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Star trek: The original series 2.02a - The changeling

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While investigating the destruction of the Malurian System and its four billion inhabitants, Kirk (William Shatner) discovers Nomad (voiced by Vic Perrin), a robotic space probe gone wild. Kirk beams it aboard the Enterprise, only to have it kill Scotty (James Doohan) and erase Uhura's (Nichelle Nichols) mind. Its next target - Earth! Can Kirk find a way to stop this deadly machine?

Persons of interest

  • William Shatner .... Captain James Tiberius Kirk
  • Leonard Nimoy .... Commander Spock
  • Deforest Kelley .... Doctor Leonard H McCoy
  • James Doohan .... Lieutenant Montgomery Scott
  • Nichelle Nichols .... Lieutenant Uhura
  • George Takei .... Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
  • Walter Koenig .... Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov
  • Majel Barrett .... Nurse Christine Chapel
  • Grace Lee Whitney .... Yeoman Janice Rand
  • Blaisdell makee .... Mister Singh
  • Vic Perrin .... Nomad (voice)
  • John Meredyth Lucas .... Screenwriter
  • Marc Daniels .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Frankenstein's machine.

The return of a technological terror of one's own creation is a favourite theme among science fiction writers and Nomad's return to Federation space brings a nice twist to the old tale (this episode is, of course, the basis for the first Star trek movie). What makes Nomad even more threatening is its assimilation of the Tan Ru probe's technology, giving it far greater powers and far more evil intent than originally possible.

Kirk and Spock's handling of the crisis is masterful: logic, anger, aggression, fear, compassion... both express these traits in subtle yet meaningful ways. Kirk's inexorable logic has a vicious edge to it that Spock's cannot, while Spock's compassion is cold in a way Kirk's cannot be.

It's also good to see Uhura and Chapel getting some screen time as more than just short skirted assistants to the men: Uhura's re-education scenes are great.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

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