Star Trek: The Original Series

"Metamorphosis"

3 stars

Air date: 11/10/1967
Written by Gene L. Coon
Directed by Ralph Senensky

Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan

A shuttle carrying Kirk, Spock, Bones, and Federation representative Nancy Hedford (Elinor Donahue) is pulled toward a small celestial body by a mysterious entity. Upon landing on the planetoid, the shuttle passengers discover Zefram Cochrane (Glenn Corbett), the inventor of warp drive, who had been presumed dead two centuries earlier. He had somehow been revitalized and kept in an eternal state of youth by the entity, known as the Companion (voice supplied by the frequently utilized Majel Barrett).

The episode is another analysis of life, discovery, and understanding in the tradition the classic-themed "The Devil in the Dark." The Companion and Cochrane have an interesting, affectionate relationship that might best be described as mutual co-dependence. Strangely, the episode's most interesting (and in some ways puzzling) notion is Cochrane's reaction when he learns the Companion is actually female. In fact, this reaction prompts us to rethink how love is defined, and even how gender might be defined. Since this lifeform is so utterly different from a human, how does the gender issue even apply? Is Cochrane or any human's love dependent upon the need for another human form?

In "Metamorphosis," Cochrane can't come to terms with the Companion's love for him until it merges into one with the body of the dying Nancy Hedford. "Metamorphosis" doesn't know all the answers, but it certainly poses some intelligent and probing questions.

Previous episode: I, Mudd
Next episode: Journey to Babel

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32 comments on this review

Nic
Tue, Jun 8, 2010, 9:00pm (UTC -6)
Actually, Elizabeth Rogers did the voice of the Companion. For some reason, she was not credited:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0736861/

memory-alpha.org/wiki/Metamorphosis_%28episode%29
SpiceRak2
Tue, Oct 15, 2013, 3:55pm (UTC -6)
I believe that Cochrane's reaction to learning the gender of the Companion was intended to demonstrate disgust regarding love between species. When he thought the relationship was one of friendship or at the minimum, caretaker, he was able to process it. Considering that the alien had something to gain, be it emotional, if not sexual, gratification caused him to feel victimized and certainly embarrassment. He never really acknowledged the terms of his capture.
Take it easy
Mon, Oct 28, 2013, 2:41am (UTC -6)
Ms. Hedford was taken over by the companion without her permission and decided to stay behind. And nobody blinked that her life has changed. I don't think she would have been willing to this (what reason there could be to stay behind? and she was so anxious to get to the war region to prevent it).

Kirk promised he won't tell about Cochrane. How will he explain Hedford's absence? Lie?

Sad that TOS episodes bring out so many interesting ideas but falls miserably half way through.
Jack
Fri, Jan 3, 2014, 3:58pm (UTC -6)
Zefram Cochrane being "the inventor of warp drive" really has no meaning beyond Earth. We know that Vulcans had warp way before us...whoever invented it on their world did it long before Zefram did, and Spock almost certainly knows who did so. Every indication is that the Klingons had warp before us as well, and Romulans must've as well, in order to leave Vulcan when they supposedly did.
dgalvan
Thu, Apr 10, 2014, 2:25pm (UTC -6)
It bothered me that no one batted an eye about essentially sacrificing Ms. Hedford in this way. The companion said she was "still there" in a sense, but it seems like it was just the companion in Hedford's body. You could argue that Hedford was about to die anyway, but she wouldn't have been if the companion hadn't trapped them in the first place. To make it all the worse/insulting, Kirk has a one-liner where he said "I'm sure the Federation can find another diplomat to prevent that war." Like ambassadors are a dime a dozen.

Other than that the episode was thought-provoking on its own.

As part of Trek canon, it shows the fate of Zefram Cochrane, who we saw as a somewhat old dude in First Contact, and then was referenced in Enterprise as being off on some ship somewhere, lost. Apparently he got captured by the companion, reverted to youthfulness, and then eventually died with "her". Kirk/McCoy/Spock probably the last people to see him alive.
William B
Mon, Aug 4, 2014, 5:32pm (UTC -6)
This is one of those episodes of TOS that works more as a dream than as a "realistic" episode. The sacrifice of Ms. Hedford is obviously wrong in any moral, principled, ethical evaluation, if we take it "literally." And for the most part, Trek is...well, I don't know about "realistic," but it's at least closer to it than this episode. But here, I think we're meant to take from Ms. Hedford's comment that she has had a full life but sacrificed her love that her merging with the Companion is a "positive" fate for her -- as if the Companion is a disembodied spirit of eternal, endless love without flesh, and Ms. Hedford is a human with flesh and plans and a career but has been missing love all along. Because she's female and TOS doesn't have a great track record with women, this is pretty uncomfortable -- first that it's happening at all, second at the implication that career women really want nothing more than to shack up with a good-looking dude and are only pretending to care about preventing war or whatever. In a literal sense, there's no way Hedford "dying" and then the Companion animating her body without her consent is a reasonable course of action the Enterprise crew should support.

