sir.
Meanwhile, would you please explain
what this Companion of yours is?
I don't know what it is.
It exists, it lives,
and I can communicate with it.
That's a pretty far out story.
Mr. Cochrane ...
do you have a first name?
Zefram Cochrane ...
of Alpha Centuri ...
the discoverer of the space warp?
That's right, Captain.
But that's impossible.
Zefram Cochrane died 150 years ago.
The name of Zefram Cochrane
is revered throughout the known galaxy.
Planets were named after him.
Great universities, cities.
Isn't your story a little improbable?
It's true. I was 87 when I came here.
You say this ...Companion
found you and rejuvenated you?
What were you doing in space at 87?
I was tired, Captain.
I wanted to die in space, that's all.
True. His body was never found.
You're looking at it, Mr. Spock.
If so, you wear your age very well.
[Dr. McCoy] How do you feel?
Terrible. How should I feel?
You're running a temperature.
Perhaps you should lie down.
Please leave me alone.
It's the heat.
All right.
Try to relax.
Jim ...
it just started, the fever.
It's over 100, and it's climbing.
How long do we have?
A matter of hours.
Mr. Cochrane, you say you were brought here 150 years ago?
You don't look over 35.
I haven't aged. The Companion sees to that.
Captain ...
these instruments,
they date from the time indicated.
From your ship, Mr. Cochrane?
I cannibalized it.
The food, water, gardens, everything else,
the Companion gives me.
Apparently, it creates it out of the native elements.
You say you can communicate with it.
Perhaps you can find out what we're doing here.
I already know.
You wouldn't mind telling us?
You won't like it.
I already don't like it.
You're here to keep me company.
You mean you brought us here?
No. The Companion did.
I told it I'd die of loneliness.
I thought it would release me.
Instead, it brought you here.
That's disgusting!
We're not animals!
Oh, no! It's inhuman!
Spock, run additional tricorder readings.
Learn anything you can.
Find a weapon against this thing.
A weapon?
Do you intend to destroy it?
I intend to do whatever's necessary
to get us off this planet
and Commissioner Hedford to the hospital.
If the Companion's in the way,
then we push it out of the way. Clear?
Quite clear, Captain.
Very well. You have your orders.
Mr. Cochrane, if you left here,
what would happen to you?
I'd begin to age again -- normally.
Do you want to leave here?
Believe me, Captain, immortality consists largely of boredom.
What's it like out there in the galaxy?
We're on 1,000 planets and spreading out.
We cross fantastic distances,
and everything's alive, Cochrane.
Life everywhere.
We estimate there are millions of planets with intelligent life.
We haven't begun to map them. Interesting?
How would you like to sleep for 150 years
and wake up in a new world?
It's all out there waiting foryou.
We'll need your help to get away.
You've got it.
You seem to think this Companion of yours
can do almost anything.
I said it was very powerful.
Could it cure her?
I don't know.
How do you communicate with it?
It's on a nonverbal level.
We've got to try. We're helpless.
See if it can do something.
How do you do it?
I just sort of clear my mind, and it comes.
Bones, what do you make of that?
Almost a symbiosis of some kind,
sort of joining.
Exactly what I think.
Not exactly like a pet owner
speaking to a beloved animal, would you say?
It's more than that.
More like ...
Are you all right?
It drains me a little, but I'm all right.
The Companion can't do anything to help Miss Hedford.
She'll die.
If there's anything I can do to help, I will,
but we can expect nothing from the Companion.
Are you all right?
Quite all right, Doctor.
A most fascinating thing happened.
Apparently, the Companion imparted to me
a rather quaint, old-fashioned electric shock
of respectable voltage.
It attacked you?
Unquestionably, a large part of its substance
is simple electricity.
Oh, yes.
I'm not a scientist or a physicist, Mr. Spock,
but am I correct in assuming
that anything that generates electricity
can be shorted out?
Quite correct, Doctor.
Put this in the proximity of the Companion,
throw this switch,
and it will scramble every electrical impulse
the creature can produce.
It cannot fail.
It troubles you, Cochrane?
The Companion saved my life.
