‘THE CHANGELING’ (TOS)
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I greatly enjoyed this episode of ‘Star Trek’ more than my Mum does. My Mum says that there isn’t enough action in the episode. Perhaps there isn’t, but I do like the drama and mystery featured in it.
I liked the story of the Enterprise picking up a robot-like satellite that is intent on sterilising imperfect beings, notably humans. The robot-satellite is named Nomad and I love his catchphrases.
I like it when he goes “I am Nomad, I am perfect!” or when he goes “Sterilize! Sterilize!” Vic Perrin, who voices Nomad, does a really good job as he sounds so monotonous and so logical in his manner.
I liked the scenes where Spock gets to communicate with Nomad via a Vulcan mind-meld. It’s revealed there’s an alien intelligence in Nomad and I liked the history of how Nomad was damaged.
Hearing Spock speaking Nomad’s thoughts aloud during the mind-meld was disturbing. Spock is still in contact with Nomad when he’s not holding him. Kirk demands Nomad to stop contact with Spock.
Also the scene where Uhura gets attacked by Nomad because of her singing is very effective. Scotty gets killed by Nomad when he’s trying to save Uhura and it was shocking to see it occur when it did.
Fortunately, Scotty gets ‘repaired’ by Nomad and he’s brought back to life. Unfortunately with Uhura, she has to be re-educated in order to return her normal level of understanding and communication.
Captain Kirk has to find a way to stop Nomad from carrying out its mission to return to Earth and to sterilise the human population. It was intriguing to see the relationship of Nomad and Kirk from this.
Apparently, the original Nomad probe was invented by Dr. Jackson Roykirk, a scientist from 21st century Earth. The probe was sent out from Earth to explore the galaxy and to find other life-forms.
Unfortunately the Nomad was damaged in space and came across The Other – another alien probe. Both probes repaired each other to form as one and it became the Nomad the Enterprise encounter.
Nomad mistakenly assumes that Kirk is The Creator (The Kirk) that invented. Kirk goes along with this mistake in order to gain Nomad’s trust. But Kirk soon makes a mistake by confessing he is imperfect.
Through his damaged programming, Nomad carries out his function to destroy imperfect beings. This was not part of Nomad’s first programming, but fusion of Earth and alien probes confused him.
I like how the Nomad probe moves aboard the Enterprise through the corridors and on the bridge. It was funny to see Kirk and the others finding it odd to have a talking moving robot probe on the ship.
I thought it was pathetic that Nomad had security red-shirts keeping guard of him but he managed to destroy them easily. The red-shirts didn’t stand a chance and not learn their mistake with Nomad.
I liked how Kirk manages to outwit Nomad with logic-logic and defeats him in the end. Nomad goes crazy with making errors and Kirk with Spock and Scotty’s help manage to transport him into space.
‘The Changeling’ is one of my favourite ‘Star Trek’ episodes from the series. It’s an intriguing story about a robot-satellite called Nomad that becomes a menace and nightmare on the Enterprise ship.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 1 of the original DVD and on Disc 2 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘The Changeling’ (TOS) rating – 10/10
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