But then, in a literal sense, there's no way Kirk shouldn't make at least some mild steps to ensure that Cochrane's "love" for the Companion who literally kept him captive against his will for over a century wasn't simply an advanced case of Stockholm Syndrome. Here, too, I think it's best to meet the episode halfway: we're meant to see, I think, that the Companion genuinely has no ability to perceive that it hurt Cochrane, and also to believe that her act of entrapment was in some sense an act of love; and that, once she has bonded with Hedford and "become" human, she is able to understand the error of her ways and Cochrane is able to make an educated decision about whether to stay or not.

This episode really fascinates me because there is so much that seems more, for lack of a better term, "progressive" than our society, and other parts that seem far less; the implication that real love, romantic love, could exist seemingly without a sexual component, between intelligent life forms even if one is not only non-human, but completely non-humanoid, is kind of revolutionary -- not that it's never been thought before, but it's presented here as almost an obvious matter of course by Kirk, Spock and McCoy, with Cochrane being something more like what a modern-day human would think if an energy cloud fell in love with them. That what we think of as romantic love, which is so tied with the sex drive, and which is so..."just between humans," is maybe not tied to species at all, is kind of extreme. And yes, Trek has interspecies relationships all the time -- but still between humanoids, between people who are "essentially" human. And yet, it combines this with the notion that any sentient/intelligent species in the universe, even if it's an energy cloud made of electricity, would be divided into male and female, and (by implication) that any female energy cloud would fall for a man -- that interspecies relationships can exist, but they are still obviously and totally heterosexual.

In terms of Trek history, I think this episode shares some genealogy with TNG's "Tin Man" and DS9's "Chimera"; "Tin Man" has Tam and Tin Man matched up and away from the rest of civilization, even if it's not explicitly presented as a romance; "Chimera" takes the time to investigate how truly different Kira and Odo are from each other and what gender means within this context. I wonder why the specific choice was made to have Cochrane be the "inventor of the warp drive" rather than just any other guy; I think the clue is that Cochrane has to be famous enough, and successful enough, that he will be admired and loved when he gets off the planet, so that his decision to stay with Companion/Hedford is much more meaningful. ST:FC's (re)interpretation of Cochrane as a guy who wanted to make the warp drive purely in order to gain fame and shallow pleasures makes this all the more poignant.

Favourite moment: Companion/Hedford lifting the fabric up to look at Cochrane at the end of the episode, as if she's trying to recreate the visual of what it looked like (what it must have looked like, from afar) when the Companion's colour-field was bonding with Cochrane, and while she realizes that that intimacy is now gone -- that she must stay on the planet and can't go with him. Moments like this are why I think of episodes like this as more dream-logic than, uh, logic-logic, and think they have to be evaluated differently.

High 3 stars -- it misses out on higher because the implications are uncomfortable, and not as clearly discussed as they could be, but there is something touching and mysterious in this episode. It's fun to compare/contrast this with the episode immediately preceding, because both, after all, are about a solitary individual (Cochrane, Mudd) being held captive by a predominantly female force (either the large group of "female model" androids, or the Companion) and bringing the Enterprise crew by force so that the man doesn't die of loneliness. One, obviously, is pure comedy, the other dramatic.
Eli
Fri, Aug 21, 2015, 2:52pm (UTC -6)
I agree with others here. Episode has fascinating ideas, but is ultimately marred by incomplete, problematic conclusion.
Michael
Wed, Feb 17, 2016, 6:57pm (UTC -6)
Hello.I'm 29 and just watched this episode.
By watching this episode you can notice a a cultural difference between the 70s and present day.This is a 70s stereotype that woman to be accomplished must love a men.
RandomThoughts
Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 3:48pm (UTC -6)
@Michael

Not just the 70's, because this show was on from 66-69. Much has changed since then. :)

Regards... RT
Vince
Sat, Aug 6, 2016, 2:30pm (UTC -6)
Remember that birth control had just been legalized in 1961. The first feminism was to allow women to be real sexual objects. Before they were only house wives. It was not until the mid seventies that feminism began to discard the sexual objrct as a sign of feminine freedom. We see this everywhere in the '60's. Robert Heinlin had a man's brain in a woman's body.

