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Star Trek - Metamorphosis

episode 2.9
Raumschiff Enterprise - Metamorphose

USA 1967
produced by
Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Ralph Senensky
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Glenn Corbett, Elinor Donahue, James Doohan, George Takei, Elizabeth Rogers (voice)
written by Gene L. Coon, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by George Duning

TV series
Star Trek, Classic Star Trek, Star Trek (original crew)

review by
Mike Haberfelner




Federation diplomat Nancy Hedford (Elinor Donahue) was to negotiate a peace between two planets but became seriuosly ill, which is why Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and McCoy (DeForest Kelley) pick her up with a shuttle to fly her to the Enterprise where she can be easily cured. However on the way to the ship, they are sucked onto an asteroid (with perfect living conditions for humans) which they are apparently unable to leave because of some energy cloud. Soon they find out the asteroid is inhabited by a man, Cochrane (Glenn Corbett), who turns out to be the inventor of the warp drive who has been living here for a mere 150 years, staying forever in his mid-30s. It's soon revealed that the energy cloud is actually a sentient being Cochrane calls "the Companion" (voiced by Elizabeth Rogers), and Cochrane and the Companion have a sort of symbiotic relationship - which Kirk identifies as love, but Cochrane insists on the contrary. Cochrane though, after 150 years of loneliness, is desparate to escape, so he agrees to help our heroes in their attempts to do just that. At first, Kirk and company try to attack and destroy the Companion, but it's just too strong to even be dented. So they try to reason with it, teach it feelings ... and ultimately, the Companion takes over the body of dying Nancy Hedford, and as her let's the others go but persuades Cochrane to stay with her on the asteroid until the end of their natural lives.

 

Quite simply, not one of the better episodes of the show. Sure, one has to love the set designs, including purple skies and the like, they're all pure 1960s, as is the energy cloud adversary of our heroes, but when it boils down to a simple "love is the answer" solution to the whole preceding story, one feels a bit cheated, having expected something a little more in terms of action. Fans of course will still find an abundance of beloved Star Trek mainstays firmly in place, including Shatner hamming it up, so there are things to like here for those inclined, it's just a less noteworthy episode.

 

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