It's taken care of me all these years.
We've been very close
in a way that's hard to explain.
I suppose I even have an affection for it.
It's also keeping you prisoner.
I don't want it killed.
It may simply render it powerless.
But you don't know. You could kill it.
I won't stand for that.
We're getting out of here. Face up to it.
I'll do anything I have to to save our lives.
I suppose from your point of view, you're right.
We understand how you feel, Mr. Cochrane,
but it has to be done.
All right.
You want me to contact it?
What was it they used to call it,
the Judas goat?
There is some risk.
We don't know the extent of its powers.
Nor it ours.
Stop it!
You're killing them!
Stop it, please!
Stop it!
You're choking them! Let them go.
You're choking them!
Stop it!
You all right, Jim?
Yeah, we're all right.
Cochrane got it off of us.
I don't know whether he did us a favor or not.
What kind of talk is that?
How do you fight a thing like that?
I've got a ship up there,
responsibility for four lives here --
one of them dying because of me.
It isn't your fault.
I'm in command, Bones.
It makes it my fault.
How do you fight a thing like that?
Maybe you're a soldier so often
that you forget you're also trained to be a diplomat.
Why not try a carrot instead of a stick?
Yes, Captain?
The universal translator on the shuttlecraft --
we can try that,
talk to that thing.
The translator's for use with more congruent life forms.
Adjust it.
Immortality is boring.
Adjusting the translator
will give you something to do.
It's possible.
Get it here and get to work.
That thing's still out there.
Better go that way.
Any change?
Yes, for the worse.
Ship's Log.
Stardate 3219.8.
Lieutenant Commander Scott
recording in the absence of Captain Kirk.
A shuttlecraft bearing the captain,
the first officer,
Chief Surgeon McCoy,
and Assistant Federation Commissioner Hedford
is now definitely overdue
for a rendezvous with the Enterprise.
We are attempting to backtrack it.
Mr. Scott.
Computer central reports that we're coming up on the coordinates
of the last-established position of the shuttlecraft.
Thank you, Lieutenant.
Mr. Scott, bearing 310, mark 35 just cleared.
No antimatter residue.
All scanners,
spherical sweep.
Range -- maximum.
They'll have to pick it up.
If the shuttlecraft powered away,
but if it were just towed?
There would still be traces
of residual matter floating around.
Bearing 210, mark 40.
Strong particle concentration.
We're on it, Mr. Scott.
Lay on that course. Maintain scanning.
Course laid in, sir.
Particle density decreasing.
Gone, sir.
No readings.
Steady as she goes, Mr. Sulu.
What do you think it means, Mr. Scott?
The shuttlecraft was on schedule
until it was near rendezvous.
Then something happened.
Well, I'd feel a lot better
if you were a little more definite.
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 beams maybe --
They dragged it away on the heading we're now on.
If there are no further traces,
how are we going to follow them?
We stay on this course,
see what comes up.
It's a big galaxy, Mr. Scott.
What's the theory behind this device?
There are certain universal ideas and concepts
common to all intelligent life.
This device instantaneously compares the frequency of brain-wave patterns,
selects those ideas and concepts it recognizes,
and then provides the necessary grammar.
Then it translates its findings into English.
You mean it speaks?
With a voice or the approximation
of whatever the creature is on the sending end.
Not 100% efficient, but nothing ever is.
Ready, Mr. Spock?
Quite ready, Captain.
Mr. Cochrane,
call the Companion.
We wish to talk to you.
[Feminine Voice] How can we communicate?
My thoughts ...
you are hearing them.
This is interesting.
Feminine. No doubt about it.
The matter of gender
could change the entire situation.
I'm way ahead of you.
Then it is not a zookeeper.
A lover.
It is wrong to keep us here against our will.
A man needs the company of his own kind,
or he will cease to exist.
He felt it to me.
One of us will cease to exist
if we don't get her to a place where we can care for her.
The man needs others of his species.
That is why you are here.
The man must continue.
Companion ...
try to understand.
It is the nature of our species to be free,
