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Star Trek: Metamorphosis

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy transport an ailing Commissioner Nancy Hedford from Epsilon Caneris 3 to the Enterprise. Their shuttle is intercepted by an ionized hydrogen cloud and forced to land on a small inhabitable planet. The shuttlecraft engine is damaged and while they struggle to make repair, they come into contact with a person of great historical meaning to the Federation, thought to have been dead for 150 years.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x9
Production Number: 60331
Airdate: Friday November 10th, 1967

Director: Ralph Senensky
Writer: Gene L. Coon


  • Currently 6.5/10
6.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
James Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Recurring
George Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Recurring
Nichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Recurring

Guest Stars
Glenn Corbett
As Zefram Cochrane
Elinor Donahue
As Commissioner Nancy Hedford

Uncredited
Eddie Paskey
As Lt. Leslie
Recurring
Elizabeth Rogers
voiced The Companion
Recurring
William Blackburn
As Lt. Hadley
Recurring
Main Cast
William Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock
DeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

Recap

The Galileo is en route back to the Enterprise with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy delivering Commissioner Nancy Hedford, who is suffering from a rare but fatal disease. She’ll die if they don’t get her back to the Enterprise for treatment, but an ionized hydrogen cloud suddenly engulfs the shuttlecraft, shorts out the systems, and draws it down to a nearby planetoid. While Spock tries to repair the engines without success, a human in flight coveralls cheerfully approaches them and welcomes them to the planet. He introduces himself as Cochrane and both Kirk and McCoy think he looks familiar. Cochrane tells them the engines won’t work and that he crash landed on the planet. He claims ignorance of the phenomena that drew them off course and invites them back to his shelter...

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Episode Notes
The Enterprise is not shown until 27 minutes into the episode.

This is the only episode in the first two seasons where Kirk isn't seen aboard the Enterprise.



Episode Quotes
Kirk: Commissioner, stay inside.
Hedford: Just how long do I stay inside, Captain?
Kirk: That's a very good question. I wish I could answer it.

Cochrane: I have a small place, all the comforts of home. I can even offer you a hot bath.
Hedford: How perceptive of you to notice I needed one.

Kirk: Perhaps you can find out what we're doing here.
Cochrane: I already know.
Kirk: You wouldn't mind telling us?
Cochrane: You won't like it.
Kirk: I already don't like it.

Cochrane: Believe me, Captain, immortality consists largely of boredom. What's it like out there, in the galaxy?
Kirk: We're on a thousand 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?
Cochrane: How would you like to sleep for 150 years and wake up in a new world?
Kirk: It's all out there waiting for you.

McCoy: Spock! Are you all right?
Spock: Yes. 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.

Kirk: How do you fight a thing like that?
McCoy: 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?

Spock: The translator's for use with more congruent life forms.
Kirk: Adjust it. Immortality is boring. Adjusting the translator will give you something to do.

Spock: 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.
Cochrane: 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.
Spock: Fascinating--a totally parochial attitude.

Kirk: 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.

Spock: Companion, you do not have the power to create life.
The Companion: That is for the Maker of all things.

The Companion: 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.

Cochrane: I can't leave her. I love her. Is that surprising?
Spock: Not coming from a human being. You are, after all, essentially irrational.

Spock: There will be no immortality. You'll both grow old here and finally die.
Cochrane: 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.



Episode Goofs
As Cochrane approaches the shuttlecraft, you can see the studio lights at the top of the background landscape painting, due to the wide angle lens. (This is fixed in the remastered version.)

The trees near Cochrane appear/disappear as he communes with the Companion. In the long side shots there is a large tree behind him that disappears when the camera goes to a medium head-on shot.

The exterior shots of the shuttlecraft don't match the interior. When Kirk and the others first emerge, they are crouched down despite the ample headroom in the interior shots. Also, it's clear from the exterior view through the doors that there are no chairs or control panels within the exterior mock-up.



Episode References
What Changed in the Remastered Version
General improvements cited on the main series page. New CGI shuttlecraft footage is incorporated into the opening sequence and there's a new closing shot of the shuttlecraft approaching the Enterprise. Cochrane's unidentified planetoid receives a CGI makeover. The F/X of the Companion, both in space and on the planetoid, are touched up. Distant landmarks (such as mountains) and clouds appear, making the planetoid look less like a Hollywood sound stage.



Analysis
The Companion claims early in the episode that it can do nothing for the ailing Commissioner Hedford. Yet at the end of the episode, it has healed her completely, from a far more advanced stage of her disease. How does one reconcile this difference? One possibility is that the Companion simply lied early on. It knew, or suspected, that Cochrane would be drawn to a human woman and would reject it, especially since he did not suspect the true nature of their relationship, and as far as the Companion then knew, never would. By permitting Hedford to die, the Companion essentially kept the field clear. This also explains how it was able to prevent aging, a far more pervasive problem, and yet not able to cure Sakuro's disease. Another possibility is that it could not cure Hedford except by merging with her and sustaining her life in that fashion, something which it was not at that time prepared to do. Such a merger cost it all of its powers, a price it was only willing to pay when the clear alternative was the loss of Cochrane.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerGene L. Coon
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
Make-upFred B. Phillips
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
OtherHerbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Art DirectorWalter M. Jefferies
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
 
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