So metamorphasis is consistabt with the culture of its age, but still manages to provoke very interesting questions.
Rahul
Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 3:22pm (UTC -6)
I really enjoyed this episode - very creative and thought-provoking. In fact, I'd say it's a top-10 Trek TOS episode for me -- a science fiction love story at its best.
Many themes touched upon and coming after it began to seem Trek TOS had run out of ideas with certain storylines being revisited in different guises.
I don't have an issue with the Companion taking over Hedford as she's about to die -- who knows what went down between them. Maybe Hedford was a willing participant as she's never loved before and the Companion wanted to be human in order to love Cochrane.
The episode does have a certain quality that is hard to define -- the planetoid with its purple skies and the sort of romantic soundtrack from George Duning -- I hesitate to use the word "enchanting" but maybe that's what it is. Certainly agree with William B. on "touching and mysterious" -- certainly get that feeling from the soundtrack. And I can't think of another Trek TOS episode that achieves that quality like this one (maybe "Return to Tomorrow"?)
It's up to the viewer to make out what Trek is trying to say about love and who it should be between. Cochrane's reaction is justified in that he believes it should be between a man and a woman. The character that is the Companion is the star of the episode in making the sacrifice just to experience human love even if it might have been for a short while had Cochrane decided to leave.
The part where he decides to stay is touching and well enacted.
I think this is a highly under-rated episode and I give it 4/4 stars. It's one of the rare episodes I could not remember seeing as a kid in the late 70s/early 80s. So when I saw it for the first time a few months back, I was very impressed and I watched it again a few days later. Just saw it for the third time in a few months now prior to writing this comment.
BrooklynJ
Fri, Mar 3, 2017, 10:17pm (UTC -6)
This episode was interesting but ultimately disturbing for me. The Companion's actions can be interpreted as being evil in the way that a cat can play with a baby mouse. She clearly knew that the woman was dying yet still diverted the shuttle. I find it hard to believe that she could stop aging in Cochrane while not being able to do anything for Hedford (letting her go in the shuttle for one thing).
She would have likely killed Kirk and Spock if Cochran had not intervened. Then she takes Hedford's body while claiming that it was a joint decision. She tricks Cochran into staying with her and even convincing Kirk not to report back anything. When she is looking through the dress at Cochrane it showed how childish she was - which convinced me that she wasn't evil and makes me give her some possibility that she wasn't lying about giving up immortality. But really I think she was willing to do anything to keep Cochrane with her including to lie and kill so I don't trust anything she has said. The Companion is a childish Siren but a Siren nonetheless.
As an aside, Kirk's attitude about Hedford was decidedly callous. She was trying to stop a war! His statement that surely Star Fleet can find another woman to do the job was jarring, especially while winking to Cochrane that he wouldn't tell anyone where he was. Not Kirk's finest hour but little help from Bones or McCoy either.
R.J.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017, 9:22pm (UTC -6)
hmmm. After reading a lot of comments on Jammer's Reviews about Trek, I'm shocked that many fans misinterpret or completely miss things.

@BrooklynJ You assume The Companion knew Ms. Hedford was dying when the shuttle was intercepted. I didn't think that at all since Kirk asked Cochrane to explain her illness to the entity sometime after they had crashed. When he asked if The Companion could cure her, I don't see why the entity would be lying as there would be no motivation to do so. The Companion didn't understand love between humans and therefore couldn't be jealous of Ms. Hedford. She brought Kirk and company to the planet because Cochrane was lonely and missing his own kind. She sensed his thoughts and wanted to please him (as an act of love).

The Companion's attack of Kirk and Spock was self defense since they were attempting to disrupt the entity's energy pattern. Justified.

I get a sense that the joining of Ms. Hedford was a mutual agreement and that her soul was still inside hence the line "We are one."

She did not trick Cochrane into staying and was willing to let him go with the others saying that just knowing what human love was for a few moments made her impeding isolation on the asteroid all the worthwhile. The whole "if you love something let it go" line of thinking so definitely not a siren. It's Cochrane who agreed to stay realizing that he did love her.

Childish for looking through the dress? Well the joined life form of Ms. Hedford/Companion was newly created but I think William B.'s comment was on target regarding that scene.

