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Star Trek: The Next Generation
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** FIRST SEASON **

It was perhaps the most anticipated series premiere of all time. Star Trek: The Next Generation began its syndicated run during the week of Sept. 28, 1987, with the two-hour pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint", and was watched in over 12 million North American households. Set in the 24th century, some 85 years after the classic series, the further voyages of the Starship Enterprise took up the continuing mission "to boldly go where no one has gone before." Outfitted with a host of new technologies -including a holodeck, the new one-of-a-kind U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC 1701-D) and its crew of more than 1,000 were off to a promising start. Despite early criticism of plot lines that too closely resembled those of the original series, Star Trek: The Next Generation quickly developed its own devoted following and steadily climbed in both ratings and in the number of stations airing the program in prime time, a first for a syndicated series. By year-end, the series had become the No. 1 first-run hour- long series in syndication, reaching 9.4 million people in the United States and giv-ing Paramount the confidence to boost the budget of Star Trek: The Next Generation to $1.5 million per episode. The space show's rise in popularity proved that Trekkers were once again hooked on the continuing adventures of a crew intent on exploring the unknown universe.

ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT

Week of Sept. 28, 1987, No. 721
Directed by: Corey Allen
Written by: D.C. Fontana and Gene Roddenberry
Stardate: 41153.7

In the series pilot, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), a new captain for a new Starship Enterprise, assembles the crew for its first mission: Discover the secret of Farpoint Station. En route, they encounter the omnipotent being Q, who accuses humanity of barbarism and challenges Picard to prove otherwise.

Cast:
Groppler Zorn: Michael Bell.
Lieut. Torres: Jimmy Ortega.

Episode Note:
Providing a sentimental link to the classic series, DeForest Kelley appears as the irascible Admiral Leonard McCoy, now 137 years old (and still possessing an intense dislike for the transporter). The pilot episode establishes how some of the crew meet and hints at their backgrounds. And in what was to become a recurring role, John de Lancie steals the show as the mischievous alien Q. Watch for Colm Meaney (who later becomes Miles O'Brien) as the conn ensign with no name. The pilot first ran as a two-hour program but is repeated in two one-hour segments (numbers 101 and 102).

Best Dialogue:
McCoy: "I don't see no points on your ears, boy, but you sound like a Vulcan." Data: "No sir, I am an android. " McCoy: "Almost as bad."

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THE NAKED NOW

Week of Oct. 5, 1987, No. 103
Directed by: Paul Lynch
Written by: J. Michael Bingham
Story by: John D. F. Black and J. Micheal Bingham
Stardate: 41209.2

While investigating the deaths aboard the Starship Tsiolkovsky, the Enterprise crew becomes infected with a deadly virus that induces intoxicated behavior and which the original Enterprise crew had contracted decades earlier.

Cast:
Chief Engineer Sarah MacDougal: Brooke Bundy.
Assistant Engineer Jim Shimoda: Benjamin W.S. Lum.
Transporter Chief: Michael Rider.

Episode Note:
A tribute of sorts, the first regular ST: TNG show, after the pilot episodes, borrows its plot from the classic series' "The Naked Time", and resolves its medical crisis by pulling up the log of the Federation's first Enterprise.

Best Scene:
The unexpected romantic encounter between hot-blooded security chief Tasha Yar and the understandably perplexed android, Lt. Cmdr. Data, who assures Tasha Yar that he is "fully functional. In every way, of course. I am programmed in multiple techniques, a broad variety of pleasing."

Show Watch:
Crew members of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine would similarly become romantic toward one another due to an intoxicating infection in the third-season episode "Fascination".

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CODE OF HONOR

Week of Oct. 12, 1987, No. 104
Directed by: Russ Mayberry
Written by: Katharyn Powers and Michael Baron
Stardate: 41235.25

Episode Note:
On a desperate mission to get their hands on a lifesaving vaccine from the planet Ligon II, Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) is kidnapped by the planet's leader. To win her release and the vaccine, Picard must follow a strict Ligonian code of honor that requires Tasha to fight her kidnapper's wife, until one of them is dead.

Cast:
Lutan: Jessie Lawrence Ferguson.
Yareena: Karole Selmon.
Hagon: James Louis Watkins.
Transporter Chief: Michael Rider.

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THE LAST OUTPOST

Week of Oct. 19, 1987, No. 107
Directed by: Richard Colla
Written by: Herbert Wright
Story by: Richard Krzemien
Stardate: 41386.4

Episode Note:
In a confrontation over an unknown planet, the Enterprise and a Ferengi starship are paralyzed indefinitely by a powerful creature who insists there is only one escape: They must answer one of his riddles.

Cast:
Letek: Armin Shimerman.
Mordoc: Jake Dengel.
Kayron: Tracey Walter.
Portal: Darryl Henriques.
DaiMon Taar: Mike Gomez.

Additional Note:
First appearance of the Ferengi, super capitalists and sexists.

Show Watch:
Armin Shimerman (Deep Space Nine's greedy Quark) in his first of three Ferengi roles.

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WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE

Week of 26 Oct. 1987, No. 106
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Diane Duane and Michael Reaves
Stardate: 41263.1

An arrogant Starfleet propulsion expert and his mysterious assistant inadvertently send the Enterprise a billion light-years from their galaxy into a region of space where thought becomes reality.

Cast:
Kosinski: Stanley Kamel.
Traveler: Eric Menyuk.
Yvette Gessard Picard: Herta Ware.
Lt. Cmdr. Argyle: Biff Yeager.
Crew Member: Charles Dayton.
Ballerina: Victoria Dillard.

Additional Note:
First glimpse of the late Jack Crusher, who appears as a hallucination to both his widow, Beverly, and to Picard. It's during this episode that the captain bestows the rank of acting ensign on Wesley Crusher.

Show Watch:
Eric Menyuk, who narrowly missed out on being cast as Data, makes his first appearance as the Traveler, and hints at Wesley's destiny, which won't be resolved until the seventh season's "Journey's End".

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LONELY AMONG US

Week of Nov. 2, 1987, No. 108
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: D.C. Fontana
Story by: Michael Halperin
Stardate: 41249.3

While transporting two adversarial ambassadors to a Federation conference, the Enterprise passes through an energy field that takes control of Picard's mind.

Cast:
Ssestar: John Durbin.
First Security Guard: Colm Meaney.
Lt. Cmdr. Singh: Kavi Raz.

Additional Note:
First signs of Data's fascination with Sherlock Holmes. The android adopts sleuthing methods of the fictional detective to solve a number of puzzling ship malfunctions.

Show Watch:
Marc Alaimo, who has the role of the chief delegate of the Anticans, would appear later in the first season as Romulan Cmdr. Tebok in "The Neutral Zone", as Cardassian Gul Macet in the fourth season's "The Wounded", as the gambler in the fifth season's "Time's Arrow I" and in the recurring role of Cardassian Gul Dukat on DS9.

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JUSTICE

Week of Nov. 9, 1987, No. 109
Directed by: James L. Conway
Written by: Worley Thorne
Story by: Ralph Wills and Worley Thorne
Stardate: 41255.6

While vacationing on the blissful planet Rubicun III, Wesley (Wil Weaton) accidently breaks a planetary law and is sentenced to death. Picard is then faced with a painful decision: Save Wesley from death or uphold the Prime Directive.

Cast:
Rivan: Brenda Bakke.
Liator: Jay Louden.

Additional Note:
First-rate confrontation between Picard and Dr. Crusher, who urges the captain to violate the Prime Directive to save her son.

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THE BATTLE

Week of Nov. 16, 1987, No. 110
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Herbert Wright
Story by: Larry Forrester
Stardate: 41723.9

The Ferengi present Picard with his old starship, the Stargazer. Yet havoc ensues: A mind-altering device is planted on board that causes Picard to think he is reliving an old battle, with the Enterprise as the enemy.

Cast:
Kazago: Doug Warhit.
Rata: Robert Towers.

Additional Note:
First mention of the Battle of Maxia in which Picard, then in command of the U.S.S. Stargazer, used the famous Picard Manoeuvre to defeat the Ferengi. Bok, driven with vengeance for the death of his son in that battle, would return in the seventh season's "Bloodlines".

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HIDE AND Q

Week of Nov. 23, 1987, No. 111
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: C.J. Holland and Gene Roddenberry
Story by: C.J. Holland
Stardate: 41590.5

Q (John de Lancie) toys with the Enterprise crew, forcing them to play a Napoleonic war game against boar-faced soldiers.

Additional Note:
Q, in his second appearance, tempts Riker with the omnipotent powers of the Q, and Riker then tempts his crew mates with "gifts" his new powers can provide.

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HAVEN

Week of Nov. 30, 1987, No. 105
Directed by: Richard Compton
Written by: Tracy Tormé
Story by: Tracy Tormé and Lan O'Kun
Stardate: 41294.5

Counselor Deanna Troi's mother, the always affectionate and often annoying Lwaxana, makes a surprise visit to the Starship Enterprise and announces the prearranged marriage of Deanna and the son of her late husband's best friend.

Cast:
Lwaxana: Majel Barrett.
Wyatt Miller (groom): Rob Knepper.
Victoria Miller: Nan Martin.
Steven Miller: Robert Ellenstein.
Mr. Homn: Carel Struycken.
Valeda Innis: Anna Katarina.
Wrenn: Raye Birk.
Ariana: Danitza Kingsley.

Additional Note:
Majel Barrett, Nurse Chapel of the classic series and Gene Roddenberry's wife, makes her first scene-stealer as Deanna's mother, the flirtatious Lwaxana, the one individual able to make the even-tempered Deanna lose her cool. The screenplay was written by Tracy Tormé, son of singer Mel Tormé.

Star Watch:
The late Carel Struycken's first appearance as Mr. Homn. He was Lurch in "The Addams Family" movie.

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THE BIG GOODBYE

Week of Jan. 11, 1988, No. 113
Directed by: Joseph L. Scanlan
Written by: Tracy Tormé
Stardate: 41997.7

Picard recreates a 1941 San Francisco scenario in the holodeck from one of his favorite Dixon Hill detective novels, and enlists Data and Dr. Crusher in the fun. But the program malfunctions and they find themselves up against holodeck criminals.

Cast:
Cyrus Redblock: Lawrence Tierney.
Felix Leech: Harvey Jason.
Lieut. Dan Bell: William Boyett.
Whalen: David Selburg.
Lieut. McNary: Gary Armagnal.

Additional Note:
This episode won Star Trek a Peabody Award. It was also Picard's first stint as his favorite holodeck character, Dixon Hill, a 1940s hard-boiled private eye from Amazing Detective Stories magazine. The holodeck setting here is reminiscent of the classic "A Piece of the Action".

Best Line:
Recalling many of Kirk's improvised excuses for Spock's ears, Capt. Picard explains the nature of Data's skin tone with an ingenious repartee, "He's from South America."

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DATALORE

Week of Jan. 18, 1988, No. 114
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Robert Lewin and Gene Roddenberry
Story by: Robert Lewin and Maurice Hurley
Stardate: 41242.4

While visiting Data's home planet, the Away Team discovers a laboratory containing android parts that, when assembled, form an exact replica of their own Lt. Cmdr. Data (Brent Spiner).

Cast:
Lt. Cmdr. Argyle: Biff Yeager.

Additional Note:
Brent Spiner shines in a dual role (the first of several) that brings him face to face with his evil twin brother, named Lore, who is the product of Dr. Noonian Soong's earlier attempt to create the ultimate android.

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ANGEL ONE

Week of Jan. 25, 1988, No. 115
Directed by: Michael Rhodes
Written by: Patrick Barry
Stardate: 41636.9

The Enterprise crew journeys to a planet dominated by females, and while on Angel One, they discover a group of men, whose Federation freighter crashed years earlier, living as fugitives.

Cast:
Beata: Karen Montgomery.
Ramsey: Sam Hennings.
Ariel: Patricia McPherson.
Trent: Leonard John Crowfoot. 

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11001001

Week of Feb. 1, 1988, No. 116
Directed by: Paul Lynch
Written by: Maurice Hurley and Robert Lewin
Stardate: 41365.9

The Enterprise's computer is scheduled for a rehaul by Bynar technicians while docked in Starbase 74. Instead of improving the system, the Bynars steal the starship to save their own planet.

Cast:
Minuet: Carolyn McCormick.
Cmdr. Orfil Quinteros: Gene Dynarski.
Piano Player: Jack Sheldon.

Additional Note:
The holodeck, one of ST: TNG's most popular devices, makes its third appearance; Jonathan Frakes shows his stuff on the trombone; Data takes up painting to experience human forms of expression; and Riker, via an infected holodeck, is tempted by his fantasy woman.

Best Line:
An infatuated Riker to the alluring Minuet, "What's a knockout like you doing in a computer-generated gin joint like this?"

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TOO SHORT A SEASON

Week of Feb. 8, 1988, No. 112
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Michael Michaelian and D.C. Fontana
Story by: Michael Michaellan
Stardate: 41309.5

A legendary admiral, on a mission to negotiate the release of Federation hostages, is dying. But then he shocks the Enterprise crew as he appears to reverse the aging process before their very eyes.

Cast:
Admiral Mark Jameson: Clayton Rohner.
Karnas: Michael Pataki.
Anne Jameson: Marsha Hunt.

Show Watch:
Michael Pataki appeared as the Klingon Korax in the classic episode "The Trouble with Tribbles".

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WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS

Week of Feb. 15, 1988, No. 118
Directed by: Kim Manners
Written by: Hannah Louise Shearer
Stardate: 41509.1

Wesley and other children are kidnapped from the Enterprise and taken to the planet Aldea where the inhabitants of the sterile civilization cannot have children of their own.

Cast:
Radue: Jerry Hardin.
Rashella: Brenda Strong.
Katie: Jandi Swanson.
Melian: Paul Lambert.

Show Watch:
Wil Wheaton's younger brother, Jeremy, and sister, Amy, turn up in the roles of Mason and Tara. Make-up designer Michael Westmore's daughter, MacKenzie, appears as Roe.

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HOME SOIL

Week of Feb. 22, 1988, No. 117
Directed by: Corey Allen
Written by: Robert Sabaroff
Story by: Karl Guers, Ralph Sanchez and Robert Sabaroff
Stardate: 41463.9

While investigating the death of a terraformer engineer on Velara III, the Away Team is suddenly faced with the murderous wrath of microscopic inorganic life forms.

Cast:
Kurt Mandl: Walter Gotell.
Louisa Kim: Elizabeth Lindsey.
Bjorn Benson: Gerard Prendergast.
Arthur Malencon: Mario Roccuzzo.

Additional Note:
This plot line was inspired by a classic episode titled "Devil in the Dark".

Best Line:
"Ugly bags of mostly water.", the Velarans' view of humans.

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COMING OF AGE

Week of March 14, 1988, No. 119
Directed by: Mike Vejar
Written by: Sandy Fries
Stardate: 41416.2

Picard suddenly finds himself and his career under intense investigation, and Wesley takes the Starfleet Academy entrance exam.

Cast:
Admiral Gregory Quinn: Ward Costello.
Lt. Cmdr. Dexter Remmick: Robert Schenkkan.
Mordock: John Putch.
Tac Officer Chang: Robert Ito.
Jake Kurland: Stephen Gregory.
T'Shanik: Tasia Valenza.
Oliana Mirren: Estee Chandler.
Rondon: Robert Riordan.

Additional Note:
Picard is offered a promotion to the rank of admiral and the position of commandant at Starfleet Academy but chooses to stay aboard his beloved Enterprise. The conspiracy plot line would return later in the season in "Conspiracy". Also in this episode, the first Star Trek: The Next Generation Vulcan in a speaking role.

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HEART OF GLORY

Week of March 21, 1988, No. 120
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Maurice Hurley
Story by: Maurice Hurley, Herbert Wright and D.C. Fontana
Stardate: 41503.7

Two renegade, war-hungry Klingons are rescued and beamed aboard the Starship Enterprise, which they then try to take over.

Cast:
Cmdr. Korris: Vauizhn Armstrona.
Lieut. Konmel: Charles H. Hyman.
K'nera: David Froman.
Kunivas: Robert Bauer.
Ramos: Dennis Madalone.

Additional Note:
Worf's background is introduced (though more fully explored in later episodes), and fans are updated on the state of the Klingon-Federation relationship. This episode marks the end of the "old" Klingon dialogue, which borders on guttural noises. All Klingon characters hereafter speak the "proper" language developed by linguist Marc Ohrand, author of "The Klingon Dictionary."

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THE ARSENAL OF FREEDOM

Week of April 11, 1988, No. 121
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Richard Manning and Hans Belmler
Story by: Maurice Hurley and Robert Lewin
Stardate: 41798.2

Destructive energy spheres, sinkholes that swallow, and invisible enemies plague the Enterprise as the crew scours the planet Minos for the missing U.S.S. Drake.

Cast:
The Peddler: Vincent Schlavelli.
Capt. Paul Rice: Marco Rodriguez.
Chief Engineer Logan: Vyto Ruginis.
Ensign Lian T'Su: Julia Nickson.
Lieut. (Junior Grade) Orfil Solis: George de la Pena.

Additional Note:
Fast-paced episode in which Picard tends to the wounded Dr. Crusher. Much of Beverly's earlier life is revealed during this show.

Best Line:
Riker telling a holographic image of Capt. Rice (a friend and former Starfleet classmate) that he's from "a good ship", the U.S.S. Lollipop.

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SYMBIOSIS

Week of April 18, 1988, No. 123
Directed by: Win Phelps
Written by: Robert Lewin, Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
Story by: Robert Lewin
Stardate: Unknown

The Enterprise encounters two civilizations in the Delos system with an unhealthy codependency dating back 200 years. Without disobeying the Prime Directive, Picard attempts to break the longstanding codependency and prevent all-out war.

Cast:
Sobi: Judson Scott.
T'Jon: Merritt Butrick.
Romas: Richard Line-back.
Langor: Kimberly Farr.

Additional Note:
The issue of drug addiction is treated subtly as the planets Brekka and Ornara battle over felecium, a drug produced only on Brekka and presumably a cure to the 200-year-old Ornaran plague.

Show Watch:
Two guest appearances from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan": the late Merritt Butrick, as Kirk's son, David Marcus; and Judson Scott, as one of Khan's followers.

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SKIN OF EVIL

Week of April 25, 1988, No. 122
Directed by: Joseph L. Scanlan
Written by: Joseph Stefano and Hannah Louise Shearer
Story by: Joseph Stefano
Stardate: 41601.3

Counselor Trol's shuttlecraft crash lands on Vagra II, a planet whose only life form is a sinister creature that enjoys the suffering of humans. Troi's rescue costs the Enterprise the life of one of its crew.

Cast:
Armus: Mart McChesney.
Asst. Chief Engineer Leland T. Lynch: Walker Boone.
Nurse: Brad Zerbst.
Lieut. Ben Prieto: Raymond Forchion.

Additional Note:
A real Star Trek first: the death of a major character. The tragic loss of security chief Tasha Yar is written into the script as Denise Crosby leaves the show. It's a moving episode for all.

Show Watch:
Crosby would return in a series of later episodes as Yar in the third season's "Yesterday's Enterprise", as Tasha's daughter, Romulan Cmdr. Sela, in the two-part episodes "Redemption " and "Unification", and again as Yar in the final episode "All Good Things..."

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WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS

Week of May 2, 1988, No. 124
Directed by: Robert Becker
Written by: Deborah Dean Davis and Hannah Louise Shearer
Stardate: 41697.9

A scientist endangers his own life when his experiments cause a rip in the fabric of time and open up a new dimension. Meanwhile, Picard tries to deal with his feelings for the man's wife, who happens to be the first woman he fell in love with.

Cast:
Dr. Paul Manheim: Rod Loomis.
Gabrielle: Isabel Lorca.
Lieut. Dean: Dan Kern.
Edouard: Jean-Paul Vignon.
Transporter Chief Herbert: Lance Spellerberg.

Additional Note:
The first appearance of a major guest star, Michelle Phillips, who rose to fame in the singing group The Mamas and The Papas. She never quite cliched as Picard's long-lost love, but the episode does serve to humanize Picard and hint at Dr. Crusher's true feelings for the duty-bound captain.

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CONSPIRACY

Week of May 9, 1988, No. 125
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Tracy Tormé
Story by: Robert Sabaroff
Stardate: 41775.5

Picard suspects there is something rotten eating away at the Federation when he notices strange behavior in Starfleet's top brass.

Cast:
Admiral Savar: Henry Darrow.
Admiral Quinn: Ward Costello.
Lt. Cmdr. Dexter Remmick: Robert Schenkkan.
Admiral Aaron: Ray Reinhardt.
Capt. Walker Keel: Jonathan Farwell.
Capt. Rixx: Michael Berryman.
Capt. Tryla Scott: Ursaline Bryant.

Additional Note:
One of the goriest ST: TNG episodes ever filmed, with unforgettable scenes of death and worm-eating.

Show Watch:
Henry Darrow appears as the first Vulcan on ST: TNG to deliver the legendary Vulcan nerve pinch.

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THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Week of May 16, 1988, No. 126
Directed by: James L. Conway
Written by: Maurice Hurley
Story by: Deborah McIntyre and Mona Glee
Stardate: 41986.0

Three cryogenically-preserved bodies are found on a 20th-century Earth satellite Just as the Enterprise is ordered to the Neutral Zone to confront Romulans.

Cast:
Cmdr. Tebok: Marc Alaimo.
Sub-Cmdr. Thei: Anthony James.
"Sonny" Clemonds: Leon Rippy.
Clare Raymond: Gracle Harrison.
Ralph Offenhouse: Peter Mark Richman.

Additional Note:
The notion of 20th-century cryogenics first surfaced in the classic episode "Space Seed" and would return in Star Trek: Voyager's "The 37's " and "The Thaw".

Federation Factoids:
The Federation's first contact with the Romulans in 53 years. We learn that the current Earth year is 2364. And so much for the 500 channel universe, television ceases as a form of entertainment by the year 2040.

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** SECOND SEASON **

Numerous changes were on the boards for cast and characters alike at the beginning of the second season. Most notable was the absence of Dr. Beverly Crusher. She had accepted a posting at Starfleet Medical and was replaced by Dr. Kate Pulaski (Diana Muldaur, a guest-star from the classic series), whose sometimes crusty and stubborn personality was reminiscent of another famous doctor in the classic series. Among the crew, La Forge becomes chief engineer and Worf's promotion to security chief (replacing the late Tasha Yar) is made permanent. Meanwhile, Riker has grown a beard and Deanna adopts a more flattering hairstyle and uniform. And tending bar in the ship's Ten-Forward lounge is Picard's old friend Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg), who, like most bartenders, serves up good advice with two fingers of synthehol. While ambitious plot lines would give way this year to character development and a chance for the cast to have some fun, the 1988 strike by the Writers Guild delayed the start of the season and shortened its run from 26 to 22 episodes. The quality, however, did not suffer, with viewers being treated to a much more insightful view of the Federation in the 24th Century.

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THE CHILD

Week of Nov. 21, 1988, No. 127
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Jaron Summers, Jon Povill and Maurice Hurley
Stardate: 42073.1

The U.S.S. Enterprise-D tries to free the Rachelis system from a deadly plague, and Counselor Troi shocks everyone with the news that she's pregnant.

Cast:
Lt. Cmdr. Hester Dealt: Seymour Cassel.
Ian Andrew Troi: R.J. Williams.
Transporter Chief: Colm Meaney.
Miss Gladstone: Dawn Arnemann.
Young Ian: Zachary Benjamin.

Additional Note:
We learn of Troi's attachment to her human father, Ian Andrew, whom we meet in the seventh season's "Dark Page" and in whose memory Troi names her child. Deanna's character is further revealed when she stubbornly refuses to give up her alien baby. Wesley also undergoes some character definition as he ponders, but decides against, joining his mother at Starfleet. The Writers Guild strike threatens to indefinitely delay the start of ST: TNG's second season; consequently this script was the first of two episodes salvaged from the aborted second series, Star Trek II.

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WHERE SILENCE HAS LEASE

Week of Nov. 28, 1988, No. 128
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Jack B. Sowards
Stardate: 42193.6

Picard is forced to make the most difficult decision of his career when the Enterprise enters a mysterious "hole" with no dimensions recognizable to humans.

Cast:
Nagilum: Earl Boen.
Ensign Haskell: Charles Douglass.
Transporter Chief: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
First glimpse of Worf's holodeck enhanced Klingon exercise program. Listen for the fight-scene background music straight out of the classic series.

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ELEMENTARY, DEAR DATA

Week of Dec. 5, 1988, No. 129
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Brian Alan Lane
Stardate: 42286.3

During some unexpected time off, Data and Geordi book onto the holodeck and travel back to Victorian England to pay homage to Data's hero, Sherlock Holmes.

Cast:
Prof Moriarty: Daniel Davis.
Lestrade: Alan Shearman.
Asst. Engineer Clancy: Anne Elizabeth Ramsey.

Additional Note:
A wonderfully written episode linking Data's fascination with Sherlock Holmes to his ongoing quest to become human. The episode presents the android with the opportunity to display some truly human characteristics, such as loyalty to his friends. We also witness the first instance of Data's obsession with his Holmesian pipe. This episode initiates the debate over the nature of a sentient being, centering in this scenario on the holodeck-generated Prof. Moriarty and, in a later episode, "The Measure of a Man", on Data himself.

Show Watch:
Daniel Davis (The Nanny) appears as Prof. Moriarty, and Anne Ramsey (Mad About You) appears in a minor role. Davis would return as Moriarty in the sixth season's "Ship in a Bottle".

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THE OUTRAGEOUS OKONA

Week of Dec. 12, 1988, No. 130
Directed by: Robert Becker
Written by: Burton Armus
Story by: Les Menchen, Lance Dickson and David Landsberg
Stardate: 42402.7

The Enterprise takes a disabled ship under its wing but doesn't realize the ship's only resident, Capt. Okona, will put them in the middle of a love triangle. Data attempts to conquer another human trait: humor.

Cast:
Capt. Thadiun Okona: William O. Campbell.
Debin: Douglas Rowe.
Kushell: Albert Stratton.
Yanar: Rosalind Ingledew.
Benzan: Kieran Mulroney.
Lieut. B.G. Robinson: Teri Hatcher.
The Comic: Joe Piscopo.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.

Additional Note:
This lighthearted episode brings to mind some of the best moments of the classic series. Here, the plot takes a back seat to comedy and the interplay between characters, as Data struggles to develop a sense of humor and learn how to tell a joke, aided and abetted by former Saturday Night Live comedian Joe Piscopo, who does a toothy impression of Jerry Lewis.

Star Watch:
In Prefame roles, look for Teri Hatcher (Lois & Clark) and William O. Campbell ("The Rocketeer" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula")

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THE SCHIZOID MAN

Week of Jan. 23, 1989, No. 131
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Tracy Tormé
Story by: Hans Belmler and Richard Manning
Staredate: 42437.5

A brilliant scientist dies but his spirit lives on, by taking over Data's mind and body. Instead of being an academic boon, the ghostly presence turns Data violently jealous.

Cast:
Lieut. Selar: Suzie Plakson.
Kareen Brianon: Barbara Alyn Woods.
Dr. Ira Graves: W. Morgan Sheppard

Additional Note:
Data meets Dr. Ira Graves, the man who was mentor to the android's creator, Dr.Noonian Soong. By implanting himself in Data's mind, Dr. Graves teaches the android more about the human condition. Watch for Data as he tries out a Riker-inspired beard.

Star Watch:
Suzie Plakson (Love & War) makes her first appearance as Vulcan Lieut. Selar. She would appear later in the season as Worf's Klingon mate, K'Ehleyr, then reprise that role in the fourth season's "Reunion".

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LOUD AS A WHISPER

Week of Jan. 9, 1989, No. 132
Directed by: Larry Shaw
Written by: Jacqueline Zambrano
Stardate: 42477.2

The Away Team escorts a well-known deaf mediator to end an ancient conflict on Solaris Five, but tragedy strikes when a disgruntled soldier shoots without warning.

Cast:
Warrior/Adonis: Leo Damian.
Woman: Marnie Mosiman.
The Scholar: Thomas Oglesby.
Transporter Chief: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
Interesting insight into 24th-century approaches to physical disabilities. Geordi ponders, but ultimately turns down, Dr. Pulaski's offer to restore his sight. Mediator Riva (Howie Seago, who not only is deaf but also originated the story line) uses deafness to his advantage in mediating an end to the conflict.

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UNNATURAL SELECTION

Week of Jan. 30, 1989, No. 133
Directed by: Paul Lynch
Written by: John Mason and Mike Gray
Stardate: 42494.8

The Enterprise responds to a distress call from a Federation supply ship only to find the entire crew has died of old age.

Additional Note:
Dr. Sara Kingsley: Patricia Smith.
Transporter Chief: Colm Meaney.
Capt. Taggert: J. Patrick McNamara.

Additional Note:
Another tribute to the classic series, this episode borrows the essence of its plot from "The Deadly Years", while providing a more intriguing technological solution to the aging epidemic. This is the first central role for Dr. Pulaski.

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A MATTER OF HONOR

Week of Feb. 6,1989, No. 134
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Burton Armus
Story by: Wanda M. Haight, Gregory Amos and Burton Armus
Stardate: 42506.5

Cmdr. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) is given an opportunity to serve as the first Starfleet officer to be posted to a Klingon ship, but a misunderstanding leads to a showdown between Riker and the Enterprise.

Cast:
Ensign Mendon: John Putch.
Capt. Kargan: Christopher Collins.
Klag: Brian Thompson.
Transporter Chief: Colm Meaney.
Tactics Officer: Peter Parros.
Vekma: Laura Drake

Additional Note:
Solid drama depicting Klingon culture and values. Jonathan Frakes shines as Riker, who must prove his toughness in the eyes of his Klingon hosts and does so by bullying the Enterprise into surrender. Colm Meaney's character, Transporter Chief O'Brien, finally gets a last name.

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THE MEASURE OF A MAN

Week of Feb. 13, 1989, No. 135
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Written by: Melinda M. Snodgrass
Stardate: 42523.7

Data finds his future on trial when the chief of a new starbase orders the android to be disassembled for research. Picard is forced to defend Data against Riker, who's put into a prosecution role.

Cast:
Capt. Phillipa Louvois: Amanda McBroom.
Admiral Nakamura: Clyde Kusatsu.
Cmdr. Bruce Maddox: Brian Brophy.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.

