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Nomad - Mechanical probe on episode No. 37 "The Changeling" from the original STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69 series.

Captain Kirk and Nomad - STAR TREK  - episode 'Changeling'

Nomad (voice of Vic Perrin) was a five-foot long cylindrical object with radiating antennas that floated on anti-gravity beams.

Originally, an Earth probe launched on August of A.D. 2002 to seek out alien life forms, Nomad was damaged by a meteoroid and wandered out of contact with the Earth finally merging its programming with an alien space probe called Tan-Ru whose mission was to secure and sterilize soil samples.

Unfortunately, their combined programming now reflected a new mission to destroy all that was imperfect, including all organic life.

After killing some four billion inhabitants of the Malurian System, Nomad confronted the starship USS Enterprise. As Nomad probed the craft for signs of imperfection, it mistook the ship's Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) for its own creator Jackson Roykirk.

Using this to his advantage, Kirk convinced Nomad that if it could mistake him for his creator, it's programming was flawed, imperfect. Seeing the logic of the situation Nomad self-destructed.

Some Nomad Quotes

  • "I am Nomad. I am perfect."
  • "I contain no parasitical beings."
  • "Insufficient response."
  • "A mass of conflicting impulses." (Women)
  • "Non sequitur. Your facts are uncoordinated."
  • "This unit is different. It is well-ordered." (Spock)
  • "You are in error."

A similar but larger mass killing device (a planet destroyer) appeared on episode No.35 "The Doomsday Machine."  

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