Kirk's attitude about a new aide? She would have died anyway because of her illness so finding a replacement was inevitable. Maybe he was happy that in the end she didn't die despite the odds.
TB
Wed, May 10, 2017, 7:32am (UTC -6)
The episode would have been better if Hedford had officially died but the companion was able to then somehow inhabit her body, at least kirk could then justify leaving her there.

The ending to this was so odd. Kirk and the crew just abandon that poor woman on the planet to be a lover to some guy she doesn't even know? What the hell is the message here? They just let the companion steal her body and force her to live on the planet forever? Then he claims he can "find another woman", the slight sexist tone aside, what about the woman he just let be imprisoned for the rest of her life?!

The companion claims to not be able to cure her earlier in the episode, which we can argue might be a lie, it just doesn't care about her, but then manages to cure her at the end.

The episode left me with a big WTF moment and rather outraged at the behaviour of the crew. What does Kirk say to starfleet about the ambassador he lost, or to the poor woman's family? "Don't worry... she's stil... walking around... on the planet... imprisoned there... forever...with a guy...who is... nearly 5 times... her age"

And how quickly does Cochrane change his tune? He gets annoyed/frustrated at the prospect of the energy being being in love with him, saying "it's wrong" because they are different species but as soon as it takes human form he's perfectly fine with it and calls her beautiful like that's all that really matters.


For all of Star Trek's idealism and moralising, the lessons here are savage and make no sense for the star trek canon.
Rae
Sun, Jun 18, 2017, 12:48pm (UTC -6)
"The idea of male and female are universal constants" ohhhhh my god.

Buddy, that's not even true on Earth. And I'm not talking asexually reproducing lizards- though that is a good counterargument- I'm talking plants. Literally. Just plants. Not every living thing is an animal, Kirk. I'm just- I'm blown away by that comment. I know TOS is a product of it's time and I'm not really criticizing the writing here, I'm just shocked that no one else seems to be as blown away by this comment as I am.
Trek fan
Wed, Oct 25, 2017, 8:12pm (UTC -6)
One of the all-time great TOS episodes, "Metamorphosis" is Michael and Denise Okuda's favorite TOS episode, and it's a great boundary-breaking romance story told by analogy as only Star Trek can do. What appears initially to be a simple Shuttlecraft Crash Episode (TM) turns out to be a fascinating look at inter-species romance, enhancing the Zefrem Cochrane character as well. I give it 3 1/2 or 4 stars.

Some great lines and discussions here, including Spock's humorously matter-of-fact surprise at Cochrane's "parochial attitude" in refusing love simply because the lover is non-corporeal and alien. The "so what" attitude of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy (and Kirk has experience) at having an alien lover seems like the embodiment of 1960s free love to me. And there's something charming about that.

The episode does represent the 1950s attitude that men only find their fulfillment in the right woman, and vice versa, but that's an attitude that continues in romcoms to this day -- so we can hardly fault the story for following romance movie tropes which are still used. If you watch a movie like "Love Actually" or just about any Disney princess story today, you find these attitudes are still very much in vogue, not a relic of the 1960s at all. And there's a certain haunting, mystical charm to the Companion-Cochrane symbiosis joining scenes. Their relationship based on total union, physical and emotional and spiritual, comes across as deeply moving by the end.

Far from being a travesty, the fusing of the Companion and Hedford is actually Trek's first look at a symbiotic life form, to be toyed with later on TNG and fully realized in the Dax character on DS9. While the selfishness of the Companion in drawing the shuttle off-course can be explained by the selfishness all lovers experience in sacrificing everything to please their beloved, it also tries to make up for it by merging with Hedford at the end. Are the Companion's motives in merging mixed? Absolutely: It wants to be with Cochrane physically as much as it wants to help Hedford. But to be honest, Hedford had no other choice at this point, and we can't fault the characters for "sacrificing" her as if it were a moral choice to kill her. Hedford's dilemma is indeed disturbing, but the notion that the Companion also sacrifices her own immortality for her lover is also super romantic, and this show is definitely one of the better "chick flick" TOS episodes -- much more so than, say, the testosterone-dripping "Doomsday Machine" or the "the woman I love must die to save humanity" story (see if you can find a worse Trek episode for a date night, I dare you) of "City on the Edge of Forever." Anyway, I love this one for its originality.
ps
Tue, Dec 26, 2017, 10:08pm (UTC -6)
Okay so, this is was what the book Federations got most of its material from? Interesting differences in portrayals btw, the First Contact version is a drunken lunatic and this one is for the most part bland but decent. The argument could be made that living in a post nuclear war situation would make everyone a little liny and living in effective stasis for 150 years dull...
ps
Tue, Dec 26, 2017, 10:09pm (UTC -6)
lUny
Trent
Tue, Feb 20, 2018, 8:18pm (UTC -6)
I found this a great, atmospheric, lush and expressionistic episode. Loved the style of Cochrane's little house, and the moody, hyper-romantic style of the episode.