Additional Note:
Picking up on a theme explored earlier in "Elementary, Dear Data", the android's rights as a sentient being are put to the test. And fans get a first glimpse of the officers' weekly poker game, which becomes a recurring plot device.

Best Scene:
Riker, as prosecutor, offers proof that Data is only a machine, by switching him off, much as Data would reluctantly do to brother Lore in "Descent, Part II".

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THE DAUPHIN

Week of Feb. 20, 1989, No. 136
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Scott Rubenstein and Leonard Mlodinow
Stardate: 42568.8

The Enterprise escorts a young ruler (Jamie Hubbard) and her domineering guardian (Paddi Edwards) to Daled IV without realizing their dangerous metamorphic powers.

Cast:
Anya: Paddi Edwards.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Anya as Girl: Mädchen Amick.
Anya as Animal: Cindy Sorenson.
Ensign Gibson: Jennifer Barlow.

Additional Note:
Wesley suffers through his first romance, with the allasomorph (or shape changer) Salia, and has some adult decisions to make after he discovers her true nature. The notion of a shape-shifter would be reintroduced on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the character of Odo (played by René Auberjonois).

Star Watch:
Madchen Amick (Central Park West, Twin Peaks) appears as young Anya.

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CONTAGION

Week of March 20,1989, No. 137
Directed by: Joseph L. Scanlan
Written by: Steve Gerber and Beth Woods
Stardate: 42609.1

The Away Team races against time to destroy an eerie power source that has infected the ship's computers, eaten away at Data's software and left the Enterprise open to a Romulan attack.

Cast:
Capt. Donald Varley: Thalmus Rasulala.
Sub. Cmdr. Taris: Carolyn Seymour.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Best Line:
Riker commenting on luck: "Fate protects fools, little children, and ships called Enterprise."

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THE ROYALE

Week of March 27, 1989, No. 138
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Keith Mills
Stardate: 42625.4

In an uncharted solar system, the Away Team gets trapped in a never-ending story where aliens have replicated human life based on a dramatic novel, "The Hotel Royale."

Cast:
Texas: Noble Willingham.
Asst. Manager: Sam Anderson.
Vanessa: Jill Jacobson.
The Bellboy: Leo Garcia.
Ensign Herbert O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Mickey D: Gregory Beecroft.

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TIME SQUARED

Week of April 3, 1989, No. 139
Directed by: Joseph L. Scanlan
Written by: Maurice Hurley
Story by: Kurt Michael Bensmiller
Stardate: 42679.2

Picard begins to doubt his leadership when the Enterprise finds an out-of-control shuttlecraft with the captain's distraught double inside, from six hours in the future.

Cast:
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
Suspenseful time-travel tale. Patrick Stewart in a dual role as Picard in the present and as he appears six hours later.

Best Scene:
Picard shoots his future self to stop him from abandoning the Enterprise before its destruction.

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THE ICARUS FACTOR

Week of April 24, 1989, No. 140
Directed by: Robert Iscove
Written by: David Assael and Robert L. McCullough
Story by: David Assael
Stardate: 42686.4

When he is promoted to captain of another Federation ship, Riker is eager to get started, until he discovers that he's to be briefed by his estranged father.

Cast:
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Kyle Riker: Mitchell Ryan.
Transporter Operator Herbert: Lance Spellerberg.

Additional Note:
Both Riker and Worf come to terms with the past: Riker with his father's abandonment of him at the age of 15; and Worf with his Klingon heritage. For the second time, Riker will turn down a captaincy to stay aboard the Enterprise. We also learn something of Dr. Pulaski's much-married past and her affair with Riker's father. But the best is kept for last: a glimpse of the challenging Klingon Age of Ascension rite as re-created on the holodeck.

Star Watch:
Former Entertainment Tonight anchor John Tesh appears in Klingon make-up as one of Worf's Ascension Chamber tormentors.

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PEN PALS

Week of May 1, 1989, No. 141
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Melinda M. Snodgrass
Story by: Hannah Louise Shearer
Stardate: 42695.3

Wesley cuts his teeth as a Starfleet ensign when he's instructed to discover what's causing the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on Drema IV where Data's young pen pal lives.

Cast:
Davies: Nicholas Cascone.
Sarjenka: Nikki Cox.
Hildebrandt: Anne H. Gillespie.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Alans: Whitney Rydbeck.

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Q WHO?

Week of May 8,1989, No. 142
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Maurice Hurley
Stardate: 42761.3

The Enterprise is attacked by the Borg after being hurled into a distant part of the galaxy by an angry Q (John de Lancie). As the aliens close in for the kill, Q returns and offers his help, if Picard swallows his pride.

Cast:
Ensign Sonya Gomez: Lycia Naff.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.

Additional Note:
Q's third appearance leads to the Federation's first encounter with the Borg a half-humanoid, half-robotic race living as a single collective entity whose sole purpose is to assimilate other cultures for the sake of gaining new technologies. This episode establishes the Borg as the most powerful and destructive enemy in Federation history and sets the tone for future confrontations many of these among the most exciting ST: TNG episodes filmed. We learn that the Borg were responsible for almost totally destroying Guinan's race a century earlier. As Guinan, Whoopi Goldberg shines in a heated exchange with Q over her hatred of the Borg, a confrontation that will come back to haunt the mischievous alien in the third season's "Déjà Q".

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SAMARITAN SNARE

Week of May 15, 1989, No. 143
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Robert L. McCullough
Stardate: 42779.1

As Capt. Picard lies near death on an operating table, the crew tries to outsmart the dimwitted Pakleds who are holding Geordi hostage.

Cast:
Grebnedlog: Christopher Collins.
Reginod: Leslie Morris.
Surgeon: Daniel Benzall.
Ensign Sonya Gomez: Lycla Naff.
Biomolecular Physiologist: Tzi Ma.

Additional Note:
In this episode, Picard tells Wesley that as a 21-year-old ensign he lost his heart, which had to be replaced by an artificial one in a bar fight with a Nausicaan. Courtesy of Q, Picard would later relive the fight in the sixth season's "Tapestry".

Star Watch:
Daniel Benzall (Murder One) as Picard's surgeon.

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UP THE LONG LADDER

Week of May 22, 1989, No. 144
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Melinda M. Snodgrass
Stardate: 42823.2

Picard must convince two dying civilizations that their only chance for survival lies in cohabitating. But one of the cultures would much rather clone Riker and Dr. Pulaski.

Cast:
Danilo Odell: Barrie Ingham.
Granger: Jon de Vries.
Brenna Odell: Rosalyn Landor.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
This episode is sheer fun, with Riker again playing ladies' man. The Bringloidis, who don't mind a wee drop or two, prove to be almost as much trouble as the wee Tribbles once were. This particular show stands a notch above the rest.

Best Scene:
The leader of the chaste Mariposans, who haven't had sex in decades and find the mere thought of physical intimacy repugnant, contemplates a future breeding with the earthy, fun-loving Bringloidis in a resettlement world.

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MANHUNT

Week of June 19, 1989, No. 145
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Terry Devereaux
Stardate: 42859.2

On her way to a Federation conference, Lwaxana Troi, Counselor Troi's mother, searches for a man to satisfy her insatiable appetite.

Cast:
Lwaxana Troi: Majel Barrett.
Slade Bender: Robert Costanza.
Mr. Homn: Carel Struycken.
Rex: Rod Arrants.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Scarface: Robert O'Reilly.
Madeline: Rhonda Aldrich.
Antidean Dignitary: Mick Fleetwood.
Transport Pilot: Wren T. Brown.

Additional Note:
Comedy is the name of the game in this episode as Lwaxana, making her second Star Trek appearance, goes on the prowl for Picard. The captain tries to flee her advances by assuming the holodeck persona of detective Dixon Hill, also for the second time. Lwaxana, in the throes of a female Betazold mid-life cycle that quadruples her sex drive, falls instead for the bartender.

Star Watch:
A heavily made-up Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac has a cameo as an Antidean dignitary.

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THE EMISSARY

Week of June 26, 1989, No. 146
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Writen by: Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
Story by: Thomas H. Calder

Stardate: 42901.3

Worf is reluctantly reunited with a past lover when the Enterprise is ordered to intercept a Klingon ship whose crew has been in stasis for 100 years.

Cast:
K'Temoc: Lance le Gault.
Admiral Gromek: Georgann Johnson.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Ensign Clancy: Anne Elizabeth Ramsey.
Tactical Crewman: Dietrich Bader.

Additional Note:
Second appearance of actor Suzie Plakson (Love & War), this time as Worf's former lover and future mate, K'Ehleyr, a half-human, half-Klingon diplomat for the Klingon Empire. As a consequence of their "union" on the holodeck, K'Ehleyr would return, with son Alexander, in the fourth season's "Reunion" to change Worf's life. A half-human, half-Klingon character, in the person of Lieut. B'Elanna Torres (Roxann Biggs-Dawson), would be reintroduced in Star Trek: Voyager.

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PEAK PERFORMANCE

Week of July 10, 1989, No. 147
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Written by: David Kemper
Stardate: 42923.4

Cmdr. Riker and Capt. Picard compete in a Starfleet battle simulation program. But the fun ends when a Ferengi warship stumbles across the game and starts firing on them for real.

Cast:
Sirna Kolrami: Roy Brocksmith.
Bractor: Armin Shimerman.
Ferengi Tactician: David L. Lander.
Ensign Nagel: Leslie Neale.
Ensign Burke: Glenn Morshower.

Additional Note:
Armin Shimerman's second appearance as a Ferengi.

Star Watch:
David L. Lander (Squiggy on Laverne & Shirley) appears as a Ferengi.

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SHADES OF GRAY

Week of July 17, 1989, No. 148
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Maurice Hurley, Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
Story by: Maurice Hurley
Stardate: 42976.1

Riker is infected with an alien organism that quickly takes control of his brain. To fight the fatal bug, Dr. Pulaski must lead Riker's mind back to its most primitive memories of survival.

Cast:
Transporter Chief O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
The second-season finale uses Cmdr. Riker's coma-induced dream state as a plot device to replay virtually every significant Riker clip from earlier episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. These include: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Naked Now", "The Last Outpost", "Justice", "Angel One", "11001001", "Heart of Glory", "Symbiosis", "Skin of Evil", "Conspiracy", "The Child", "Loud as a Whisper", "Unnatural Selection", "A Matter of Honor", "The Dauphin", "The Icarus Factor", and "Up the Long Ladder".

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** THIRD SEASON **

The Third Season would mark Star Trek: The Next Generation's emergence from the shadow of its predecessor. The new series' writing staff matured under the leadership of Michael Piller, and the day-to-day operations passed from Gene Roddenberry to new executive producer Rick Berman. This season's plot lines would emphasize character development, humor, and scripts with a social conscience, stories that would attract a new legion of faithful fans. And, thanks in part to a vigorous letter-writing campaign waged by devoted fans, the third-season start saw yet another change in medical officers, as Gates McFadden returned to the role of Dr. Beverly Crusher (just back from a year-long assignment at Starfleet Medical). The look of ST: TNG changed as well, as new costume designer Robert Blackman replaced the men's one-piece jumpsuit that had so constrained Starfleet staff, with the striking and flexible two-piece uniforms still worn by crew today. That, of course, led to the 'Picard Manoeuvre', the small tug Patrick Stewart gives to his uniform top when it starts riding up on him. A small gesture, certainly, but the trademark tug somehow defined the captain in a manner no other script detail ever could.

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EVOLUTION

Week of Sept. 25, 1989, No. 150
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Michael Piller
Story by: Michael Piller and Michael Wagner
Stardate: 43125.8

While escorting a scientist to the site of an exploding star in the Kavis Alpha Sector, a computer malfunction on the U.S.S. Enterprise-D jeopardizes lives and research.

Cast:
Dr. Paul Stubbs: Ken Jenkins.
Eric: Scott Grimes.
Annette: Amy O'Neill.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Nurse: Mary McCusker.
Crewman No. 1: Randal Patrick.

Additional Note:
What begins as a science experiment for Wesley almost destroys Dr. Stubbs' once-in-a-lifetime project aboard the Enterprise. The nature-of-a-sentient being debate is renewed: Data realizes he is not alone as a non-organic being when the microbiotic Nanites begin to evolve and become sentient. Though they threaten both the Starship Enterprise and the experiment to which Dr. Stubbs has dedicated his entire life, Data refuses to destroy the creatures, instead offering himself as a conduit to communicate with the rapidly evolving Nanites. Data's actions save the ship, the experiment and the Nanites' lives. The episode also notes Dr. Crusher's return to the Enterprise, hints at Guinan's past and reveals that Wesley learned about baseball, which ceases as a professional sport in the year 2042, from his father, much as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Jake Sisko would learn about the game of baseball from his father.

Star Watch:
Ken Jenkins (Homefront) appears in the role of Dr. Stubbs.

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THE ENSIGNS OF COMMAND

Week of Oct. 2, 19 89, No. 149
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Melinda M. Snodgrass
Stardate: 43133.3

The Enterprise organizes a massive evacuation when an alien race reclaims a planet and orders the removal of all humans within four days, or face annihilation.

Cast:
Ard'rian McKenzie: Eileen Seeley.
Noe: Richard Allen.
Haritath: Mark L. Taylor.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Gosheven: Grainger Hines.
Sheliak: Mart McChesney.

Additional Note:
Seeking to understand human creativity, Data takes up the violin.

Federation Factoid:
Scenic art supervisor Michael Okuda named Data's shuttlepod "Onizuka " in honor of U.S. astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who died in the tragic January 1986 Challenger explosion.

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THE SURVIVORS

Week of Oct. 9, 19 89, No. 151
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Michael Wagner
Stardate: 43152.4

The Enterprise arrives at Rana IV and discovers that the planet's entire population has been destroyed, with the exception of an elderly couple who refuses to leave.

Cast:
Kevin Uxbridge: John Anderson.
Rishon Uxbridge: Anne Haney.

Additional Note:
Sobering episode on shame, guilt and punishment as Picard discovers that Kevin, who is actually a Douwd, an immortal being disguised as a human, destroyed the entire Husnock race with a single regrettable thought out of rage over the death of his wife.

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WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS?

Week of Oct. 16, 1989, No. 152
Directed by: Robert Wiemer
Written by: Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
Stardate: 43173.5

While assisting Federation anthropologists injured during an explosion on Mintaka III, the Away Team inadvertently causes its primitive people to view Picard as a god.

Cast:
Nuria: Kathryn Leigh Scott.
Liko: Ray Wise.
Dr. Barron: James Greene.
Oji: Pamela Segall.
Fento: John McLiam.
Hali: James McIntire.
Mary Warren: Lois Hall.

Additional Note:
The Prime Directive gets another airing when Dr. Crusher beams up an inhabitant from a strange planet to save his life.

Star Watch:
Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) turns in a convincing performance as the Picard-fearing Liko.

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THE BONDING

Week of Oct. 23, 1989, No. 153
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Stardate: 43198.7

Worf and Wesley help a 12-year-old boy cope with the death of his mother, an archeologist killed during an Away Team investigation of a deserted planet.

Cast:
Jeremy Aster: Gabriel Damon.
Lieut. Marla Aster: Susan Powell.
Transporter Chief O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Teacher: Raymond D. Turner.

