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The Changeling

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Title ---------------------------------- The Changeling
Writer ------------------------- John Meredyth Lucas
Director ---------------------------------- Marc Daniels
Original Air Date ------------- September 29, 1967
Order of Filming ---------------------------------- 37th
Order of Broadcasting -------------------------- 32nd
Filmed ------------------------- Early & mid July 1967


Captain James T. Kirk ------------ William Shatner
Lieutenant Cmdr. Spock ---------- Leonard Nimoy
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy ---- DeForest Kelley
Lt. Cmdr. Montomery Scott ------- James Doohan
Lieutenant Sulu ----------------------- George Takei
Lieutenant Uhura ------------------ Nichelle Nichols
Ensign Pavel Chekov --------------- Walter Koenig
Nurse Christine Chapel -------------- Majel Barrett


Lt. Singh ---------------------------- Blaisdell Makee
Astrochemist ------------------------ Barbara Gates
Lt. Carlisle -------------------------- Arnold Lessing
Nomad (voice) --------------------------- Vic Perrin
Engineer ----------------------------- Meade Martin
James Doohan's Stunt Double ------- Jay Jones
Security Guard #1 (voice) ------- Arnold Lessing


The U.S.S. Enterprise is sent to investigate the destruction of the Malurian system and its four billion inhabitants. When it arrives at the coordinates, the starship itself is threatened by a space going, self-contained computer/probe calling itself Nomad. When Kirk identifies himself by name, Nomad mistakes him for "The Kirk," and thinks him to be his creator.

Nomad is beamed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and promptly erases Uhura's memory and kills Scotty, claiming that neither life form was perfect. At Kirk's demand Nomad repairs "the unit Scott," bringing him back to life.

Spock attempts a Vulcan mind meld with Nomad and learns that it was created on Earth in the twenty-first century by scientist Jackson Roykirk. Nomad's program was to seek out new life and report back to Earth. Damaged in space by a meteor, Nomad drifted until it found Tan Ru, an alien probe designed to sterilize soil. Using their self-repair systems, the two probes combined themselves into one. Nomad's programming was damaged and by joining with Tan Ru's now believes its mission is to seek out life and destroy anything that it does not believe perfect.

Kirk convinces Nomad that it had mistaken him, Captain James T. Kirk, for Nomad's creator, Jackson Roykirk, thus making Nomad imperfect and a candidate for "sterilization." A confused Nomad begins to self-destruct, exploding just after Kirk beams the changeling into space. Kirk checks on Uhura's progress after the attack by Nomad. McCoy informs him that her brain is undamaged and she must simply "relearn" what the probe erased.


Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 29

(1) Sweep ------------------- 22.4 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk

(2) Blood -------------------- 7.68 KB
Mr. Spock

It would be interesting to find out what the
Simboline Blood Burn actually is.

(3) Photon ------------------- 10.7 KB
Mr. Spock

90 photon torpedoes and NO DAMAGE?!?!?!
How come an enemy ship can fire just a few
torpedoes and cause the shields to fail?

They goofed with this statistic.

(4) Peaceful ----------------- 30.2 KB
Captain Kirk

(5) Bulk --------------------- 54.6 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk - Scotty

(6) Faster ------------------- 6.66 KB
Captain Kirk

This episodes has many similarities
to Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

(7) Position ------------------ 27.2 KB
Captain Kirk - Scotty

(8) Knock -------------------- 5.90 KB
Dr. McCoy

(9) Sol ---------------------- 24.1 KB
Captain Kirk - Nomad

Our planet is also known as Sol III because
our sun is called Sol and Earth is the 3rd planet.

(10) Creator ----------------- 40.1 KB
Nomad - Dr. McCoy - Captain Kirk

(11) Function ---------------- 16.8 KB

(12) Beastie ----------------- 13.0 KB
Scotty - Captain Kirk - Uhura (singing)

(13) Dead ------------------- 3.62 KB
Dr. McCoy

His most famous line of dialogue.

(14) Impulses ---------------- 35.1 KB
Captain Kirk - Nomad - Mr. Spock

I could get into trouble if I comment on this one!

(15) Unit -------------------- 39.4 KB

(16) Reaction ---------------- 8.44 KB
Nurse Chapel - Dr. McCoy

(17) Lot --------------------- 38.1 KB
Scotty - Dr. McCoy - Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk

(18) Tick -------------------- 4.63 KB
Captain Kirk

(19) Damaged --------------- 53.3 KB
Mr. Spock

(20) Mother ----------------- 23.6 KB
Captain Kirk

(21) Biological --------------- 12.7 KB
Captain Kirk

(22) Imperfect --------------- 21.9 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk

(23) Sterilize ----------------- 33.8 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

(24) Nomad ------------------ 13.7 KB

(25) Error -------------------- 7.68 KB

(26) Danger ----------------- 10.2 KB
Mr. Spock

(27) Dazzling ---------------- 16.8 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk

(28) College ----------------- 14.7 KB
Dr. McCoy - Captain Kirk

What about all of Uhura's experiences
up to the point when her mind is erased?
Her childhood . . . Her teens . . .
They can't possibly teach her about those.
They shouldn't have had Nomad erase
her mind completely.

(29) Son -------------------- 64.8 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

Another funny ending!


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