Just as it is your nature to stay here.
We will ... cease to exist
in captivity.
Your bodies have stopped
their peculiar degeneration.
There will be nothing to harm you.
You will continue,
and the man will continue.
This is necessary.
This is a marvelous opportunity to add to our knowledge.
Ask it about its nature, its history.
This isn't a classroom.
I'm trying to get us out of here.
It could tell us so much.
This isn't the time.
what you offer us is not continuation.
It is nonexistence.
We will cease to exist.
Even the man will cease to exist.
Your impulses are illogical.
This communication is useless.
The man must continue.
There fore, you will continue.
lt is necessary.
Captain ...
why did you build that translator with a feminine voice?
We didn't.
But I heard --
The idea of male and female are universal constants.
Without doubt, the Companion is female.
I don't understand.
You don't?
A blind man could see it with a cane.
You're not a pet.
You're not a specimen kept in a cage.
You're a lover.
I'm a what?
Her attitude toward you is profoundly different
than when she contacts us.
Her appearance is soft, gentle.
Her voice is melodic, pleasing.
I do not totally understand the emotion,
but it obviously exists.
The Companion loves you.
Do you know what you're saying?
For all these years, I've let something as alien as that
crawl around inside me,
into my mind, my feelings.
It kept you alive.
It fed on me. It's disgusting.
There's nothing disgusting about it.
It's just another life form.
You get used to those things.
You're as bad as it is.
Your highly emotional reaction is most illogical.
Your relationship with the Companion
has for 150 years been emotionally satisfying,
eminently practical,
and totally harmless.
It may indeed have been quite beneficial.
Is this what the future holds,
men who have no notion of decency or morality?
Maybe I'm 150 years out of style,
but I'm not going to be fodder
for any inhuman monster.
Fascinating --
a totally parochial attitude.
Right here, Miss Hedford.
I heard him.
He was loved ...
and he resents it.
You just rest.
I --I don't want to die.
I've been -- been good at my job ...
but ...
I've never been loved.
Wh-What kind of life is that ...
not to be loved ...
never ... to have shown love?
And he runs away from love.
Ship 's Log, stardate 3220.3.
Lieutenant Commander Scott reporting
in lieu of the captain andthe first officer.
We are continuing our search
for the missing shuttlecraft.
Approaching what seems to be an asteroid belt, sir.
Scanners report approximately 7,000 bodies
of sizes running from types "A" to "N."
Atmosphere count?
Approximately 34% of the bodies
of atmospherian types "H" to "M."
All right, then. We'll do it the hard way.
All sensors set for life form registration--
automatic selection.
There are thousands of them out there
they could be on,
if they're on any of them at all.
Aye, that's right, Lieutenant.
Thousands ...
and we'll look them over one by one.
Companion, do you love the man?
I ...
do not ...
Is he important to you,
more important than anything?
Is he ...
as though he were a part of you?
He is part of me.
The man must continue.
He will not continue.
He will cease to exist.
By your feeling for him,
you are condemning him
to an existence he will find unbearable.
He will cease to exist.
He does not age.
He remains forever.
You speak of his body.
I speak of his spirit.
Companion, inside the shelter,
a female of our species is dying.
She will not continue.
That is what will happen to the man
unless you release all of us.
I ...
do not understand.
Our species ...
can only survive ...
if we have obstacles to overcome.
You ...
take away all obstacles.
Without them to strengthen us,
we will weaken and die.
You regard the man only as a toy.
You amuse yourself with him.
You are wrong.
The man is the center of all things.
I care for him.
But you can't really love him.
You haven't the slightest knowledge of love,
the total union of two people.
You are the Companion. He is the man.
You are two different things.
You can't join.
You can't ...
You may keep him here forever ...
but you will always be separate ...
apart from him.
If ...
I were human ...
there can be ...
What did you hope to gain by that, Jim?
Try to convince her
of the hopelessness of it.
Love sometimes expresses it self in sacrifice.
I thought maybe if she loved him,
she'd let him go.
But she or it is inhuman, Captain.
You cannot expect her to react like a human.
I tried.
It's useless. I know.
Zefram Cochrane.
I don't understand it.
She's not sick at all.
We understand.
It's her.
Don't you understand? It's the Companion.
She's perfectly healthy.
Heart like a hammer.
Respiration normal.
Blood pressure normal.
This is medically impossible.
We are here.
Both of us --
those you knew as the Commissioner
and the Companion.
We are both here.
Companion, you do not have the power
to create life.
That is for the Maker of all things.
But Commissioner Hedford was dying.
That part of us
was too weak to hold on.
In a moment, there would have been no continuing.
Now we're together.
Then you are both here, in the one body?
We are one.
Zefram ...
we frighten you.
We've never frightened you before.
This is loneliness.
Oh, what a bitter thing.
Oh, Zefram, it's so sad.
How do you bear it, this loneliness?
Spock, check out the shuttlecraft --
engine, communications, everything.
That will not be necessary, Captain.
Your vehicle will operate as before,
so will the communications device.
You're letting us go?
We could do nothing now to stop you.
You said we would not know love
because we were not human. Now we are human.
We'll know the change of days.
We will know death.
But to touch the hand of man,
nothing is as important.
You're very beautiful.
Part of me ...
Part does not.
But it pleases me.
I could explain ... many things.
Oh, let me walk, Zefram.
Let me feel the earth against my feet.
Let me feel the warmth of the sun on my face.
You beside me --
let me feel these things.
Go ahead, Cochrane.
We have a few things to do.
Mr. Scott, it's the captain.
Put him on.
Lock on to his coordinates.
Captain, this is Scotty. Are you all right?
Yes. Get a fix on us.
The helm is computing your position now.
Course 224, mark 12.
E.T.A. -- 57 minutes.
We'll be there in 57 minutes, sir.
Good. I'll continue transmitting.
Assume standard orbit when you arrive.
We'll transport up in the shuttlecraft.
What happened, Captain?
Interesting story, Scotty.
I can't tell you now because, quite frankly,
I don't know how it's going to end.
Kirk out.
Everything will be an eye-opener to you.
There's a thousand planets out there,
a thousand races, and I'll show everything to you,
soon as I learn my way around again.
Maybe I can make up a little
for everything you've done for me.
I can't go with you, Zefram.
Of course you can. You have to.
My life emanates from this place.
If I should leave it
for more than a tiny march of days,
I'll cease to exist.
I must return, even as you must consume matter
to maintain your life.
You gave up everything to be human?
But even if you stay here, you'll eventually die.
The joy of this hour ...
I am pleased.
I can't just fly away and leave you here.
You must be free, Zefram Cochrane.
You saved my life ...
took care of me.
You loved me.
I never understood.
I do now.
We're locked in, Captain.
Standard orbit established.
Shuttlecraft bay standing by to receive you.
Stand by, Scotty.
The Enterprise is waiting, Mr. Cochrane.
I can't take her away from here.
If I do, she'll die.
If I leave her, she'll die of loneliness.
I owe everything to her.
I can't leave her. I love her.
Is that surprising?
Not coming from a human being.
You are, after all, essentially irrational.
Think it over, Mr. Cochrane.
There's a whole galaxy out there
waiting to honor you.
I have honors enough.
But you will age, both of you.
There will be no immortality.
You'll both grow old here ...
and finally die.
That's been happening to men and women for a long time.
I feel it's one of the pleasanter things about being human,
as long as you grow old together.
Are you sure?
There's plenty of water here.
The climate's good for growing things.
I might plant a fig tree.
A man's entitled to that, isn't he?
It isn't gratitude, Captain.
Now that I see her ...
touch her ...
I know that I love her.
We'll have a lot of years together.
They'll be happy ones.
All the best.
Captain ...
don't tell them about me.
Not a word, Mr. Cochrane.
Jim, what about that war on Epsilon Canaris 3?
Well, I'm sure the Federation
can find another woman somewhere
who'll stop that war.

