Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) accompany a Federation ambassador (Elinor Donahue of Father Knows Best) aboard a shuttle bound for a rendezvous with the Enterprise. The ambassador, Commissioner Nancy Hedford, needs to be treated for possible contact with an alien disease, and she haughtily insists that her escorts get through this interruption in her work as quickly as possible. But a vaporous, translucent life form called "the Companion" has other ideas, traveling across space in search of humans who can ease the loneliness of a pilot (Glenn Corbett) marooned on a barren planet for more than a century. Kirk, however, offers the stranded man an alternative: a return to civilization. Whether he wants it is another matter--he and the Companion share an extraordinary intimacy of the mind and heart. A kind of chamber drama largely set in a single locale, "Metamorphosis" was written by series producer Gene L. Coon and directed by frequent Trek helmsman Ralph Senensky. Guest stars Corbett and Donahue are a bit monotonous in their performances, a little under par for a guest shot on the series. But Coon's story compensates with another fascinating application of one of his pet themes: empathy shared between different species. Kirk and Spock's knowing looks, as they begin to understand the Companion's true feelings for her captive man, by themselves make this episode worth watching. --Tom KeoghFrom the Back Cover:
Kirk and his party are held prisoner by an alien on a planet whose only human inhabitant had reportedly died over a century before!
This episode introduced a universal translator, although the Metrons had given translators to Kirk and the Gom captain twelve episodes earlier in "Arena".
Elinor Donahue (Commisioner Nancy Hedord) appeared in the Father Knows Best TV series. Her costar in that series, Jane Wyatt, starred as Spock's mother Amanda in the next Star Trek episode to air, "Journey to Babel".
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Book Description CBS Paramount International Television, 1986. VHS Tape. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M6300213358