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Podcast Enterprise: S2E03 Changeling


Space, the final frontier. These are the podcasts of the Podcast Enterprise. Its only mission: to explore story structures, to analyze our favorite characters and plotlines, to boldly talk what everyone has seen before

We will analyze all episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series or TOS for short using the following guiding structure:

  1. Synopsis or summary of the episode
  2. Story structure
  3. Character analysis
  4. Our likes and dislikes

The synopsis: when this episode begins, you find that the USS Enterprise is en route to the Malurian star system.

They’re responding to some sort of distress call, but when they get there, they find that there’s no one to answer to their arrival or to greet them because according to Spock, there is no one there. Everybody has died out. And it’s a peculiar situation to be in because there were some 4 billion Malurians.

All of them have disappeared. And then what happens is they spot something in the far distance, the shields snap on. Some sort of an energy attack comes towards the Enterprise and reduces their shielding by 20%. Spock says that the ship can survive some Three or four more of those attacks and after that the shields would come down and they’ll be completely destroyed and these attacks keep coming.The shields keep coming down. They lose their warp power and Kirk decides to finally try and communicate with whatever is attacking them. It seems to be a small object just about a meter tall and about 500 kilos.

Kirk tries to talk to it. The thing responds in some sort of odd binary that they cannot decipher in the beginning, but putting this binary through the computers, they managed to convert it into English.And then they find this robotic voice talking to them, asking them whether they can leave the ship, interacting with them in a very odd way. And then Kirk decides to kind of stop this attack. These attacks from continuing because this object is apparently able to also absorb photon torpedoes. Kirk decides to take this object into the Enterprise.At first, they think it’s some sort of miniature spacecraft with miniature aliens inside. But once the thing comes aboard, they find that it’s a floating machine of some sort and it identifies itself as Nomad.

Kirk, when he hears his name, he puts two and two together and he remembers that there was an old earth probe called Nomad.It was supposedly lost in space, but apparently it isn’t because it’s right in front of them. And then this Nomad has some very odd ideas. It wants to disinfect, it wants to cleanse biological infestations as it calls it. It’s very unreasonable, difficult to talk to. And it also wants to know the point of origin of the Enterprise, which is Earth.And Kirk does have trouble dealing with this entity, particularly since the Nomad’s memory banks are damaged. And it somehow comes to the conclusion that Kirk is its creator.

So here we have another problem and It’s also something of an advantage because the only reason the Nomad isn’t wiping the Enterprise out is because it thinks Kirk is its creator.But then as things go bad, the Nomad becomes more and more erratic. It starts killing people. It starts disintegrating people. It goes to the engine room and decides that the engines are inefficient and then tries to, I don’t know, reset the engine so that the ship goes much faster than it was made to go.And then Kirk makes it slow down but ultimately what happens is it goes up to the bridge hearing Uhura sing through the intercom. It wipes Uhura’s memory because it, I don’t know, through its odd logic it doesn’t like Uhura singing, it wipes out her memory. And then it also kills.

Scotty, who tries to stop it from attacking Uhura. This is where we see that the Nomad also has some peculiar capabilities because once it is fed the biological records of humanity and Scotty’s physiology, it’s able to resurrect. Scotty, then you now you know that it’s a dangerous thing. It is dangerously unstable. It figures out that Kirk is not actually its creator and that it’s made a mistake.It goes back to the engine room decides to switch off the life support system so that it can turn the Enterprise into a more efficient system, then go to earth, destroy everything there, because according to its own warped programming, its duty and function is to destroy all by imperfect biological infestations, and according to it, all biological entities are imperfect.So now towards the end, what happens is Kirk uses his logic. He manages to short circuit it.

He convinces it that it has made errors of its own, and therefore it is an imperfect creation on its own and it must self destruct. Eventually what happens is Nomad activates self-destruct protocol and then Kirk and Spock manage to put it into the teleportation room.They have it transported out into deep space where itself destructs and then the Enterprise is safe again.

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