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Episode 32. Metamorphosis

Technically Goofs, there are several points of this episode that are ignored in the movie First Contact: 1) Glenn Corbett looks nothing like a young James Cromwell; 2) Cochrane here has no knowledge of Vulcans even though in First Contact he makes...well, first contact with them; and here Cochrane is from Alpha Centauri but in the movie he is an Earth Native (there have been various non-canon and fan explanations for why he would no longer consider Earth his "home".
At the start of the episode, Kirk states that they will meet the Enterprise in 4 hours, 21 minutes. Assuming they've been in flight for a short while already, that would probably mean about a 5 hour trip to meet the Enterprise. Coupled with a 5 hour trip to pick up the comissioner, that would be a 10 hour shuttle ride. That's an awfully long trip for a shuttle to make. Considering the Miss. Hedford's sickly condition, it would be a lot quicker to use the Enterprise to pick her up. You could argue that maybe the Enterprise was busy doing something else, but then why does Scotty spend all the episode looking for Kirk? Also, in "The Menagerie", Kirk indicates that the shuttle does not have more than a few hours of oxygen in it, so it seems that a 5 hour shuttle ride would be pushing it, and that's assuming that they were able to refuel before they headed back.
Toward the end of the episode, Capt. Kirk calls the ship with his communicator. Since they are 57 minutes away from the ship at the time they make contact, that would be an awfully long range for a personal communicator to have.
The shuttlecraft that Kirk and company are in is called the Galileo. However, the Galileo was destroyed in the first season episode "The Galileo 7". Later episodes correct for this by showing the shuttle as "Galileo II", but they seemed to have forgotten it for this episode.
When Kirk and McCoy first see Cochrane communicating with the companion, they comment about how it looks like love. There is no obvious indication of love whatsoever. All they are seeing is the companion hovering over Cochran, but for some reason they just start rambling about it being love.
The Companion says it will let the shuttlecraft operate normally so they can leave. Originally it brought them down with an energy dampening field. However, later it shorted out all the circuits when it attacked Spock - how did it fix those?
Kirk, Spock, and McCoy agree to not tell anyone in Starfleet of Cochrane's existance on the planet. Then how do they intend to explain the disappearance of the Commissioner. Also, since the Companion was essentially responsible for the Commissioner's death and then stole her body aftewards, is it not guilty of a crime? However, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy seem pretty content with letting this all go.
First appearance of Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of warp drive. He would later reappear in "Star Trek: First Contact" as well as the pilot episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise", "Broken Bow", although he'd be played by James Cromwell in both instances.

Symbolically, the coloured patterns in the scarf worn by the Commissioner are identical to the patterns in the energy field of the Companion. This is shown clearly as she looks at Cochrane through the scarf near the end of the episode. This wasn't scripted or even intended by the production staff. Ralph Senensky came up with the idea on the set, calling it "one of those wonderful freak accidents that happen". The inspiration was a scene in The F.B.I.: The Escape (1966), also directed by Senensky.
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In the first draft, the Enterprise is temporarily commanded by Sulu, and the helmsman is an officer with an Africas background, named Lieutenant Ackrumba. The character later appeared in the novel "Mission to Horatius".
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A Gold Key Comics comic book was released as a sequel to this episode, #49: "A Warp in Space".
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This is the first story to feature Zefram Cochrane, inventor of warp drive and an important figure to Federation history. He would later re-appear in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow: Part 1 (2001), played by James Cromwell.
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In the first draft script, Scotty is also on board the shuttlecraft (here called the Edison) with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Hedford. It was originally he who was to encounter the Companion while attempting to repair the shuttlecraft.
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A few scenes featuring Elinor Donahue had to be re-shot, because the original film negatives were damaged and couldn't be used. Portions of the planet set had to be rebuilt, since other episodes were shot there by that time, using different sets. Meanwhile, Donahue got pneumonia and lost ten pounds. To hide this, they put Hedford's scarf around her neck and upper body. However, her weight loss is still visible on her face. The re-shots were not directed by Ralph Senensky.
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The scenes of Cochrane communicating with the Companion were all shot at one time. The set was then completely redone with his house added for all of the sequences with Kirk and company. The inconsistencies between the two versions of the same set can be seen in alien trees that are near Cochrane in one view and absent in the next.
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The Enterprise does not make an appearance until 27 minutes into the episode.
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The inner slipcase, along with the fold-out episode guide, from the 2004 DVD release of Star Trek: The Original Series - Complete Season Two, featured a large still image on the front cover of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy which was taken from this episode.
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This is the only episode in the first two seasons in which Captain Kirk is not on the Enterprise at any time during the plot. Likewise, the Enterprise does not appear until twenty-seven minutes into the episode. In four third season shows, Kirk also spends the entire episode off-ship: Star Trek: The Paradise Syndrome (1968), Star Trek: Plato's Stepchildren (1968), Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy (1969), and Star Trek: All Our Yesterdays (1969).
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Chekov does not appear in this episode.
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Nowhere in this show does the name Gamma Canaris N come up.
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This takes place in 2267.
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The Companion was designed by future Richard Edlund at Westheimer photographic effects company.

