The Changeling (Episode)

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The Changeling
"The Changeling" (TOS37)

"The Changeling" (TOS37)
Series Star Trek
Season 2
Episode 3
Production Number 37

Previous Wolf in the Fold (TOS36)
Next The Apple (TOS38)
Released 29 Sep 1967
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 3541.9: The Enterprise encounters a probe named Nomad.

The Enterprise investigates the destruction of the Malurian system's four billion inhabitants and locates an unexpected source: a self-contained computer/space probe of great power called Nomad. The device threatens the Enterprise, but Kirk and crew are temporarily saved when Nomad mistakes Captain James Kirk for its creator, Human scientist Jackson Roykirk. Nomad, a space probe launched in 2002 to seek out alien life in the galaxy, was damaged by a meteor that confused its programming and cut it off from Earth. It then encountered an alien probe, Tan-Ru, which was launched to secure sterilized soil samples. The resulting hybrid mechanism believes that its mission is to destroy imperfect life forms. Its altered programming and weapons make "the changeling" capable of fulfilling its new mission. Kirk uses the machine's confused image of him as a basis for its destruction: he convinces Nomad that it is imperfect, and the device is transported out into space before it self-destructs.

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Related Data

Astrometrics Antares; Earth; Jupiter; Malurian system; Mars; Mercury; Neptune; Pluto; Saturn; Sol system; Uranus; Venus
Chronology Prime Timeline; 2002; 2267; Stardate 3541.9
Culture Beyond Antares; changeling; English language; music; singing; Swahili language
Education doctor; doctorate; nurse; physician
People Brent; Carlisle; Christine Chapel; Command Crewman (TOS37); Connors; Engineer (TOS37); Engineering Crewman (TOS37); Hadley; James T. Kirk; Lemli; Roger Lemli; Manway; Leonard McCoy; Jackson Roykirk; Montgomery Scott; Security Officer (TOS37A); Security Officer (TOS37B); Security Officer (TOS37D); Singh; Spock; Hikaru Sulu; Transporter Technician (TOS37); Nyota Uhura; Yeoman (TOS37)
Politics Starfleet; Starfleet Command; Starfleet Ranks (Crewman, Ensign, Lieutenant, Starfleet Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain); United Federation of Planets
Science & Technology anatomy; antigrav; antimatter; atmosphere; audio receiver; binary; biobed; blood; brain; central nervous system; communications; communicator; computer; disease; distress signal; forcefield; impulse drive; Jefferies tube; kilogram; kilometer; mathematics; meteor; meter; microtapes; mind meld; nacelle; Nomad; PADD; phasers (Type 2, shipboard phasers); photon torpedo; radiation; sensors; shields; Symbalene blood burn; Tan Ru; telepathy; time (hour, week); transporter; tricorder; turbolift; universal translator; warp drive
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Xenology dogs; Humans; hybrids; Malurians; Vulcans
Miscellaneous auxiliary control room; bridge; briefing room; brig; logs; red alert; sickbay; Starfleet Uniforms (2266)


Created by
Gene Roddenberry

William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock
and DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy

Written by
John Meredyth Lucas

Directed by
Marc Daniels

Produced by
Gene L. Coon

Executive Producer
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producer
Robert H. Justman

James DoohanScott
Nichelle NicholsUhura
George TakeiSulu
Majel BarrettChristine Chapel

Blaisdell MakeeSingh
Barbara GatesCrewwoman
Meade MartinCrewman
Arnold LessingSecurity Guard
Vic PerrinNomad's Voice

Script Consultant
D.C. Fontana

Assistant to the Producer
Edward K. Milkis

Theme Music by
Alexander Courage

Music Composed and Conducted by
Fred Steiner

Director of Photography
Jerry Finnerman

Art Director
Walter M. Jefferies

Film EditorFabien Tordjmann
Unit ManagerGregg Peters
Assistant DirectorElliot Schick
Set DecoratorJoseph J. Stone
Costumes Created byWilliam Ware Theiss
Photographic Effects … Westheimer Company
Sound Effects EditorDouglas H. Grindstaff
Music EditorJim Henrikson
Re-Recording MixerElden E. Ruberg, C.A.S.
Production MixerCarl W. Daniels
Script SupervisorGeorge A. Rutter
CastingJospeh D'Agosta
Sound … Glen Glenn Sound Co.
Makeup ArtistFred B. Phillips, S.M.A.
Hair StylesPat Westmore
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
Head GripGeorge Rader
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Special EffectsJim Rugg

A Desilu Production
In Association With
Norway Corporation

Executive in Charge of Production
Herbert F. Solow