Episode Title: "METAMORPHOSIS"
Production Number: 31
Original Air Date: 11-10-67
Stardates: 3219.8, 3220.3
Captain Kirk, Commander Spock, and Dr. McCoy are aboard the shuttle Galileo taking Assistant Federation Commissioner Nancy Hedford back to the U.S.S. Enterprise. The Commissioner was assigned to Epsilon Canaris Three to prevent a war, but she had to leave early when she contracted Sakuro's disease.
Before they can reach the Enterprise, the shuttle is intercepted by a plasma cloud travelling at warp and is pulled into the Gamma Canaris region. The shuttle is forced to land on a planetoid with an Earth-like environment, where the Enterprise officers meet a young man named Cochrane who has been stranded there for years. He claims to be Zefram Cochrane of Alpha Centauri, the discoverer of the space warp, who supposedly died 150 years ago. He was 87 years old when his ship was taken to this planetoid by the ion cloud -- which he calls the Companion. The Companion rejuvenated him and provides food to keep him alive, and it brought the shuttle to provide company for Cochrane.
Captain Kirk determines that the Companion is in love with Cochrane, and it will not let any of them leave, even though Commissioner Hedford will die without immediate medical treatment. The Companion merges with Hedford's dying body, curing it of the disease, but must remain on the planetoid that gives the Companion life. Cochrane decides to remain on the planetoid with Hedford, and Kirk promises not to tell anyone that he is still alive.
Factoid: The name Zefram Cochrane is revered throughout the known Galaxy. Planets, cities, and universities were named after him.
Factoid: The Federation is on a thousand planets and spreading out, according to Captain Kirk.
Factoid: The universal translator instantaneously compares the frequency of brainwave patterns, selects the common ideas and concepts it recognizes, and provides the necessary grammar, then translates its findings into English, in the approximated voice of the creature speaking.
Dr. McCoy: "I'm not a scientist or a physicist, Mr. Spock. ..."
Guest Characters: *Dr. Zefram Cochrane, Lt. Leslie
Alien Races: *Gamma Canarian
KEY: [brackets]=illusions *star=first appearance