The Enterprise shuttlecraft, carrying Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy and critically ill Federation Ambassador Nancy Hedford, encounters a mysterious energy cloud which pulls them down to planet Gamma Canaris N. There they meet a castaway, a young man who purports to be Zefram Cochrane, inventor of the Warp Drive over 100 years ago. In history he had lived to be 80 years of age before disappearing somewhere in space. Apparently the same energy cloud which brought the shuttlecraft to the planet also found and rejuvenated Cochrane, making him effectively immortal. Unless Kirk can get themselves released soon, the ambassador, without vital medical treatment, will die.
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A view of the starship from dead center in front of the saucer section is used only in this episode. See more
When Cochrane communicates with the entity the first time he is shown from one angle with two types of trees on either side of him several feet away. When the entity leaves, Cochrane is shown from the opposite angle with different trees much close to him. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
There's no doubt about it, the Companion is female.
I don't understand.
You don't? A blind man could see it with a cane. You're not a pet. You're not a specimen kept in a cage. You're a lover.
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Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact