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The Companion - Sparkling cloud of living energy featured on episode No. 38 "Metamorphosis" of the science fiction series STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69.

The Companion - STAR TREK - episode 'Metamorphosis'
The Companion & Zefram Cochrane

In the year 2117, 87-years-old scientist Zefram Cochrane (Glenn Corbett) decided to travel into space with the wish to die there. Zefram had developed the first warp drive technology that enabled humans to travel throughout the galaxy.

Unexpectedly, however, his ship was intercepted by a sparkling cloud of living energy ("The Companion") and carried to a planetoid (Gamma Canaris N) where he was rejuvenated and given all the creature comforts of home.

In the year 2267 (150 years later), the same cloud hijacked a shuttle craft filled with Federation personnel (Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Federation Commissioner Nancy Hedford) to the same planetoid when the Cloud sensed Zefram's need for human companionship.

Eventually, The Companion (discovered to be female and in love with Cochrane) realized that the only way she could ever get to know Zefram on his level, was to merge its life force so she entered the dying body of Nancy Hedford (Elinor Donahue).

Recognizing his own love for the creature, now living in the shell of a human female body, Zefram decided to remain and share a new life and age gracefully together with his new mate.

Cochrane asked Captain Kirk (William Shatner) not to tell anyone that he was alive. Kirk honored his wish and the former captives returned via shuttlecraft to the USS Enterprise.

TRIVIA NOTE: The character Zefram Cochrane (played by James Cromwell) reappeared in the STAR TREK motion picture First Contact (1996).

On April 4, 2063, Zefram activated a spacecraft called the Phoenix (a reconverted nuclear missile) which sent a warp signature into space that alerted a passing Vulcan survey craft of Earth's new found ability to travel through the stars at light speed. Upon arrival on Earth, the Vulcans greeted our planet with "Live Long and Prosper."


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