Some commenters above have taken issue with the Companion inhabiting Hedford's body, but there is a line of dialogue in the episode which makes it clear that Hedford was mere moments away from dying before the Companion inhabited her.

I agree with those pointing out several sexist tropes in the episode (Hedford's the stiff careerist who only finds happiness after settling down for a life of domesticicty with a hunky man), but the episode's intra-species love affair (betwen an alien and what is essentially a suicidal old man) is touching and interestingly weird.
navamske
Wed, Dec 19, 2018, 4:54pm (UTC -6)
@dgalvan

"To make it all the worse/insulting, Kirk has a one-liner where he said 'I'm sure the Federation can find another diplomat to prevent that war.'"

Actually, he said, "I'm sure the Federation can find another woman to prevent that war." Which of course is worse.
JD
Tue, Mar 5, 2019, 1:07am (UTC -6)
Wow. The interpretation that Hedford was sacrificed does not in any way match the show I just watched.
Jimmy
Sat, Mar 9, 2019, 9:08pm (UTC -6)
I don't understand all the fuss about the end of the episode. Hedford is basically the same as an organ donor today. She finds happiness with Cockrane.
Springy
Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 5:06pm (UTC -6)
I liked meeting Zephram Cochrane. The idea that sparkly, gaseous(?) being had fallen in love with Cochrane was pretty silly. And they knew that the being was "in love" instantly when the voice turned out to be female. Because . . . ah, let's not think too hard about it.

Mandatory Sexy Lady is not impressed with any particular regular character in this episode. But on her death bed, she regrets being so devoted to her job, and therefore never loving or being loved (never, ever, at all?). Isn't this what we see with every starship captain we've ever met, though? Even the widowed-with-child and remarried Sisko ultimately puts duty before family with seemingly no regrets. Certainly Kirk does. Picard and Janeway, too. And Archer. But not Our Lady of the SIxties, who is portrayed as having missed the boat, being in anguish, because she chose to put her career first.

Ah, well. At least she wasn't wearing a tight mini dress.

It didn't bother me that the being took over Hedford's body. She was moments from death. I think it is heavily implied that she DID consent to the takeover (really, sharing, more than takeover). She's happy with the decision to live in this fashion, rather than die. She's smiling and there seems to be no part of her that regrets the decision.

So anyhow, lonely Miss Sparkly Gas and lonely Miss Career-Driven combine to become Fulfilled Mrs Cochrane.

Cochrane is good-looking but as portrayed, it was hard to understand what was so enchanting about him. He was bored after 150 yrs? What about Miss Sparkly Gas? How could she not be bored stupid with that guy? Maybe a different, more animated and charismatic actor might have sold this all a little better.

Average to slightly above.
Wes B.
Wed, Jun 5, 2019, 11:34pm (UTC -6)
Great thoughts, everyone. The joining of Cochrane and the Companion-Hedford reminded me of the joining between Decker and the Ilia probe in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979).

On another note-- For those of you who may not know, the director of this episode and others, Ralph Senensky, has written about his directorial experiences on his blog. Here's the one on "Metamorphosis," which was his favorite TOS episode to direct: http://senensky.com/metamorphosis
Rahul
Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 9:33am (UTC -6)
@Wes B.

Thanks so much for sharing Senensky's blog site. I thoroughly enjoyed reading how he (and Jerry Finnerman) came up with the look for the planetoid Cochrane was on. So many good little details in there. Definitely will check out what he had to say about some of the other TOS episodes he directed.
Sarjenka's Brother
Sun, Jun 16, 2019, 2:08pm (UTC -6)
Wes B. -- I had the exact same thought on the Deck/Ilia probe.

