Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Original Series)

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Star Trek: The Original Series episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 9
Directed by Ralph Senensky
Written by Gene L. Coon
Featured music George Duning
Cinematography by Jerry Finnerman
Production code 031
Original air date November 10, 1967 (1967-11-10)
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"Metamorphosis" is a second season episode of the original science fiction television series Star Trek first broadcast November 10, 1967 and repeated July 19, 1968. It is episode #38, production #31, written by Gene L. Coon, and directed by Ralph Senensky.

In this episode, a shuttle crew from the USS Enterprise encounters a man out of history and his mysterious alien companion.


Federation Commissioner Nancy Hedford is being ferried to the starship USS Enterprise aboard the shuttlecraft Galileo. Hedford, a tough career diplomat, has Sakuro's disease and needs immediate treatment aboard the "Enterprise". The ship will then transport her to Epsilon Canaris III, where she will conduct vital peace talks between the planet's warring factions.

Without warning, a strange glob of energy disables the craft's systems. The energy pulls them down to the nearby planet. Kirk tries to contact the "Enterprise" for assistance, but his signals are blocked by some unknown phenomenon.

Suddenly a friendly young man named Cochrane appears and tells the party he has been marooned on the planet for quite some time; evidently there is a dampening field in effect and they are stranded just as he is. Cochrane leads his new guests to his home, a small shelter.

The crew find Cochrane's face familiar. When questioned, he admits that he is Zefram Cochrane, the discoverer of the 'space warp'. He also tells how, when he was 87 (150 years prior to the events of the episode), he took to space to die alone. When he came to this system, he would have surely been killed if he had not been saved by the same energy force which brought Kirk's shuttle down. He calls the being who saved him "The Companion", a shimmering blob of sparking energy, and says the entity brought the others here to keep him company. Despite being so old, Cochrane appears young, claiming The Companion rejuvenated him.

As Spock performs repairs on the shuttle, the Companion fries the electrical systems, rendering any hope of repair useless. Spock informs Kirk of the encounter. Spock believes the creature's electrical attack may give a clue to how to disable it. He sets to work constructing a device that may "short circuit" the entity.

Once Spock's device is complete, Kirk convinces Cochrane to call the Companion. When the Companion appears, Spock activates his device. The effect seems to cause Cochrane more harm, as he stiffens in pain while the Companion lashes out at its attackers. Cochrane regains his composure and draws the Companion from the attack.

Kirk decides to communicate directly with the entity, and Spock modifies their universal translator. The device works, and the Companion responds in a female voice. She explains that she is keeping Cochrane on the planet because she is in love. Cochrane, repulsed, barges off.

Kirk tries to convince the Companion that she is not capable of loving a human the way another human can and that if she truly loves Cochrane, she would let him go. The Companion seems to disagree, then disappears. To everyone's amazement, Commissioner Hedford rises, recovered. The Companion, speaking from within Hedford, says the two have merged and are now one. This is now the only thing keeping her alive: if the Companion leaves her body, she will die. She states that before losing her abilities, she restored the shuttle-craft, permitting the crew's departure.

Companion-Nancy asks for a walk with Cochrane. When she explains that her essence will cease to exist if removed from the planet, Cochrane decides to remain behind for a normal human lifespan with her. Meanwhile, the "Enterprise" arrives, and Scotty orders a search for loxygen in an asteroid field. Kirk contacts the ship, and he, Spock, and McCoy agree to keep Cochrane's presence secret.

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