Additional Note:
In a compelling episode dealing with the loss of a parent, young Jeremy finds comfort in the memories of Worf and Wesley, who both lost parents in childhood, Worf at 6, when his parents were killed during the Khitomer massacre by the Romulans, and Wesley at 5, when his father Jack was killed during an Away Team mission commanded by Picard.

Best Scene:
Worf leads Jeremy through the Klingon R'uustai bonding ceremony, making him a brother.

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BOOBYTRAP

Week of Oct. 30, 1989, No. 154
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont
Written by: Ron Roman, Michael Piller and Richard Darius
Story by: Michael Wagner and Ron Roman
Stardate: 43205.6

The Enterprise sends an Away Team to investigate an ancient warship, and is trapped in the same energy-draining field that snared the derelict ship during a battle a thousand years before.

Cast:
Dr. Leah Brahms: Susan Gibney.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Galek Dar: Albert Hall.
Christy Henshaw: Julie Warner.

Additional Note:
Picard is at his most human, revealing his enthusiastic interest in ancient cultures and technology, an interest that resurfaces in later episodes. To spring the shipfrom the radiation trap, Geordi calls up the holographic projection of the original designer of the starship, Dr. Leah Brahms, who becomes his dream girl.

Best Line:
"You have used the asteroid belt's gravitational pull as a slingshot. Excellent!" marvels Data as Picard takes the helm to steer the ship free of the trap.

Star Watch:
Julie Warner (Pride & Joy, "Doc Hollywood") as crew member Christy Henshaw, who would reprise that role later in the season in "Transfigurations".

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THE ENEMY

Week of Nov. 6, 1989, No. 155
Directed by: David Carson
Written by: David Kemper and Michael Piller
Stardate: 43349.2

A Romulan ship hinders attempts to rescue Geordi, who is stranded on the Federation planet Galorndon Core, along with the survivor of a downed Romulan vessel.

Cast:
Centurion Bochra: John Snyder.
Cmdr. Tomalak: Andreas Katsulas.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Patahk: Steve Rankin.

Additional Note:
LeVar Burton gets the chance to deliver a stellar performance when Geordi must convince the injured Romulan to combine forces with him to save both their lives. We learn more of the deep-seated hatred between the Klingons and the Romulans when Worf, who was orphaned at Khitomer in the Romulan raid, refuses to give blood to save an injured Romulan's life. Showing profound respect for Worf's culture and feelings, Picard, in turn, refuses to order Worf to save his enemy. Picard's respect for Worf 's integrity and Klingon heritage will come into play in later episodes when Worf's family honor is questioned. Andreas Katsulas would return as Tomalak later in this season's "The Defector" and in the fourth season's "Future Imperfect".

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THE PRICE

Week of Nov. 13, 1989, No. 156
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Written by: Hannah Louise Shearer
Stardate: 43385.6

Duplicity and subterfuge abound as the Enterprise hosts negotiations for rights to a newly discovered wormhole, which is coveted by both the Barzan and the Ferengi.

Cast:
Devinoni Ral: Matt McCoy.
Premier Bhavani: Elizabeth Hoffman.
Dr. Mendoza: Castulo Guerra.
DaiMon Goss: Scott Thompson.
Dr. Arridor: Dan Shor.
Leyor: Kevin Peter Hall.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
The writers toss a few comical subplots into this episode that raises an ethical debate between Troi and Devinoni over the use of Betazoid powers on humans: Riker gets his first chance to act the diplomat when the Ferengi make the Federation delegate too ill to work; and Troi not only reveals her passion for chocolate but also has ST: TNG's first bed scene. And watch for the late Kevin Peter Hall ("Predator" & "Harry and the Hendersons") as the 7-foot, 4-inch Leyor.

Best Scene:
The look on the Ferengi's faces as the Enterprise crew disappears back through the closing wormhole. The notion of a stable wormhole would later return as a central feature on Deep Space Nine. In "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", an unbalanced warp drive system created an artificial and dangerous wormhole.

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THE VENGEANCE FACTOR

Week of Nov. 20, 1989, 157
Directed by: Timothy Bond
Written by: Sam Rolfe
Stardate: 43421.9

The crew attempts to reconcile the Acamarians and the rebel group known as the Gatherers, a faction which broke away from the Acamarians during clan wars more than 100 years earlier.

Cast:
Yuta: Lisa Wilcox.
Brull: Joey Aresco.
Marouk: Nancy Parsons.
Chorgan: StephenLee.
Volnoth: Marc Lawrence.
Temarek: Elkanah Burns.

Additional Note:
Powerful scene in which Riker must overcome his feelings for the beautiful Yuta, who's really an assassin, and kill her before she can start another civil war.

Federation Factoid:
We learn that Data is stronger than Worf.

Star Watch: Lisa Wilcox (General Hospital) is Yuta, while the non-speaking Gatherer is played by Michael Lamper, Marina Sirtis's husband.

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THE DEFECTOR

Week of Jan. 1, 1990, No. 158
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Stardate: 43462.5

A defecting Romulan pilot warns the crew of the Enterprise about an impending assault from a Romulan base being established in the Neutral Zone.

Cast:
Sub. Lt. Setal/Alidar Jarok: James Sloyan.
Cmdr. Tomalak: Andreas Katsulas.
Admiral Haden: John Hancock.
John Bates: S.A. Templeman.

Additional Note:
Admiral Jarok's defection provides insight into internal Romulan treachery. Riker makes reference to the U.S.S. Hood, his previous assignment.

Star Watch:
Look closely to spot Patrick Stewart heavily made up as holodeck character Michael Williams.

Show Watch:
James Sloyan would return as the Klingon K'Mtar in the seventh season's "Firstborn", as Bajoran scientist Dr. Mora Pot in DS9's "The Alternate", and as Neelix's nemesis in Star Trek: Voyager's "Jetrel" episode.

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THE HUNTED

Week of Jan. 8, 1990, No. 159
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Robin Bernheim
Stardate: 43489.2

The planet Angosia III seeks to become a member of the Federation, and asks for assistance in their efforts to capture a prison escapee (Jeff McCarthy) who has a reputation for extreme violence.

Cast:
Roga Danar: Jeff McCarthy.
Nayrok: James Cromwell.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Zaynar: J. Michael Flynn.
Wagnor: Andrew Bicknell.

Additional Note:
Explosive episode dealing with government-sponsored experiments in mind control and biochemical alteration. High action chase scenes through little-seen sections of the Enterprise are cleverly juxtaposed with an ongoing debate over the ethics of the experiments and the subsequent incarceration of their subjects.

Best Dialogue:
"A matter for internal security," muses Picard when the Angosian prime minister warns him not to interfere. "The age-old cry of the oppressor." And as the prisoner escapes, Worf says, "Danar, you are cunning. You must have Klingon blood."

Show Watch:
James Cromwell (nominated for an Oscar for "Babe") returns as Jaglom Shrek in the sixth season's two-part "Birthright" to lead Worf on a search for his father, and as Hanok in DS9's fourth-season episode "Starship Down".

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THE HIGH GROUND

Week of Jan. 29, 1990, No. 160
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont
Written by: Melinda M. Snodgrass
Stardate: 43510.7

Dr. Crusher is kidnapped by terrorists while delivering much-needed medical supplies to a planet torn by civil war.

Cast:
Kyril Finn: Richard Cox.
Waiter (Katik Shaw): Marc Buckland.
Policeman: Fred G. Smith.
Boy (Ansata): Christopher Pettiet.

Additional Note:
This action-packed episode gives Picard the chance to finally use his fists on the face of a terrorist. The Capt. Picard/Dr. Crusher relationship is further explored after the captain is also kidnapped. The BBC originally banned this episode in the U.K. because of its terrorist plot line.

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DÉJÀ Q

Week of Feb. 5, 1990, No. 161
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Richard Darius
Stardate: 43539.1

A suddenly powerless Q is forced to request sanctuary on the Starship Enterprise when a Calamarian seeks revenge against him.

Cast:
Q: John de Lancle.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Dr. Garin: Richard Cansino.
Bre'el Scientist: Betty Muramoto.
Q2: Corbin Bernsen.

Additional Note:
Comical episode in which Q, in his fourth appearance, finally gets what's coming to him: He loses his powers, and his very survival depends on those he has always treated as playthings.

Best scenes:
Q orders ten chocolate sundaes to calm his terrifying new-found hunger; Guinan nearly stabs Q with a fork; Q rewards his new Enterprise friends with a band, cigars, even women, while saving the best reward for Data an honest-to-goodness human belly laugh.

Best Line:
"Oh, you're so stolid," says Q to Riker, who rejects Q's offer of female companionship. "You weren't like that before the beard."

Star Watch:
Corbin Bernsen, a long- time Star Trek fan, does a terrific turn as Q2.

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE

Week of Feb. 12, 1990, No. 162
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Ed Zuckerman
Stardate: 43610.4

While on Tanuga IV, Riker must defend himself against accusations of murder when a research scientist (Mark Margolis) is killed in an explosion, and Picard uses the Enterprise's holodeck to prove his commander's innocence.

Cast:
Krag: Craig Richard Nelson.
Manua Apgar: Gina Hecht.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Tayna: Juli Donald.

Additional Note:
Riker is not thefirst Starfleet officer to be accused of murder, that dubious honor belongs to the classic series' Scotty ("Wolf in the Fold"). For the first time, however, the holodeck is used to reconstruct the crime, reminiscent of the Talosians re-creating events during Spock's court-martial in the classic series' "The Menagerie".

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YESTERDAY'S ENTERPRISE

Week of Feb. 19, 1990, No. 163
Directed by: David Carson
Written by: Ira Steven Behr, Richard Manning, Hans Beimler and Ronald D. Moore
Story by: Trent Christopher Ganino and Eric A. Stillwell
Stardate: 43625.2

A rift in space and time brings the Enterprise into contact with a ship that was destroyed 20 years earlier, and leads to a reunion with ex-security chief Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby).

Cast:
Capt. Rachel Garrett: Tricia O'Neil.
Lieut. Junior Grade Richard Castillo: Christopher McDonald.

Additional Note:
One of ST:TNG's best episodes, with a clever twist that resurrects Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) by means of an alternate time line. A fascinating look at what might have been: In the alternate universe, there has been no Klingon-Federation détente and the ensuing war continues. Note the absence of Worf and Counselor Troi, not to mention the warlike ambience of the alternate Enterprise-D). And in a shocking scene, Riker dies an "alternate death." Once again, Guinan proves her wisdom, and her influence with Picard, when she convinces him to send the U.S.S. Enterprise-C back through the time rift to put things right. And in a final gesture, Picard allows Tasha to return with the Enterprise-C, saving her from the death she faced in the first season's "Skin of Evil". It's not the last we'll hear of her.

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THE OFFSPRING

Week of March 12, 1990, No. 164
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Written by: René Echevarria
Stardate: 43657.0

Data becomes a daddy when he creates an android daughter named Lal, whom he enrols in school so she can learn human behavior.

Cast:
Lal: Hallie Todd.
Admiral Haftel: Nicholas Coster.
Lieut. Ballard: Judyann Elder.
Lal as Robot: Leonard John Crowfoot.

Additional Note:
First episode directed by Jonathan Frakes, a tear-jerker on the life and death of Lal, who brings out Data's fatherly traits: stubbornness when he refuses to let Lal leave the Enterprise to live at Starfleet Research; and protectiveness, when, in a lighter moment, he confronts the dumbfounded Riker over the first officer's intentions regarding his daughter. Her death, however, gives Data his most poignant human experience to date.

Star Watch:
Hallie Todd, daughter of Ann Morgan Gilbert (The Nanny, The Dick Van Dyke Show) appears as Lal.

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SINS OF THE FATHER

Week of March 19,1990, No. 165
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Ronald D. Moore and W. Reed Moran
Story by: Drew Deighan
Stardate: 43685.2

Worf meets his long-lost brother and learns that his father has been charged with treason for aiding the Romulans during the Khitomer assault. Together, they confront the Klingon High Council and challenge the charges against their father.

Cast:
K'mpec: Charles Cooper.
Kurn: Tony Todd.
Duras: Patrick Massett.
Kahlest: Thelma Lee.

Additional Note:
One of Michael Dorn's finest acting turns, as Worf finally meets the brother he never knew. The best Klingon episode to date, shedding light on the complex Klingon world, its culture and ceremonies. Worf shows great respect for his captain when he asks Picard to return to Qo'noS with him, and even greater courage when he allows the lie about his father's treason to stand, thereby averting a Klingon civil war, even though, in so doing, Worf is publicly branded an outcast and a coward. The stage is thus set for The Next Generation's fourthseason cliff-hanger, in which Worf sets out to redeem his family's honor. The "new" Klingon language as developed by linguist Marc Okrand starts with this episode.

Best Line:
In response to Worf's request that they return with him to Qo'noS, Picard and Kurn reply, 'jllajneS. ghIj qet jaghmeyjaj." ("I accept with honor. May your enemies run with fear.")

Show Watch:
Following a fifth-season appearance as Kurn in "Redemption", actor Tony Todd would return as Worf's Klingon brother in DS9's "Sons of Mogh", and as the grown-up Jake Sisko in "The Visitor".

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ALLEGIANCE

Week of March 26, 1990, No. 166
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Richard Manning and Hans Belmler
Stardate: 43714.1

An alien energy beam kidnaps Picard from his quarters and replaces him with a look-alike, whose strange behavior gives the crew just cause to relieve him of his command.

Cast:
Kova Tholl: Stephen Markel.
Esoqq: Reiner Schöne.
Cadet Mitena Haro: Joycelyn O'Brien.
Alien No. 1: Jerry Rector.
Alien No. 2: Jeff Rector.

Additional Note:
Picard is kidnapped for the second time. Patrick Stewart, as the impostor, puts a comical spin on the show as he courts a puzzled Dr. Crusher and leads the Ten-Forward crowd in a rousing drinking song.

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CAPTAIN'S HOLIDAY

Week of April 2, 1990, No. 167
Directed by: Chip Chalmers
Written by: Ira Steven Behr
Stardate: 43745.2

Picard's tropical vacation is interrupted by time-traveling Vorgons from the 27th century who say they're a security team searching for a powerful weapon hidden on the paradise planet.

Cast:
Vash: Jennifer Hetrick.
Ajur: Karen Landry.
Boratus: Michael Champion.
Sovak: Max Grodenchik.
Joval: Deirdre Imershein.

Additional Note:
The captain's much-needed R&R on the fantasy planet Risa is quashed when he meets Vash, the infamous seductress/con artist who steals his heart. This episode marks the first appearance of Vash, and also shows Picard in a much more relaxed state. His bare chest gets equal air time.

Show Watch:
Jennifer Hetrick (L.A. Law) returns as Vash in the fourth season's "Qpid" and in "Q-Less" on DS9. Max Grodénchik, seen here as the Ferengi who helps spark the romance between Vash and Picard, would become better known as Rom, Quark's brother on DS9.

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TIN MAN

Week of April 23, 1990, No. 168
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Written by: Dennis Putnam Bailey and David Bischoff
Stardate: 43779.3

The Enterprise risks hostile Romulan Warbirds and a star on the verge of exploding in order to bring a Betazoid Federation emissary (Harry Groener) into contact with Tin Man, a newly discovered alien intelligence.

Cast:
Capt. Robert DeSoto: Michael Cavanaugh.
Romulan Commander: Peter Vogt.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Star Watch:
Harry Groener (Dear John) guests as the Betazoid Tam Elbrun.