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

The shuttlecraft mock-up is not the same as the set used for the interiors of the Galileo. Kirk and company are all crouching as they emerge from the ship, yet the shuttlecraft interior set had a lot more headroom.

The episode's preview includes a take not used in the final episode, during which Hedford tells McCoy that she doesn't want to die. She does say this in the episode, before explaining that she has not had love in her life, but the scene is filmed as a close-up instead.

In a rare effect, slowly moving "clouds" were blown in from hidden vents, adding a touch of reality to the usually static planet set. This was also used in Star Trek: Obsession (1967).

A view of the starship from dead center in front of the saucer section is used only in this episode.

All the footage of the shuttlecraft in outer space was reused from Star Trek: The Galileo Seven (1967), some with the Companion animation added in post-production.

To give an illusion of open space to a confined stage set, wide angle lenses were used. Although Glenn Corbett appears to be hundreds of yards away when he first runs toward the shuttle, he is much closer. Strategically placed rocks also allowed the camera to be very far away without seeing the edges of the set.

A drawback to the use of a wide angle lens is evident in the scene where Glenn Corbett first approaches the shuttlecraft. Accent lights on top of the set's background are clearly visible along the top of the "sky" as the camera pans to the right when following Corbett's path. At the end of the shot the black edge of the set is clearly visible behind the shuttlecraft.

The planet used as Gamma Canaris N (a purple color-corrected version of the planet created for Star Trek: Operation - Annihilate! (1967), portraying Deneva) is reused in subsequent episodes, representing the Halkan homeworld in Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror (1967), Omega IV in Star Trek: The Omega Glory (1968) and Holberg 917G in Star Trek: Requiem for Methuselah (1969).

This was George Duning's first Star Trek score, the strength of which got him rehired for many more assignments, including Star Trek: Patterns of Force (1968), Star Trek: Return to Tomorrow (1968), Star Trek: And the Children Shall Lead (1968), Star Trek: Is There in Truth No Beauty? (1968), and Star Trek: The Empath (1968). Portions of the score were reheard throughout the season, but the love themes were reused only once more, in Star Trek: The Gamesters of Triskelion (1968).

Elizabeth Rogers, uncredited for some reason for her voice work as the Companion, returned to the series two times as communications officer Lt. Palmer.

The original voice of the Companion was too emotionless and robotic, and all of her dialogs had to be re-recorded by another actress (apparently Elizabeth Rogers).

Elinor Donahue recalled about this episode, "I remember watching it at home. And I am quite often nervous about watching something I'm in because there is nothing you can do about it once it's out there. But I was very pleased with it; very happy."

Ralph Senensky named this episode as his favorite among those he directed. Senensky recalled, praising the work of Gene L. Coon, "I just thought the script was absolutely wonderful. As I remember Gene [Coon], he was the least author-y type of person. He just didn't seem like an author. He didn't present that kind of sensitivity that his writing had expressed. It was just a deep, deep script and scene after scene had so many angles to come at it from. It was a complex script."

The first draft script ends with a joke: as the landing party leaves the planetoid, Spock wonders if Cochrane is a bigamist, by having two entities in the same body for his partner. Kirk assures him that this is nonsense.

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