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The U.S.S. Enterprise is sent
to investigate the destruction of the Malurian system and its four billion
inhabitants. When it arrives at the coordinates, the starship itself
is threatened by a space going, self-contained computer/probe calling
itself Nomad. When Kirk identifies himself by name, Nomad mistakes him
for "The Kirk," and thinks him to be his creator.
Nomad is beamed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and promptly erases
Uhura's memory and kills Scotty, claiming that neither life form was
perfect. At Kirk's demand Nomad repairs "the unit Scott,"
bringing him back to life.
Spock attempts a Vulcan mind meld with Nomad and learns that it was
created on Earth in the twenty-first century by scientist Jackson Roykirk.
Nomad's program was to seek out new life and report back to Earth. Damaged
in space by a meteor, Nomad drifted until it found Tan Ru, an alien
probe designed to sterilize soil. Using their self-repair systems, the
two probes combined themselves into one. Nomad's programming was damaged
and by joining with Tan Ru's now believes its mission is to seek out
life and destroy anything that it does not believe perfect.
Kirk convinces Nomad that it had mistaken him, Captain James T. Kirk,
for Nomad's creator, Jackson Roykirk, thus making Nomad imperfect and
a candidate for "sterilization." A confused Nomad begins to
self-destruct, exploding just after Kirk beams the changeling into space.
Kirk checks on Uhura's progress after the attack by Nomad. McCoy informs
him that her brain is undamaged and she must simply "relearn"
what the probe erased.