Series: The Original Series
Air Date: November 10, 1967
Written by: Gene L. Coon
Directed by: Ralph Senensky
In an effort to save the life of Commissioner Nancy Hedford, Kirk and some of the crew take the Galileo shuttlecraft and are pulled down to a planet by an energy force where they find one Mr. Zephram Cochrane!
Kirk, Spock and McCoy are transporting Commissioner Hedford back to the Enterprise while Hedford whines and moans about not being properly prepared for the illness she contracted while delegating a war at Epsillon Canaris III. Frankly, I don't know how she was delegating a war. Seems to me, the only way she could stop a war is to unite the two factions against her.
In any case, Bones is there to save her life. Except before they can get to a proper facility, an energy being shows up and pulls the shuttlecraft down to an unknown planet. Which is very inconvenient to the dying Commissioner, and especially to those who have to hear her complain about it. Also inconvenient is the fact that nothing is damaged on the shuttle, but nothing works. That's when they meet Cochrane and he explains that there's some kind of dampening field that prevents technology from working on this planet. He, however, denies any knowledge of the gaseous energy being that brought them down. Which is a big fat lie.
|'Cause that's just the kinda guy he is.|
But he was getting lonely after 150 years, so The Companion thought it would be a good idea to get a few new humans for him to play with. Apparently she hadn't counted on one of the humans being fatally ill. Zephram talks to The Companion to see if she can help Hedford, but she can't. While they're communicating, Kirk notes that the way they're talking is kind of the way lovers might. Or at least good friends.
|Because it's totally normal to completely envelop people.|
Force having failed, their next tactic is to attempt to communicate with The Companion. Spock modifies a universal translator to pick up her language and the first thing they find out is that she is, indeed, female. This kind of freaks Cochrane out a bit, because he had no idea she was into him THAT way. Kirk tells The Companion that Cochrane needs to be challenged - he needs to get off the planet and socialize with others of his own kind. Keeping him here is harming him. So eventually The Companion comes up with a great idea.
|Wait, hold on... Can a companion regenerate, too??|
I think this is a rather fine ending to the Cochrane saga, even though it is the very first time we've ever seen him, technically. It's worth noting that in Star Trek: First Contact Cochrane doesn't at all look his age. This has been explained by the fact that they had just come out of a thermonuclear war and the radiation has affected his appearance. He was actually around 35 years old in the movie despite looking 50. When The Companion rejuvenated him, she gave him back all the youth and vitality that he never had on post-WWIII Earth. And now he gets to live a normal lifespan with the woman he, presumably, will love. Huzzah!