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HOLLOW PURSUITS

Week of April 30, 1990, No. 169
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Sally Caves
Stardate: 43807.4

A timid and ineffectual crew member uses the holodeck to act out his fantasies and vent his frustrations, but places the Enterprise in jeopardy when he neglects his duties in engineering.

Cast:
Lieut. Barclay: Dwight Schultz.
Lieut. Duffy: Charley Lang.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
Dwight Schultz (The A Team) steals the show as Lieut. Barclay, the fuzzyheaded engineering officer, Geordi calls him Lieut. Broccoli, who ducks onto the holodeck whenever life gets too stressful. There, he indulges in his favorite fantasies: Dating Troi and dueling with Picard. Some comic moments: the holodeck version of a bewitching Troi in flowing robes, and a Three Musketeers style gaggle of officers, including Picard, Data, Geordi and Riker. But Geordi's question and perhaps the most puzzling mystery in Starfleet history remains unanswered: How did Broccoli ever get through Starfleet Academy?

Federation Factoid:
We learn that the Enterprise has 4,000 power systems.

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THE MOST TOYS

Week of May 7, 1990, No. 170
Directed by: Timothy Bond
Written by: Shari Goodhartz
Stardate: 43872.2

The crew is convinced Data is dead after his shuttlecraft explodes but they are forced to leave on a mission before confirming what has happened to the android.

Cast:
Kivas Fajo: Saul Rubinek.
Palor Toff: Nehemiah Persoff.
Varria: Jane Daly.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
For the second time, Worf is asked to replace a crew member who has "died." We also learn that Data has never killed a living creature, a fact which will change in the sixth season's "Descent".

Show Watch:
Actor Saul Rubinek ("Unforgiven" & "Getting Even with Dad"), in the role of Kivas Fajo, is darkly reminis cent of Harry Mudd, the amusing wag who exasperated the classic-series crew In "Mudd's Women" and "I, Mudd". Data's decision to fire upon Fajo in order to end his ordeal is heart-stopping.

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SAREK

Week of May 14,1990, No. 171
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Peter S. Beagle
Story by: Marc Cushman and Jake Jacobs
Stardate: 43917.4

Tempers flare during a visit by the Vulcan ambassador Sarek (Mark Lenard), who boards the Enterprise to negotiate diplomatic ties with the Legaran.


Cast:
Perrin: Joanna Miles.
Ki Mendrossen: William Denis.
Sakkath: Rocco Sisto.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Science Crewman: John H. Francis.

Additional Note:
The second episode to feature a character from the classic series this time, Sarek, Spock's Vulcan father. In a longoverdue Vulcan storyline, the aging Sarek who has contracted the Alzheimer-like Bendii syndrome struggles to contain his emotions. Patrick Stewart has some fine moments as Picard confronts Sarek over his loss of control and deals with the overpowering emotions Sarek temporarily bestows on him via the Vulcan mind-meld. Picard's bond with Sarek will resurface in the fifth season's two-part "Unification".

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MÉNAGE À TROI

Week of May 28, 1990, No. 172
Directed by: Robert Legato
Written by: Fred Bronson and Susan Sackett
Stardate: 43930.7

Riker and Troi's shore leave on Betazed suddenly goes awry: First they are interrupted by Deanna Troi's mother, Lwaxana (Majel Barrett), and then all three are kidnapped by the greedy Ferengi, who want to study Lwaxana Troi's telepathic powers.

Cast:
DaiMon Tog: Frank Corsentino.
Dr. Farek: Ethan Phillips.
Nibor: Peter Slutsker.
Reittan Grax: Rudolph Willrich.

Additional Note:
Riker and Deanna indulge in an all-too-rare romantic shore leave on the planet where they first met and fell in love. Third appearance of the inimitable Lwaxana Troi, always good for a dose of high camp, particularly after kidnapper DaiMon Tog is smitten with her charm. Note the Ferengi custom of forbidding females, in this case Lwaxana and Troi, to wear clothes. And Wesley gets a second field promotion to full ensign.

Best Scene:
Capt. Picard having to feign jealousy (much to his chagrin) over Lwaxana, and spout his beloved Shakespeare to gain her release.

Show Watch:
Viewers should listen carefully for the voice of Ethan Phillips almost unrecognizable beneath Ferengi make-up better known as Star Trek: Voyager's Neelix, the first of three ST: TNG actors who would be cast on the fourth Star Trek series.

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TRANSFIGURATIONS

Week of June 4, 1990, No. 173
Directed by: Tom Benko
Written by: René Echevarria
Stardate: 43957.2

After they succeed in rescuing a severely injured humanoid from a crippled escape pod, the entire crew of the Starship Enterprise is overcome with feelings of serenity, and witness the alien's healing powers.

Cast:
John Doe: Mark LaMura.
Cmdr. Sunad: Charles Dennis.
Christy Henshaw: Julie Warner.
Transporter Chief O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Nurse Temple: Patti Tippo.

Additional Note:
Worf is killed in a fall but is brought back to life by the mysterious alien.

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THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, PART I

Week of June 18, 1990, No. 174
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Michael Piller
Stardate: 43989.1

An ambitious Starfleet officer (Elizabeth Dennehy) arrives on the Enterprise to assist in an investigation of the disappearance of a Federation colony, and leads an Away Team effort to rescue Picard, who has been kidnapped by the Borg. Part 1 of two.

Cast:
Admiral J.P. Hanson: George Murdock.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
The third season closes with a spinechilling cliffhanger: The return appearance of the dreaded Borg, who, having kidnapped Picard, transform him into the machine-like Locutus of Borg. Every adrenaline-drenched moment is filled with suspense: Will Picard die? Will the Borg destroy the Federation? ST: TNG had finally come into its own with this rivetting episode. In a secondary plot line, Riker is pitted against the ambitious Lt. Cmdr. Shelby, who claims Riker is lazy because he turns down the command of a ship, the U.S.S. Melbourne (this being his third refusal of the captain's chair.)

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** FOURTH SEASON **

Trekkers impatiently awaited the resolution of season three's cliffhanger. Could Picard be rescued from the Borg? Was it possible to stop the Borg from destroying the Federation? The summerlong suspense only added to the success of "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II." The fanfare over that episode had barely died down when "Legacy", Star Trek: The Next Generation's record-setting 80th episode, aired in late October, breaking the mark set by the original series' 79-episode run. The fourth season would also mark the return of many previous guests, including Q, Lwaxana Troi, Lieut. Barclay, Dr. Leah Brahms and the Traveler. And, in what was to become the season's dominant theme, nine of the first 11 episodes dealt with family: Worf introduces his foster parents, meets his son and then avenges his lover's death; Picard returns home to reconcile with the brother he hasn't seen in 20 years; and Data meets his father, battles his evil twin brother and learns about love. This was also the season of maturity: Wesley takes his leave of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D to study at Starfleet Academy; O'Brien gets married; and Worf takes responsibility for his son, and his life as a Klingon. Altogether, the fourth season featured the greatest number of episodes ever to deal with character development and would become, in our opinion, one of the best Star Trek seasons.

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THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, PART II

Week of Sept. 24, 1990, No. 175
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Michael Piller
Stardate: 44001.4

Conclusion. Riker must try everything he can to save Earth, including destroying Picard, who has been assimilated by the Borg and is being used for his knowledge of Federation defenses.

Cast:
Lt. Cmdr. Shelby: Elizabeth Dennehy.
Admiral Hanson: George Murdock.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Ensign Gleason: Todd Merrill.

Additional Note:
In a conclusion as suspenseful and well written as the previous season's cliffhanger, the action is neatly interwoven with the all-too-human dilemmas faced by members of the crew: Riker, for his part, must take command of the ship while contending with his overly ambitious first officer; and Guinan, who can't bear to witness the Borg destroying the human race like they destroyed her people, still manages to give Riker some excellent advice. Shedding a single tear to signal Picard's presence, Patrick Stewart gives a commanding performance as Locutus of Borg, a creation of the Borg's cybernetic implants and his own hot-wired DNA, who leads a devastating attack against Starfleet's armada, destroying 39 ships, including the U.S.S. Melbourne, and costing more than 10,000 lives. The savior is Data, who sends the Borg into regeneration when he correctly interprets Picard's single utterance ("Sleep"). It will take the Federation a year to rebuild the fleet, and the consequences of the tragedy would return in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when Picard must face the animosity of Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko, whose wife was killed during the captain's Locutus-led attack.

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FAMILY

Week of Oct. 1, 1990, No. 178
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Premise by: Susanne Lambdin and Bryan Stewart
Stardate: 44012.3

Picard reunites with his older brother on Earth (France, to be exact) and considers leaving Starfleet. On the Enterprise, Worf's adoptive parents embarrass him with their displays of affection.

Cast:
Robert Picard: Jeremy Kemp.
Marie Picard: Samantha Eggar.
Sergey Rozhenko: Theodore Bikel.
Helena Rozhenko: Georgia Brown.
Louis: Dennis Creagban.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Jack R. Crusher: Doug Wert.
René Picard: David Tristan Birkin.

Additional Note:
A bevy of guest stars joins the cast in an episode dealing with families. Jeremy Kemp is outstanding as the older brother with whom Picard had a falling-out 20 years earlier, and who goads Jean-Luc into the memorable mud tussle while helping him face his guilt over the Borg disaster. In a more comedic vein, Theodore Bikel and Georgia Brown are brilliant as Worf's adoptive parents, who, while supportive of their son over his recent Klingon "discommendation," can still make Worf blush as only a parent can. And in the most touching storyline, Wesley learns something of his late father, Jack, when Beverly finally lets him view the haunting holotape her husband made just after Wesley was born.

Show Watch:
The wine Robert gives Jean-Luc would be shared in the subsequent fourth-season episodes "Legacy" and "First Contact". Also, we finally get the complete name of Colm Meaney's character, Miles Edward O'Brien.

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BROTHERS

Week of Oct. 8, 1990, No. 177
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Rick Berman
Stardate: 44085.7

While rushing a seriously ill boy to a nearby Starbase for life-saving treatment, Data inexplicably seizes control of the Enterprise, taking it to a remote planet.

Cast:
Jake Potts: Cory Danziger.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Willie (Potts): Adam Ryen.
Ensign Kopf: James Lashly.
Lore/Dr. Noonian Soong: Brent Spiner.

Additional Note:
Executive producer Rick Berman wrote this episode in which Brent Spiner outdoes himself in a triple role as Data; as Data's creator, Dr. Noonian Soong and as Data's evil twin, Lore, first encountered in the first season's "Datalore". Called home by his creator, long since presumed dead, Data meets the reclusive genius, who has at last perfected a chip that will grant Data human emotions. That opportunity vanishes when Lore, who also turns up, tricks Soong, steals the chip and leaves the inventor fatally injured.

Best Scene:
In saying goodbye, Data calls Soong "Father" and is left to ponder what he might have learned. While Data would be reunited with a dream-induced image of his father in the sixth season's "Birthright I", he would not re-encounter evil Lore until the seventh season's "Descent II".

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SUDDENLY HUMAN

Week of Oct. 15, 1990, No. 176

Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont
Written by: John Whelpley and Jeri Taylor
Story by: Ralph Phillips
Stardate: 44143.7

A human boy showing signs of abuse is found on a Talarian ship in distress. When the child's adoptive Talarian father asks for his return, Picard risks war by refusing to surrender him.

Cast:
Capt. Endar: Sherman Howard.
Admiral Connaught Rossa: Barbara Townsend.

Additional Note:
Picard's edgy relationship with children is examined when the captain must determine why Jono, the human child raised by Talarians, doesn't wish to go home to his human family. Chad Allen (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) gives an honest portrayal of Jono, a child torn apart when forced to choose between the alien father he respects and the human family seeking his return.

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REMEMBER ME

Week of Oct. 22, 1990, No. 179
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Lee Sheldon
Stardate: 44161.2

When crew on the Enterprise begin to disappear, Dr. Crusher finds she's the only one who can remember them.

Cast:
Traveler: Eric Menyuk.
Commander Dalen Quaice, M.D.: Bill Erwin.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
Stellar performance by Gates McFadden, who carries the storyline solo for part of the episode. Left to solve the mystery or die in the incredibly shrinking universe that, from her perspective, has invaded the Enterprise, Dr. Crusher argues with the computer while her crewmates double talk and disappear. She begins to doubt her sanity as she is left entirely alone. The recurring Star Trek, theme of an alternative universe provides the opportunity here to learn more about Beverly's background, her thoughts and feelings as she works to discover the key to the mystery.

Show Watch:
In his second appearance, Eric Menyuk returns as the Traveler to help Wesley save his mother.

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LEGACY

Week of Oct. 29, 1990, No. 180
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Written by: Joe Menosky
Stardate: 44215.2

The Enterprise crew gets caught in the middle of a war on the home planet of the
late Tasha Yar where they meet Tasha's sister, a member of one of the warring factions.

Cast:
Ishara Yar: Beth Toussaint.
Hayne: Don Mirault.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Tan Tsu: Vladimir Velasco.
Coalition Lieut.: Christopher Michael.

Additional Note:
The milestone 80th ST: TNG episode surpasses the 79-episode run of the classic series. Picking up on the Tasha Yar storyline, the crew encounters Tasha's long lost younger sister, Ishara, who befriends the crew to penetrate the defenses of her enemies. Both Picard and Data are drawn to Ishara out of friendship for Tasha, but it is Data who gets an unexpected lesson in betrayal when the younger Yar nearly kills him in pursuit of her mission.

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REUNION

Week of Nov. 5, 1990, No. 181
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Written by: Thomas Perry, Jo Perry, Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga
Story by: Drew Deighan, Thomas Perry and Jo Perry
Stardate: 44246.3

Klingon leader K'mpec (Charles Cooper) asks Picard to choose between two contenders to succeed him as head of the Klingons and determine which has been poisoning him. And Worf receives startling news from his former lover.

Cast:
K'Ehleyr: Suzie Plakson.
Gowron: Robert O'Reilly.
Duras: Patrick Massett.
Alexander: Jon Steuer.
Security Guard: Michael Rider.
Transporter Chief Hubbel: April Grace.
Klingon Guard No. 1: Basil Wallace.
Klingon Guard No. 2: Mirron E. Willis.

Additional Note:
In Jonathan Frakes' second directorial stint, actor Suzie Plakson returns in the role of Klingon Ambassador K'Ehleyr, Worf 's half-human former lover and the mother of his son, Alexander. The episode is rife with passion and political intrigue as Worf rekindles his romance with K'Ehleyr, and Picard assists the dying K'mpec with the ritual selection of a new Klingon leader, and then attempts to unmask his assassin. Duras, the Klingon who implicated Worf's father in the Khitomer massacre and now a contender to succeed K'mpec, kills K'Ehleyr when she rightly suspects him of the crime. Crossing the thin line of his restraint, Worf finally gives in to his Klingon rage and kills Duras for murdering his lover and dishonoring his father. While not yet at liberty to reclaim his family's honor that would wait until the season's cliffhanger, "Redemption, Part I" Worf cannot publicly acknowledge Alexander as his son and sends him to live with his own foster parents to spare the youngster the shame of Worf's humiliating "discommendation."

Show Watch:
Alexander, later played by Brian Bonsall ("Blank Check" & Family Ties), would return to live with Worf in the fifth season's "New Ground."

