Star Trek

Season 2 Episode 9


Aired Unknown Nov 10, 1967 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • The shuttlecraft that Kirk and company are in is called the Galileo. However, the Galileo was destroyed in the first season episode "The Galileo 7". Later episodes correct for this by showing the shuttle as Galileo II, but they seemed to have forgotten it for this episode.

    • When Kirk and McCoy first see Cochrane communicating with the Companion, they comment about how it looks like love. There is no obvious indication of love whatsoever. All they are seeing is the Companion hovering over Cochrane, but for some reason they just start rambling about it being love.

    • The Companion says it will let the shuttlecraft operate normally so they can leave. Originally it brought them down with an energy dampening field. However, later it shorted out all the circuits when it attacked Spock - how did it fix those?

    • Kirk, Spock, and McCoy agree to not tell anyone in Starfleet of Cochrane's existence on the planet. Then how do they intend to explain the disappearance of the Commissioner. Also, since the Companion was essentially responsible for the Commissioner's death and then stole her body afterward, is it not guilty of a crime? However, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy seem pretty content with letting this all go.

  • 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.

    • 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: 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.

    • (as the Enterprise is searching for the missing shuttlecraft)
      Scott: It didn't wreck. There's no debris. There's no trace of expelled internal atmosphere. No residual radioactivity. Ah, it's... something took over. Tractor beams maybe... something. They dragged it away on the heading we're now on.
      Uhura: If there are no further traces, how are we going to follow them?
      Scott: We stay on this course. See what comes up.
      Uhura: It's a big galaxy, Mr. Scott.
      Scott: Aye!

    • 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.

    • Nancy: What kind of love is that? Not to be loved; never to have shown love.

    • Cochrane: Believe me, Captain, immortality consists largely of boredom.

    • Kirk: It is the nature of our species to be free.

    • McCoy: There's nothing disgusting about it. It's just another life form, that's all. You get used to those things.

    • Kirk: Our species can only survive if we have obstacles to overcome. You remove those obstacles. Without them to strengthen us, we will weaken and die.

    • The Companion: This is loneliness? What a bitter thing ... it's so sad. How do you bear it, this loneliness?

    • Kirk: Not one hundred percent efficient, of course ... but nothing ever is.

    • 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.

    • Kirk: The idea of male and female are universal constants.

    • Kirk: Love sometimes expresses itself in sacrifice.

    • 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.

    • Cochrane: 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.

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