I've also wondered how folks would have felt if that had been Uhura or Chapel in the shuttle dying and left behind to make sure handsome Mr. Cochrane had someone to knock boots with.
Chrome
Tue, Aug 6, 2019, 10:43am (UTC -6)
I don't think any commenters yet have gotten to the heart of the episode. We have Cochrane who gave up his whole life to the pursuit of space travel and in the end nearly died lonely. This juxtaposes well with Bedford who also gave her life to establish peace in the galaxy Cochrane "discovered". Cochrane can never rest until he finds peace - represented by Bedford. These two need each other for peaceful existence, just as the companion and Cochrane needed each other.
Peter G.
Tue, Aug 6, 2019, 11:00am (UTC -6)
@ Chrome,

Aha! So you are saying that the message is that space travel (i.e. technology) is incomplete without the proper values to go with it (i.e. peaceful co-existence)? If so it really is a Trek message, along similar lines to other episodes where the message is that it's not about capability, but rather how that capability is used.

That said, I wonder what we could make of the companion pre-merge in terms of the message there. I suppose my take on it would be that the companion to space travel is living side-by-side with unknown life forms and inexplicable mysteries. The 'love' the companion has for Cochrane could maybe be seen as the fact that when you go out there exploring into the unknown you end of inextricably connected to whatever's out there, almost as if it was waiting for you to go out and bond with it (for better or worse). The trouble is that you may perceive it as disgusting or dangerous if you don't trust or understand it.
Chrome
Tue, Aug 6, 2019, 11:48am (UTC -6)
@Peter G.

I like that idea as it plays well to Cochrane's curiosity and disgust as he adapts to the wonders of space. Much of Trek discusses how space will change the way we live and think. If things become too extreme and different for humanity though, we may find that like Cochrane, it will be a change that is impossible to accept. Indeed, Bedford becomes incidentally ill from spending too much time in the struggles of space. There needs to be a sort of well-guided compromise of human and alien values for this exploration to work. This speaks much to the idea of using the "carrot" as Bones suggested to get the companion to both learn from us as we learn from her.
Trish
Wed, Sep 18, 2019, 8:17pm (UTC -6)
So Nancy Hedford had no friends, relatives, or colleagues who would have liked the opportunity to visit her, or at least communicate with her? It was all right to tell them that she was dead, even though she is actually alive as half of a joined being, not because she asked to drop out of sight, but because Cochrane did?
Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Oct 6, 2019, 12:38pm (UTC -6)
Cochrane: "What? That alien thing loves me? Gross. Screw that"

Companion: "Hey its ok, I possessed the body of a woman whose deterioration I was primarily responsible for, who found you repulsive and immoral but was hot, a bit lonely and on the verge of death, so now we can bone forever"

Cochrane: "Cool Imma plant a fig tree"

Senior crew: "Oh lol"
Harry's Swollen Throat
Fri, Oct 25, 2019, 11:02pm (UTC -6)
@BobbingtonMcBob

Oml legit what I said.

But seriously though. This episode would have been half believable if Cochran didn't throw a massive spat finding out what they were doing for 150 years was mindf**king each other literally. Then he yells at kirk and co for pointing it out. He was in denial and pissed off. "Let that thing crawl inside me". That "thing " a few hours later ends up living the rest of her life together with him.....OKAY.

Not only that but so much of this episode is illogical.

1.
IF the companion wasn't evil then why keep them there until she gets what she wants at the cost of an ambassador trying to prevent a war. Suddenly she has the ability to save her for her own use. Bones could have saved her. That was made so damn clear. They begged and pleaded. But inevitably she died because of the companion not because of her "disease" that was curable. Plus Cochran on the verge of dying can be cured but not this woman. Really? Are we really going to believe that?


2.
Are we going to ignore that the companion brought down the shuttle, shocked spock, almost killed spock and kirk and refused to let them leave. Something sinister about this being even if it is in the name of love.


3.
Not really illogical but damn SPOCK is one heckin' smartass. Just whips up a translator for a superior being that they could not make contact with. Kirk tells him to do it so he DOES IT. Just like he whipped up a computer to see the future during the 1930s Depression. 😂 Can we please give Spock a round of applause.


4. Kirk's last comment about finding another (specifically) "woman" to stop the war was shocking!
I turned to my partner as he turned to me. Baffled. Like hmmmm why a woman specifically? Was the woman going to be married off or something? Is she really that expendable and disposable? Do they have another one of her laying around? She seemed pretty damn important in the beginning..... the part where she starts rambling on about regretting to not love was just weird and out of character. Even though she knew she was dying all she was worried about was the war and how frustrated/uncomfortable she was. Could see her and Bones being a better love story than the companion and Cochran....No sense. She gave Cochran no interest when he first flirted with her, but was willing to give her body up so he can plant his fig tree in her? Okaaaayyyy???

That's my rant over. Have to give it 2 stars as it had potential if they kept up the continuity even a little bit.

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