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FUTURE IMPERFECT

Week of Nov. 12, 1990, No. 182
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: J. Larry Carroll and David Bennett Carren
Stardate: 44286.5

After an aborted mission, Riker awakens to a universe 16 years in the future where he is the captain of the Enterprise in the midst of negotiating a treaty with the Romulans, and has no memory of how he got there.

Cast:
Ambassador Tomalak: Andreas Katsulas.
Jean-Luc/Ethan: Chris Demetral.
Minuet: Carolyn McCormick.
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Transporter Chief Hubbell: April Grace.
Barash: Chris Demetral.

Additional Note:
Riker briefly experiences what it's like to be both captain of the Enterprise and the father of a teen-age son. His fantasy love, Minuet, makes a return appearance in a holotape, enabling Riker to discover the truth about his surroundings, which have been devised by the alien Barash posing as Riker's fantasy son, who wishes to keep the first officer as a permanent guest (much as Trelane attempted to keep Kirk and crew for company on the original Star Trek's "The Squire of Gothos"). Riker's fantasy future serves as a neat device to catch a glimpse of the Federation as it could evolve 16 years hence, including a bearded Admiral Picard and a married Troi.

Show Watch:
Third appearance by Andreas Katsulas as Tomalak.

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FINAL MISSION

Week of Nov. 19, 1990, No. 183
Directed by: Corey Allen
Written by: Kacey Arnold-Ince and Jeri Taylor
Story by: Kacey Arnold-Ince
Stardate: 44307.3

On a final mission before entering Starfleet Academy, Wesley must save the life of his mentor, Capt. Picard, when their shuttle crashes on a lifeless moon.

Cast:
Dirgo: Nick Tate.
Chairman Songi: Kim Hamilton.
Ensign Tess Allenby: Mary Kohnert.

Additional Note:
Wil Wheaton gives his best performance in this episode, which marks his departure from the regular cast. Wesley Crusher, like Jean-Luc Picard many years earlier, is finally accepted into Starfleet Academy on his second attemp. There are touching moments as Wesley comforts an injured Picard while awaiting the rescue team. The captain in turn admits how proud he is of Wesley (who's like a son to him in many ways), and talks to him of Boothby, the Academy groundsman and Picard's mentor, who shows up in the fifth season episode "The First Duty".

Star Watch:
Nick Tate (Space: 1999) turns up as Dirgo.

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THE LOSS

Week of Dec. 31, 1990, No. 184
Directed by: Chip Chalmers
Written by: Hilary J. Bader, Alan J. Adler and Vanessa Greene
Story by: Hilary J. Bader
Stardate: 44356.9

Deanna Troi is horrified when she loses her empathic powers and is unable to help the Enterprise, which is caught in a gravitational pull and is headed towards a black hole-like phenomena.

Cast:
Ensign Janet Brooks: Kim Braden.
Ensign Tess Allenby: Mary Kohnert.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.

Additional Note:
In an episode that focuses on Troi's crisis of confidence over the loss of her empathic powers, Marina Sirtis provides her character with depth and vulnerability, in contrast to Deanna's normal selfcontrol. We also witness the enduring strength of the Riker-Troi relationship.

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DATA'S DAY

Week of Jan. 7, 199 1, No. 18 5
Directed by: Robert Wiemer
Written by: Harold Apter and Ronald D. Moore
Story by: Harold Apter
Stardate: 44390.1

Data is saddled with problems: First he's faced with a jittery bride on the day of her wedding, and then a Vulcan ambassador headed for treaty negotiations with the Romulans starts behaving oddly.

Cast:
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Ambassador T'Pel (Sub-Commander Selok): Sierra Pecheur.
Admiral Mendak: Alan Scarfe.
Transporter Chief Hubbell: April Grace.
V'Sal: Shelly Desai.
Keiko: Rosalind Chao.

Additional Note:
In a very creative day-in-the-life episode, the action unfolds from the perspective of a very busy Data, the only round-the-clock being on the ship. He must deal with bride Keiko's change of heart on the eve of her wedding to Miles O'Brien, in addition to monitoring Ambassador T'Pel's attempt to extract security information for which she has not been given clearance. Following the ambassador's apparent death in a transporter accident, the android turns once again to his Sherlock Holmes persona (the third time he does so) to unravel the mystery. Data is successful on all counts, and ends his day by walking Keiko down the aisle in a marriage ceremony performed by Picard.

Best Scene:
Dr. Crusher teaching Data how to dance before the wedding.

Show Watch:
Behind Romulan make-up as Admiral Mendak, actor Alan Scarfe (married to Barbara March, who plays Lursa, one half of the infamous Duras sisters) would return as the Romulan prison camp commandant Tokath in the sixth season's "Birthright, Part II", then as Augris in Star Trek: Voyager's second season episode "Resistance". Also: First glimpse of Data's cat, possibly Riker's least favorite creature.

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THE WOUNDED

Week of Jan. 28, 1991, No. 186
Directed by: Chip Chalmers
Written by: Jeri Taylor
Story by: Stuart Charno, Sara Charno and Cy Chermak
Stardate: 44429.6

Fearing the Cardassians are rearming, a Federation captain takes matters into his own hands and attacks their ships. The Enterprise must help their former enemies stop the renegade.

Cast:
Keiko Ishikawa O'Brien: Rosalind Chao.
Gul Macet: Marc Alaimo.
Miles O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Glinn Telle: Marco Rodriguez.
Glinn Daro: Time Winters.
Admiral Haden: John Hancock.

Additional Note:
First real insight into the Federation's newest enemies, the Cardassians. Colm Meaney does a star turn as Miles O'Brien, who, in this revealing episode, is the only one able to convince his former captain, Benjamin Maxwell, to stand down in the face of war.

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DEVIL'S DUE

Week of Feb. 4, 1991, No. 187
Directed by: Tom Benko
Written by: Philip Lazebnick
Story by: Philip Lazebnlck and William Douglas Lansford
Stardate: 44474.5
Picard must defend his soul and the planet Ventax from a woman claiming to be the devil.

Cast:
Ardra: Marta DuBois.
Dr. Clarke: Paul Lambert.
Jared: Marcello Tubert.
Devil Monster: Thad Lamey.
Klingon Monster: Tom Magee.
Marley: William Glover.

Star Watch:
Marta DuBois (Magnum's ex on Magnum, P.I.) appears as the conartist-cum-devil Ardra, whose sexual advances Picard refuses. She retaliates by making the Enterprise disappear.

Show Watch:
This is the second of two episodes originally scripted for the aborted Star Trek II series.

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CLUES

Week of Feb. 11, 1991, No. 188
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Bruce D. Arthurs and Joe Menosky
Story by: Bruce D. Arthurs
Stardate: 44502.7

The crew suspects Data is lying about a wormhole, so Picard orders a covert investigation.

Cast:
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Ensign McKnight: Pamela Winslow.
Madeline: Rhonda Aldrich.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Gunman: Thomas Knickerbocker.

Show Watch:
Third appearance of Capt. Picard's favorite holodeck personal the private eye Dixon Hill.

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FIRST CONTACT

Week of Feb. 18, 1991, No. 189
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Dennis Bailey, David Bischoff, Joe Menosky, Ronald Moore & Michael Piller
Story by: Marc Scott Zicree
Stardate: Unknown

On a first contact mission, Riker is captured by xenophobic people who fear he is an advance scout for an invading force.

Cast:
Chancellor Avel Durken: George Coe.
Mirasta: Carolyn Seymour.
Berel: George Hearn.
Krola: Michael Ensign.
Nilrem: Steven Anderson.
Dr. Tava: Sachi Parker.
Lanel: Bebe Neuwirth.

Additional Note:
In a philosophical twist, we get an examination of the fear of aliens from the subject's point of view, instead of the Federation's perspective. A future footnote: In a later episode ("The Drumhead"), Admiral Satie accuses Picard of breaking the Prime Directive, citing his behavior here (in "The First Contact") as the most recent of nine occasions on which the captain breaks the Federation rule. We also learn that the unsuccessful first-contact mission long ago led to years of Federation-Klingon enmity. Watch for Sachi Parker, Shirley MacLaine's daughter, as Dr. Tava.

Star Watch:
Bebe Neuwirth (Lilith on Cheers) has a memorable cameo as a nurse whose greatest fantasy is to have sex with an alien, and the injured Riker is in no position to refuse.

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GALAXY'S CHILD

Week of March 11, 1991, No. 190
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Maurice Hurley
Story by: Thomas Kartozian
Stardate: 44614.6

Geordi is dejected upon meeting his dream woman, Dr. Leah Brahms, who has no interest in him. However, the two must work together to detach a parasitic life form that thinks the Enterprise is its mother.

Cast:
Dr. Leah Brahms: Susan Gibney.
Ensign Rager: Lanei Chapman.
Ensign Pavlik: Jana Marie Hupp.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Transporter Chief Hubbell: April Grace.

Additional Note:
Second appearance of Geordi's fantasy woman, Dr. Leah Brahms, in the flesh this time, as opposed to the holodeck version. Alas, Brahms, who happens to be an original designer of the Enterprise, turns out to be very different from Geordi's holodeck creation. Not only is she married, but the woman is a tad more critical than in his fantasy ("Booby Trap"). Geordi's struggle to overcome his discomfort around women is more apparent, and he does make friends with Leah, even after she learns of his fantasy.

Show Watch:
First glimpse of the Jefferies Tubes, named after the original series art director Matt Jefferies.

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NIGHT TERRORS

Week of March 18, 1991, No. 191
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Pamela Douglas and Jeri Taylor
Story by: Shari Goodhartz
Stardate: 44631.2

The Enterprise gets trapped in a rift in space where Troi is tormented by a recurring nightmare while the rest of the crew slip into insanity from dream deprivation.

Cast:
Keiko O'Brien: Rosalind Chao.
Andrus Hagan: John Vickery.
Ensign Gillespie: Duke Moosekian.
Ensign Peeples: Craig Hurley.
Ensign Kenny Lin: Brian Tochi.
Ensign Rager: Lanei Chapman.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Capt. Chantal Zaheva: Deborah Taylor.

Additional Note:
The ship is saved this time by Troi's empathic powers.

Show Watch:
Brian Tochi (Leonardo of "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") plays Ensign Lin. He appeared earlier as young Ray Tsingtao in the classic episode "And the Children Shall Lead".

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IDENTITY CRISIS

Week of March 25, 1991, No. 192
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Brannon Braga
Premise by: Timothy DeHaas
Stardate: 44664.5

Geordi and a former shipmate exhibit symptoms of genetic transformation when drawn to a planet they investigated five years earlier.

Cast:
Lt. Cmdr. Susanna Leitjen: Maryann Plunkett.
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Lieut. Hickman: Amick Byram.
Transporter Chief Hendrick: Dennis Madalone.
Ensign Graham: Mona Grudt.
Brevelle: Paul Tompkins.

Additional Note:
A strong episode for LeVar Burton, in which Geordi La Forge is reunited with a former U.S.S. Victory shipmate who, with Geordi, participated in an Away Team mission to the planet Tarchannen III, where a parasite entered their bodies.

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NTH DEGREE

Week of Aprill, 1991, No.193
Directed by: Robert Legato
Written by: Joe Menosky
Stardate: 44704.2

An alien probe turns the shy and timid Lieut. Barclay into a genius who can argue theoretical mathematics with Einstein and interface with the ship's computer.

Cast:
Einstein: Jim Morton.
Cytherian: Kay E. Kuter.
Lieut. Linda Larson: Saxon Trainor.
Ensign April Anaya: Page Leong.
Lieut. Reginald Barclay: Dwight Schultz.
Ensign Brower: David Coburn.

Show Watch:
Dwight Schultz returns as Lieut. Barclay in an episode that bears a passing resemblance to the classic series' "Where No Man Has Gone Before."

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QPID

Week of April 22, 1991, No. 194
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Ira Steven Behr
Story by: Randee Russell and Ira Steven Behr
Stardate: 44741.9

Q (John de Lancle) transforms Vash into a condemned Maid Marian and Picard into Robin Hood.

Cast:
Vash: Jennifer Hetrick.
Sir Guy: Clive Revill.

Additional Note:
A fantasy episode in the tradition of the classic series' "Shore Leave", and one of ST: TNG's most humorous outings. In his fifth appearance, John de Lancie is at his mischievous best as Q, and Jennifer Hetrick returns as Picard's love interest, Vash. To repay the favor Picard did him in the previous season's "Déjà Q", the bad boy of the universe simulates the Sherwood Forest fantasy to get Picard and Vash to admit their true feelings for one another. But in a promising twist of fate to be explored in "Q-Less", a first-season episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Vash declares her intention to travel the galaxy with Q, not stay with Picard.

Best Line:
Forced to join Robin Hood's band of thieves, a protesting Worf declares, "I am not a merry man!"

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THE DRUMHEAD

Week of April 29, 199 1, No. 195
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Written by: Jeri Taylor
Stardate: 44769.2

An explosion aboard the Enterprise leads to an investigation headed by a retired Starfleet admiral who accuses Picard of treason.

Cast:
Admiral Norah Satie: Jean Simmons.
Sabin Genestra: Bruce French.
Simon Tarses: Spencer Garrett.
Lieut. J'Ddan: Henry Woronicz.
Admiral Thomas Henry: Earl Billings.
Nellen Tore: Ann Shea.

Additional Note:
In a chilling episode, Jonathan Frakes' third as director, Admiral Norah Satie leads a 24th-century witch hunt for nonexistent conspirators. The admiral accuses Picard of violating the Prime Directive nine times, citing a litany of infractions ("Justice", "Angel One", "Pen Pals", "Up the Long Ladder", "The Ensigns of Command", "Who Watches the Watchers?", "The High Ground", "Legacy", and "First Contact"). Jean Simmons gives an extremely convincing portrayal of a woman whose bitter rage ovenvhelms her sense of justice. The notion of conspiracy among Federation officers would resurface in the DS9 episode "Paradise Lost".

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HALF A LIFE

Week of May 6, 1991, No. 196
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Peter Allan Fields
Story by: Ted Roberts and Peter Allan Fields
Stardate: 44805.3

Troi's mother, Lwaxana (Majel Barrett), falls in love with a scientist, Dr. Timicin (David Ogden Stiers), who must return to his home planet to commit ritual suicide, as required by his society.

Cast:
Dara: Michelle Forbes.
B'Tardat: Terrence McNally.
O'Brien: ColmMeaney.
Mr. Homn: Carel Struycken.

Additional Note:
In this sad, sweet episode, David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H) and Majel Barrett are well-paired as lovers forced to separate when Timicin must return home to die. On board to conduct an experiment that may save his world's dying star, the reserved Dr. Timicin is at first bewildered, then enchanted, by the vivacious Lwaxana Troi, on her fourth visit to the Enterprise. Persuaded by his new-found love to seek asylum rather than abandon his work and life to ritual suicide, the 60-year-old Timicin is confronted by his daughter, Dara (Michelle Forbes, set to return in the fifth season as Ensign Ro). She begs her father to remain true to his heritage and go through with their culture's "resolution." In a tearful exchange that allows Majel Barrett to display her dramatic talents, Timicin tells Lwaxana of his decision to embrace his proscribed destiny, and thus remain honorable to his people. In the episode's touching final scene, Lwaxana, as one of Timicin's loved ones, decides to accompany him to the planet to be with the scientist in his final moments.

