Glenn Corbett = The REAL Zephram Cochrane
Hank Drake | Cleveland, OH United States | 10/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Metamorphosis" is one of Star Trek's finest episodes, hands down. A superbly written story--which touches upon non-corporeal life, love, and immortality--coupled with strong performances from the regular cast and guest star Glenn Corbett (Zephram Cochrane, the inventor of Warp Drive), adds up to an episode with real emotional impact. Watching this second season installment for the first time in many years, I was stuck by the way the writers of Star Trek First Contact had trashed the character of Zephram Cochrane in that movie. Perhaps they were trying to inject a message by re-writing Zephram Cochrane as a selfish drunk who is only interested in cashing in on warp technology. But, in the end, it only reflects on themselves and the cynical times in which we live. No disrespect is intended for James Cromwell, but for this viewer, Mr. Corbett will forever be Cochrane. It has become a popular pastime these days to poke fun at William Shatner's "dramatic pause" acting style, but the pivotal moment of this story belongs to him, during Kirk's dialogue with the Companion, and he more then lives up to the moment. (And, by the way, without those pauses, the whole scene would have fallen flat.)"Friday's Child" is a standard issue action-adventure story, dealing with a struggle with the Klingon's for a tactically important world. Reasonably well written and acted, it will provide 50 minutes of entertainment, but after watching "Metamorphosis" it serves as something of an anticlimax.Paramount has done their usual fine job restoring the visual and sonic elements. The print quality on the second season episodes seems, so far, to be marginally superior than those from the first season. This is particularly true of optical shots of the Enterprise."
TOS Metamorphosis / Friday's Child
McHenry John | McHenry, Illinois United States | 06/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Metamorphosis" is the best "love story" in the 2nd season of TOS. Fred Steiner's music is absolutely beautiful and enchanting. BEST SCENE: Companion/Hedford looking at Cochrane thru the upraised scarf. It's a tear-jerker. "Friday's Child" A fairly good episode even though some people disliked it. GOOF: Watch Tige Andrews when he descends the rocks,he falls down on his rear end!"
Kirk, Spock and McCOY encounter Zefram Cochrane !
Fernando Macedo Soares | SAO PAULO, SAO PAULO Brazil | 09/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"METAMORPHOSIS - Original Airdate Nov, 10, 1967. Ep. 31. - Directed by Ralph Senensky and Written by Gene L Coon. On the planet Gamma Canaris, Kirk, Spock and McCoy encounter the discoverer of the space warp, Zefram Cochrane, who became one of Star Trek's Universe most renowned characters, as you can see in STAR TREK FIRST CONTACT. In this classic episode Cochrane played by Glenn Corbett was discovered by Kirk to be living on an planetoid with the cloud creature known as The Companion, who loved him and recovery their youth age in order to maintain Cochrane eternal. Traveling along with Kirk was Dr. Nancy Hedford dying of Sakuros disease. Nancy merged with The Companion choosing to remain with Cochrane, where they would both live together. FRIDAY'S CHILD - Original Airdate, Dec, 1, 1967. Ep. 32.- Directed by Joseph Pevney and Written by D.C. Fontana. Enterprise and Klingon crews clash when they try to establish relations with the people of planet Capella IV at the same time.As the wife of Capella's leader, Eleen, we can watch the former Catwoman Julie Newmar, another curiosity:this is the only episode in which Dr. McCoy uses his skills to deliver a baby."