Star Trek


Season 2, Ep 9, Aired 11/10/67
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  • Episode Description
  • When their shuttle is diverted to a planetoid, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy encounter Earth's Warp Drive pioneer, Zefram Cochrane, who appears to have survived there alone for 150 years.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • William Shatner

    Captain James Tiberius Kirk

  • DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

  • Gene L. Coon

  • Ralph Senensky

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • The shuttlecraft Galileo, with Kirk and three others aboard, is drawn to a planet where they meet the creator of warp drive.

    By Celedorian, Oct 31, 2010

  • Romantic and touching story, a memorable bit of nostalgia

    By DrCroland, Apr 25, 2014

  • Guy who invented warp drive tries to take a bath with some brainy commissioner lady

    By hrtonslv, Dec 25, 2006

  • Interesting, but not TREK's finest hour ...

    By peck2000, Aug 17, 2006

  • It has some flaws, it's a little dated, but I find this installment under-rated.

    By Mac-Ale, Nov 03, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • 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.

    • 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?

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    Notes (3)

    • Shuttle-in-distress footage recycled from the episode "The Galileo Seven."

    • Zefram Cochrane would later appear in the movie First Contact, the events of which precede this episode.

    • Desilu No: 5149-31.

    Trivia (9)

    • Kirk should have offered supplies and equipment to Cochrane before leaving the planet, but didn't. It's not clear how he and the Companion are going to survive based on Cochrane's ability to grow fig trees now that the Companion can't provide for him.

    • Trivia: Cochrane was 87 years old when he "disappeared."

    • 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 appears to have no first-hand knowledge of Vulcans even though in First Contact he makes...well, first contact with them; and 3) 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 five-hour trip to meet the Enterprise. Coupled with a 5-hour trip to pick up the commissioner, 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. Arguably 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 five-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.

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