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THE HOST

Week of May 13, 1991, No. 197
Directed by: Marvin Rush
Written by: Michel Horvat
Stardate: 44821.3

Dr. Crusher's love for a Trillan ambassador (Franc Luz) is tested when she discovers he is actually an alien creature living inside a humanoid host.

Cast:
Governor Leka Trion: Barbara Tarbuck.
Kareel: Nicole Orth-Pallavicini.
Kalin Trose: William Newman.
Nurse Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Lathal Bine: Robert Harper.

Additional Note:
Dr. Beverly Crusher finally gets to display her passionate side when she falls in love with Odan, a Trillion diplomat (played by Franc Luz), and is torn when she discovers the true nature of his symbiotic relationship with his host body.

Best Scene:
Odan, after being temporarily housed in Cmdr. Riker when his first body dies, convinces Beverly to continue their affair, and they spend one more night together.

Show Watch:
The Trill species would return on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the character of Jadzia Dax (played by Terry Farrell).

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THE MIND'S EYE

Week of May 27, 1991, No. 198
Directed by: David Livingston
Written by: René Echevarria
Story by: Ken Schafer and René Echevarria
Stardate: 44885.5

En route to the blissful planet Risa for his vacation, Geordi is kidnapped by a group of hostile Romulans and is brainwashed into being their assassin.

Cast:
Ambassador Kell: Larry Dobkin.
Taibak: John Fleck.
Governor Vagh: Edward Wiley.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

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IN THEORY

Week of June 3, 1991, No. 199
Directed by: Patrick Stewart
Written by: Joe Menosky and Ronald D. Moore
Stardate: 44932.3

Data (Brent Spiner) struggles with the intricacies of love when he becomes romantically involved with a crewmate (Michele Scarabelli).

Cast:
Keiko O'Brien: Rosalind Chao.
Transporter Chief O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Ensign McKnight: Pamela Winslow.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.

Additional Note:
In a serio-comic episode that marks Patrick Stewart's debut in the director's seat, Data comes close to learning, firsthand, the meaning of love. Despite his well-intentioned attempt to create a program to provide himself with a guide to love, the android doesn't quite get with the program, and when Ensign Jenna D'Sora realizes that she can't fall in love with a machine, Data's left holding his cat, Spot, as D'Sora walks away.

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REDEMPTION, PART I

Week of June 17, 1991, No. 200
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Stardate: 44995.3

Worf (Michael Dorn) is torn between his duty to the Federation and his Klingon heritage when civil war threatens the Klingon Empire.

Cast:
Gowron: Robert O'Reilly.
Cmdr. Kurn: Tony Todd.
Lursa: Barbara March.
B'Etor: GwynythWalsh.
K'Tal: Ben Slack.
General Movar: Nicholas Kepros.
Toral: J.D. Cullum.
Guinan: WhoopiGoldberg.
Klingon First Officer: Tom Ormeny.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.
Cmdr. Sela: Denise Crosby.
Helmsman: Clifton Jones.

Additional Note:
The series' second cliffhanger pits Worf against traitors on his home world in the final chapter of the saga that began in the earlier "Sins of the Father" and "Reunion" episodes. Michael Dorn has some of his best moments as Worf reclaims his father's honor and resigns his Starfleet commission to fight for Gowron in the Klingon civil war. And in ST: TNG's most surprising plot twist, Denise Crosby returns as Romulan Cmdr. Sela, Tasha Yar's daughter by her forced marriage to her Romulan abductor, an explanation that wouldn't be shared with Star Trek viewers until the fifth season.

Show Watch:
Actors Barbara March and Gwynyth Walsh make a lasting impression as the Klingon sisters of Duras, who would return to threaten Worf and the Klingon Empire's peace with the Federation in part two of "Redemption" and DS9's "Past Prologue", before meeting their demise in "Star Trek Generations".

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** FIFTH SEASON **

The fifth season was launched with great fanfare to celebrate Star Trek's 25th Anniversary, not bad for a show that NBC tried to kill more than once. By the fall of 1991, Star Trek: The Next Generation was achieving weekly ratings that would have placed it on the Nielsen Top 10 prime-time list every week, had it been televised on a U.S. network. The season boasted top-notch scripts and consistently fine performances. Even in the absence of a network berth, the show still managed to capture a handful of Emmy awards for technical excellence. Stories this season would shift their emphasis to character development, social commentary and the importance of overcoming personal differences to fight for a common goal. Issues such as vengeance, sexual preference, euthanasia and genetic engineering were explored without succumbing to preachiness or forsaking the action-adventure mode that was Star Trek's hallmark. Fans noted the absence this season of Q, the roguish mischief-maker and fan favorite. And, on a much sadder note, the world bid farewell to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who died in October 1991. Even with the death of the Great Bird of the Galaxy, no one doubted that his vision would continue to live long and prosper.

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REDEMPTION, PART II

Week of Sept. 23, 1991, No. 201
Directed by: David Carson
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Stardate: 45020.4

Picard suspects the Romulans are stirring up the civil war that threatens the Federation-Klingon alliance, and convinces the Federation to impose a blockade against the Romulan Empire.

Cast:
Cmdr. Sela: Denise Crosby.
Cmdr. Kurn: Tony Todd.
Lursa: Barbara March.
B'Etor: Gwynyth Walsh.
Toral: J.D. Cullum.
Gowron: Robert O'Reilly.
Capt. Larg: Michael G. Hagerty.
Admiral Shanthi: Fran Bennett.
Gen. Movar: Nicholas Kepros.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Lt. Cmdr: Christopher Hobson: Timothy Carhart.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Kulge: Jordan Lund.
Ensign Craig: Clifton Jones.

Additional Note:
An action-packed wrap-up to last season's gripping finale, with one of the most entertaining plot twists ever developed for a science-fiction series: Seemingly back from the dead, Denise Crosby pops up in the role of Tasha Yar's half-Romulan daughter, Sela, who plots with the sisters of Duras to initiate civil war in the Klingon Empire and destroy the Federation. Another fine performance by Michael Dorn, who plays both sides of Worf's loyalties, to his Klingon homeworld and to the Federation, with equal conviction. And Data finally commands a ship in this episode, handling the crew's resistance to his orders admirably well.

Best Scene:
In explaining her uncanny resemblance to Tasha Yar, Sela reveals her lingering guilt over betraying her mother for trying to escape the Romulans.

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DARMOK

Week of Sept. 30, 1991, No. 202
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Joe Menosky
Story by: Philip Lazebnik and Joe Menosky
Stardate: 45047.2

The Enterprise makes contact with the Tamarians, a nonviolent race of aliens whose language is incomprehensible to humans, but the two groups are forced to find a way to communicate when Picard and the Tamarian captain (Paul Winfield) unite to defend themselves against an angry creature.

Cast:
Tamarian First Officer: Richard James.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
With the two captains co-operating rather than fighting, as with Kirk and the Gorn in the classic series' "Arena", Picard learns a tough lesson on the value of communication when his new-found ally is killed by the beastly enemy, and he must use his limited knowledge of the Tamarian language to praise the dead captain's courage, lest the Tamarian crew open fire on the Enterprise. Paul Winfield first appeared in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" as Capt. Terrell.

Star Watch:
Ashley Judd ("Heat") turns up as Ensign Lefler, who would appear later in the season as Wesley's love interest in "The Game".

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ENSIGN RO

Week of Oct. 7, 1991, No. 203
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Michael Piller
Story by: Rick Berman and Michael Piller
Stardate: 45076.3

While investigating a terrorist attack on the Solarion planet, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard uncovers evidence of a conspiracy to wipe out the Bajorans, and exposes the dastardly deed with the help of a new officer, Ro Laren (Michelle Forbes).

Cast:
Keeve Falor: Scott Marlowe.
Gul Dolak: Frank Collison.
Orta: Jeffrey Hayenga.
Transporter Technician Collins: Harley Venton.
Barber Mot: Ken Thorley.
Admiral Kennelly: Cliff Potts.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.

Additional Note:
Michelle Forbes, Dr. Timicin's daughter in the fourth season's "Half a Life", appears as Ro Laren, the strong-willed Bajoran with a troubled past. Ro is the first recurring crew member to display traits of aggression and impatience, which brings into question her suitability as a Federation officer. Guinan reveals her intuitive side in seeing through Ro's tough façade to the vulnerable person within. The appearance of the Bajorans lays the foundation for much of DS9.

Show Watch:
The Bajoran earring, as introduced by Ro and later worn by Major Kira on DS9, would emerge as a fashion favorite among Trekkers.

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SILICON AVATAR

Week of Oct. 14, 1991, No. 204
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Jeri Taylor
Story by: Lawrence V. Conley
Stardate: 45122.3

During a survey mission on Melona IV, the Enterprise is approached by the Crystalline Entity, a life form responsible for numerous deaths. While Picard attempts to communicate with the entity, an Enterprise scientist (Ellen Geer) insists that it should be detroyed.

Cast:
Carmen Davila: Susan Diol.

Additional Note:
The return of the Crystalline Entity ("Datalore") sets the stage for a clash between Picard (faithful to his mission to seek out new life) and Dr. Kila Mary (obsessed with avenging her son's death at the hands of the entity on Omicron Theta, Data's home planet). Although initially hostile to Data, accusing him of luring the entity to Melona IV as Lore had done on Omicron Theta, Marr bonds with the android after realizing that his programming contains the memories of Omicron Theta's inhabitants, including those of her son. Brent Spiner goes solo on guitar as Data pursues his interest in music.

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DISASTER

Week of Oct. 21, 1991, No. 205
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Story by: Ron Jarvis and Philip A. Scorza
Stardate: 45156.1

The Enterprise is caught in the path of a rare natural phenomenon, which severely damages the ship and leaves Troi (Marina Sirtis) in command on the bridge, Picard trapped in a turbolift with three children, and O'Brien's wife about to give birth in Ten-Forward.

Cast:
Keiko O'Brien: Rosalind Chao.
Miles O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Ensign Ro: Michelle Forbes.
Marissa: Erika Flores.
Jay Gordon: John Christian Graas.
Patterson: Max Supera.
Ensign Mandel: Cameron Arnett.
Lieut. Monroe: Jana Marie Hupp.

Additional Note:
Splendid high-tension episode bringing out the crew's lesser-known strengths: The injured Picard must comfort three frightened children; Worf must tend to the wounded and deliver Keiko's baby; and an uncertain Troi must take command, finding the courage to make crucial decisions in the nick of time.

Best Scene:
A panicky Worf orders Keiko to give birth "immediately."

Star Watch:
Erika Flores (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) appears as Marissa.

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THE GAME

Week of Oct. 28, 1991, No. 206
Directed by: Corey Allen
Written by: Brannon Braga
Story by: Susan Sackett, Fred Bronson and Brannon Braga
Stardate: 45208.2

When Wesley (Wil Wheaton) returns to the Enterprise on a vacation from Starfleet Academy, he finds the entire crew has become addicted to an electronic mind game which tampers with an individual's ability to reason.

Cast:
Ensign Robin Lefler: Ashley Judd.
Etana Jol: Katherine Moffat.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Ensign: Diane M. Hurley.

Additional Note:
Wil Wheaton's first guest appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation series since leaving the show in the fourth season. Ashley Judd's second appearance as Ensign Lefler, to whom the vacationing Wesley takes an immediate shine.

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UNIFICATION, PART I

Week of Nov. 4, 1991, No. 208
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Jeri Taylor
Story by: Rick Berman and Michael Piller
Stardate: 45236.4

After learning that the Vulcan ambassador Mr. Spock has traveled to Romulus for a secret meeting with the Romulan Senator, Picard and Data follow - disguised as Romulans - to determine his intentions.

Cast:
Perrin: Joanna Miles.
Capt. K'Vada: Stephen D. Root.
Klim Dokachin: Graham Jarvis.
Senator Pardek: Malachi Throne.
Proconsul Neral: Norman Large.
B'iJik: Erick Avarl.
Admiral Brackett: Karen Hensel.
Sarek: Mark Lenard.
Soup Woman: Mimi Cozzens.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
The third and perhaps best appearance of a character carried over from the classic Star Trek series, the incomparable Mr. Spock, who, with his father, Sarek (Mark Lenard), links the present Federation to its past. Make-up and costumes are used to great effect as Picard becomes the second Federation captain to masquerade as a Romulan, James T. Kirk was the first (in Star Trek's original series episode " The Enterprise Incident"). This will develop into a trend on Star Trek.

Best Scene:
Sarek, while on his deathbed, confides to Capt. Picard his love for his ever-distant son, Spock.

Show Watch:
Malachi Throne, appearing in this episode as Romulan Senator Pardek, played Commodore Mendez in the classic series' "The Menagerie".

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UNIFICATION, PART II

Week of Nov. 11, 1991, No. 207
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Michael Piller
Story by: Rick Berman and Michael Piller
Stardate: 45245.8

Conclusion. Picard and Data locate Spock, who reveals the reason for his journey to Romulus, an attempt to unify the Romulans and the Vulcans, but his efforts are thwarted with the discovery of a Romulan plot to invade Vulcan.

Cast:
Cmdr. Sela: Denise Crosby.
Capt. K'Vada: Stephen D. Root.
Senator Pardek: Malachi Throne.
Proconsul Neral: Norman Large.
Omag: William Bastiani.
D'Tan: Vidal Peterson.
Amarie: Harriet Leider.

Additional Note:
Solid plot and great acting add to the suspense of this episode. And in a neatly written bridge to an earlier plot line, the half-Romulan Cmdr. Sela (Denise Crosby, in her fourth guest appearance) returns to cause trouble for the Federation. In a touching moment, Picard allows Spock to use the Vulcan mind-meld to access the late Sarek's innermost feelings.

Best Scene:
Data and Spock meet for the first time, allowing Data, forever driven to be human, to ask the Vulcan: Why did Spock choose to reject his human half instead of his Vulcan side?

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A MATTER OF TIME

Week of Nov. 18, 1991, No. 209
Directed by: Paul Lynch
Written by: Rick Berman
Stardate: 45349.1

While on a mercy mission to the Penthara IV planet, which has been struck by a massive asteroid, the Enterprise is visited by a man "from the future."

Cast:
Rasmussen: Matt Frewer.
Dr. Hal Moseley: Stefan Gierasch.
Ensign Felton: Sheila Franklin.
Female Scientist: Shay Garner.

Additional Note:
The role of the time-traveling Berlingoff Rasmussen in this lighthearted episode was originally written for Robin Williams, who bowed out to play Peter Pan in "Hook". Successor to the role, Matt Frewer ("Honey, I Shrunk the Kids") became a cult sensation in the late '80s as M-M-M-M-Max Headroom.

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NEW GROUND

Week of Jan. 6, 1992, No. 21 0
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Written by: Grant Rosenberg
Story by: Sara Charno and Stuart Charno
Stardate: 45376.3

As the Enterprise makes its way to Bilana III to test a new propulsion system, Worf's son, Alexander (Brian Bonsall), arrives on the Enterprise intending to stay permanently.

Cast:
Helena Rozhenko: Georgia Brown.
Dr. Ja'Dar: Richard McGonagle.
Kyle: Jennifer Edwards.
Ensign Felton: Sheila Franklin.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
This episode adds dimension to Worf's character as he struggles to become a father to Alexander (Brian Bonsall of "Blank Check" & Family Ties), tapping unsuspected reserves of love and patience. Worf and Troi discover their common interest in Alexander and, for the first time, but not the last, in each other.

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HERO WORSHIP

Week of Jan. 27, 1992, No. 211
Directed by: Patrick Stewart
Written by: Joe Menosky
Story by: Hilary J. Bader
Stardate: 45397.3

After rescuing a traumatized young boy from the wreckage of a research vessel, the Enterprise crew strives to discover what caused the destruction of the small ship.

Cast:
Timothy: Joshua Harris.
Transporter Chief: Harley Venton.
Ensign Felton: Sheila Franklin.
Teacher: Steven Einspahr.

Additional Note:
In the second episode directed by Patrick Stewart, the crew again tends to a young orphan who, while traumatized by the destruction of his ship and the loss of his parents, makes a friend in Data and begins to mimic his every move, which is sometimes humorous. As Data and Troi struggle to reach young Timothy, Geordi recalls his own terror at the fire that nearly killed him when he was five.

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VIOLATIONS

Week of Feb. 3, 1992, No. 212
Directed by: Robert Wiemer
Written by: Pamela Gray and Jeri Taylor
Story by: Shari Goodhartz, T. Michael Gray and Pamela Gray
Stardate: 45429.3

As the Enterprise escorts a group of telepathic Ullians to Kaldra IV planet, crew members begin to lapse into comas, which are seemingly caused by the delegation of telepathic aliens.

Cast:
Keiko O'Brien: Rosalind Chao.
Jev: Ben Lemon.
Tarmin: David Sage.
Dr. Martin: Rick Fitts.
Inad: Eve Brenner.
Lt. Cmdr. Jack Crusher: Doug Wert.
Crewman Davis: Craig Benton.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
An episode brimming with fear and violence. The notion of assault is taken one step further, into the mind. Before lapsing into comas, Troi, Riker and Crusher are repeatedly subjected to violent, horrifying memories, caused by Jev, a telepathic violator posing as a historian.

Scariest scene:
Beverly Crusher is forced to peer into her husband's coffin, only to find Jev waiting there for her.

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THE MASTERPIECE SOCIETY

Week of Feb. 10, 1992, No. 213
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Adam Belanoff and Michael Piller
Story by: James Kahn and Adam Belanoff
Stardate: 45470.1

A stellar core fragment threatens to destroy a genetically engineered human colony on an otherwise deserted planet. The crew of the Enterprise attempts to avert the natural disaster, without realizing that their assistance could be just as damaging.

Cast:
Aaron Conor: John Snyder.
Hannah Bates: Dey Young.
Martin Benbeck: Ron Canada.
Ensign Felton: Sheila Franklin.

Additional Note:
A thought-provoking episode on genetic engineering with Deanna Troi and Geordi playing central roles in the debate. While Troi immediately regrets her brief, "genetically incorrect" affair with the human colony's leader, Geordi works to solve their engineering problem, fully realizing that, being blind, he would never have been allowed to live in their society which considered him imperfect.

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CONUNDRUM

Week of Feb. 17,1992, No. 214
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Barry M. Schkolnick
Story by: Paul Schiffer
Stardate: 45494.2

After being scanned by an alien ship, the Enterprise crew members lose their memories and find they have a new officer on board, one who insists they are at war.

Cast:
Cmdr. Kieran MacDuff: Erich Anderson.
Ensign Ro Laren: Michelle Forbes.
Kristin: Liz Vassey.
Crewman: Erick Weiss.

Additional Note:
Intriguing glimpse at what might have been. Suffering complete memory loss, the crew begins to assume the identities that feel most comfortable to them: Worf decides he must be the captain of the Enterprise, while Picard becomes the navigator; Ro and Riker, meanwhile, share a mutual attraction.

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POWER PLAY

Week of Feb. 24, 1992, No. 215
Directed by: David Livingston
Written by: Rene Balcer, Herbert J. Wright and Brannon Braga
Story by: Paul Ruben and Maurice Hurley
Stardate: 45571.2

After investigating a subspace distress signal coming from an uninhabited moon, Trol, Data and O'Brien stage a violent takeover on the bridge and force Picard to change the direction of the Enterprise.

Cast:
Keiko O'Brien: Rosalind Chao.
Miles O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Ensign Ro Laren: Michelle Forbes.
Transporter Technician: Ryan Reid.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Colm Meaney get to step out of character when Troi, Data and O'Brien are possessed by disembodied entities, prisoners of an unsuspected penal colony located on the "uninhabited" moon.

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ETHICS

Week of March 2, 1992, No. 216
Directed by: Chip Chalmers
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Story by: Sara Charno and Stuart Charno
Stardate: 45587.3

Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) calls in a neurogeneticist after Worf (Michael Dorn) is paralyzed in an accident, but she begins to regret the decision after Dr. Russell suggests experimental surgery that could cost Worf his life.

Cast:
Dr. Toby Russell: Caroline Kava.
Alexander: Brian Bonsall.
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.

Additional Note:
Ethical issues force Worf and Dr. Crusher to re-examine their values, and places them in conflict with their colleagues. After Riker refuses to assist him in ritual suicide, Worf turns to his son, Alexander but, in his reluctance to put the seven-year-old boy through the ordeal, he begins to question his Klingon resolve. Beverly, meanwhile, objects vehemently to Dr. Russell's determination to risk her patients' lives to prove her theories. Worf dies, for the second time, in surgery just before his Klingon anatomy, featuring a backup synaptic system, kicks in to resuscitate him.

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THE OUTCAST
Week of March 16, 1992, No. 217
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Written by: Jeri Taylor
Stardate: 45614.6

While working together to locate a missing shuttlecraft, Riker and a J'naii member (Melinda Culea) become attracted to each other, despite the fact that a relationship is prohibited because the androgynous J'naii race prohibits male/female relationships.

Cast:
Krite: Callan White.
Noor: Megan Cole.

Additional Note:
Issues of sexual preference and tolerance are put to the test in one of Star Trek's most controversial episodes. When Soren is put on trial for her involvement with Riker, the first officer assumes full responsibility for their liaison while defending his lover's right to choose to be female. In a heart-wrenching scene, Riker must deal with the brainwashing cure she is forced to undergo as punishment. Placing both himself and his career at risk, he attempts to rescue Soren only to have her renounce him as her brainwashing takes hold.

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CAUSE AND EFFECT

Week of March 23, 1992, No. 218
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Written by: Brannon Braga
Stardate: 45652.1

The Enterprise is caught in a time warp while charting the unexplored region known as the Typhon Expanse, inducing dizziness and déjà vu in the crew, and causing the Enterprise to collide repeatedly with another ship.

Cast:
Ensign Ro Laren: Michelle Forbes.
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Capt. Morgan Bateman: Kelsey Grammer.

Additional Note:
In the fourth episode directed by Jonathan Frakes, a sequence of events leading to the ship's destruction is repeated again and again, and the Enterprise falls into a time loop that steals 17 days out of the ship's history.

Star Watch:
Kelsey Grammer (of television's Frasier) has a letter-perfect cameo as the bemused Capt. Morgan Bateman ofthe Starship Bozeman, the other timelooped ship, which has been trapped for 90 years. Note his 23rd-century uniform, which was introduced in the movie "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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THE FIRST DUTY

Week of March 30, l992, No. 219
Directed by: Paul Lynch
Written by: Ronald Moore and Naren Shankar
Stardate: 45703.9

Wesley (Wil Wheaton) becomes involved in a coverup during the investigation of an in-flight accident which destroyed five Starfleet Academy ships and caused the death of his friend Joshua Albert.

Cast:
Boothby: Ray Walston.
Cadet First Class Nicholas Locarno: Robert Duncan McNeill.
Lt. Cmdr. Albert: Ed Lauter.
Capt. Satelk: Richard Fancy.
Supt. Admiral Brand: Jacqueline Brookes.
Cadet Second Class Jean Hajar: Walker Brandt.
Cadet Second Class Sito: Shannon Fill.

Additional Note:
In Wil Wheaton's second guest appearance since leaving The Next Generation series, Wesley comes of age when he realizes that loyalty to the truth, which is the first duty of a Starfleet officer, Picard reminds him, is worth more than friendship, leading him to testify against his squadron after one of his team is killed during an i'll-fated attempt at a banned flight maneuver. A first glimpse at Starfleet Academy in San Francisco, where Picard catches up with Boothby (Ray Walston of "My Favorite Martian" and "Picket Fences"), the Academy groundsman and his mentor.

Show Watch:
Robert Duncan McNeill, better known as Lieut. Tom Paris, the second of three ST: TNG actors to be cast in the Star Trek: Voyager series, appears as Cadet Locarno. Shannon Fill, as Cadet Second Class Sito, would reprise her Bajoran character in ST: TNG's seventh season episode "Lower Decks", and Richard Fancy's character, Satelk, is the first appearance of a Vulcan captain on ST: TNG.

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COST OF LIVING

Week of April 20, 1992, No. 220
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Peter Allan Fields
Stardate: 45733.6

Academy coverup three years earlier, are struggling to prove themselves during an evaluation process when they suddenly find themselves involved in a top-secret and extremely dangerous mission.

Cast:
Sam Lavelle: Dan Gauthier.
Sito Jaxa: Shannon Fill.
Taurik: Alexander Enberg.
Ben: Bruce Beatty.
Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Joret: Don Reilly.

Additional Note:
An intriguing episode that offers a snapshot of what life as a young officer must have been like for Picard or Riker. And Worf must deal with the death of Sito, the young officer he had recently taken under his wing, and who had been involved in the cadet coverup of Wesley Crusher's Starfleet Academy flight team in the fifth season's "The First Duty".

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THE PERFECT MATE

Week of April 27, 1992, No. 221
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by:Gary Percante and Michael Piller
Story by: René Echevarria and Gary Percante
Stardate: 45761.3

A Ceremony of Reconciliation is sched-uled to take place on the Starship Enterprise, but the peace process bet-ween the Kriosians and the Valtese is jeopardized when the troublesome Ferengi try to steal the peace offering (Famke Janssen).
Cast:
Briam: Tim O'Connor.
Par Lenor: Max Grodénchik.
Alrik: Mickey Cottrell.
Qol: Michael Snyder.
Transporter Chief Hubbell: April Grace.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
Bittersweet tale of true love lost, with Jean-Luc Picard as the unhappy pro-tagonist in this case. Interesting debate arises between the captain and Dr. Crusher as to whether Kamala's cultural obligations amount to prostitution, and whether on moral grounds the Federation has the right to interfere with those oblig-ations. First glimpse of the breakfast and tea that Picard and Crusher are in the habit of sharing. Kamala's spotted tem-ples and hairline will later be seen on the host body of Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Star Watch:
Famke Janssen (the latest Bond girl in "Goldeneye") as Kamala.

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IMAGINARY FRIEND

Week of May 4, 1992, No. 222
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont
Written by: Edithe Swensen and Brannon Braga
Story by: Ronald Wilderson, Jean Matthias and Richard Fliegel
Stardate: 45832.1

A little girl's imaginary friend comes to life and threatens the ship and crew when the Enterprise enters a region of space containing a strange energy form.

Cast:
Isabella: Shay Astar.
Ensign Daniel Sutter: Jeff Allin.
Clara Sutter: Noley Thornton.
Alexander: Brian Bonsall.
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Ensign Felton: Sheila Franklin.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.

Additional Note:
First mention of Geordi La Forge's parents, who will appear in the seventh season's "Interface".

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I, BORG

Week of May 11, 1992, No. 223
Directed by: Robert Lederman
Written by: René Echevarria
Stardate: 45854.2
The Enterprise discovers an injured ado-lescent Borg who exhibits human quali-ties, but reactions among the crew are not favorable when the youngster is brought on board.

Cast:
Hugh: Jonathan Del Arco.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.

Additional Note:
In one of ST: TNG's most popular Borg episodes, Dr. Crusher saves the life of an injured Borg, whom Geordi be-friends and names Hugh. The crew is divided over the young Borg, forcing Picard to make the critical decision: Should Hugh be destroyed or returned to the collective which would expose the Federation to future risk? Picard will face the consequences of his decision in the sixth season's "Descent, Part I". Jonathan Del Arco gives a haunting performance as the young Borg who learns to become an individual.

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THE NEXT PHASE

Week of May 18, 1992, No. 224
Directed by: David Carson
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Stardate: 45092.4

After the Enterprise offers assistance to a Romulan science ship in distress, La Forge and Ro (LeVar Burton, Michelle Forbes) disappear during transport between the ships, and are assumed dead.

Cast:
Mirok: Thomas Kopache.
Varel: Susanna Thompson.
Transporter Chief Brossmer: Shelby Leverington.
Parem: Brian Cousins.
Ensign McDowell: Kenneth Meseroll.

Additional Note:
Imaginative special effects, as Geordi and Ro, accidentally cloaked through Romulan chicanery, walk through walls. While Data searches for an appropriate memorial service by which to mark his comrades' deaths, we observe different cultural traditions: for Worf, an honor-able death is cause to celebrate, whereas Ro would prefer the two-hour Bajoran death chant for her borhyas, or soul. Jonathan Frakes once again sets forth with his own trombone-playing number as Riker gets into the spirit of the Mardi Gras-style wake Data finally settles on.

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INNER LIGHT

Week of June 1, 1992, No. 225
Directed by: Peter Lauritson
Written by: Peter Allan Fields and Morgan Gendel
Story by: Morgan Gendel
Stardate: 45944.1

Picard (Patrick Stewart) is struck by a primitive alien probe which renders him unconscious, and wakens to find himself on the planet Kataan, living the simple life of an iron weaver on the drought- stricken planet.

Cast:
Eline: Margot Rose.
Batai: Richard Riehle.
Administrator: Scott Jaeck.
Meribor: Jennifer Nash.
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Young Batai: Daniel Stewart.

Additional Note:
In a wonderfully touching change--of-pace episode, a Hugo Award winner for Best Dramatic Presentation, Picard lives another man's life while under the influence of the space probe. As Kamin the iron weaver, Picard has a wife, a loving relationship with his children, and a lifelong, but ultimately futile mission to save the planet from drought. As Kamin nears the end of his own life, the signiftcance of the probe becomes clear: It was launched by the long-dead Kataanians to record their story, and Picard was used as the witness through whom that story might be told. Having lived Kataan's demise through Kamin's eyes, Picard awakens on the Enterprise 25 minutes later a changed man with Kamin's flute and the memories of that lifetime to carry forward.

Show Watch:
Patrick Stewart's son, Daniel, has a minor role as Bata', Kamin's son on Kataan.

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TIME'S ARROW, PART I

Week of June 15, 1992, No. 226
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Joe Menosky and Michael Piller
Story by: Joe Menosky
Stardate: 45959.1

The Enterprise travels to Earth to investi-gate archeological evidence of aliens living on the planet as early as the 19th century. When they uncover a very unusual artifact, Data's head, the Away Team transports itself to the late 1890's San Francisco to investigate. Part one of two.

Cast:
Samuel Clemens: Jerry Hardin.
Bellboy: Michael Aron.
Door-man: Barry Kivel.
Seaman: Ken Thor-ley.
Falling Hawk: Sheldon Peters.
Gambler/Frederick La Rouque: Marc Alaimo.
Scientist: Milt Tarver.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Roughneck: Michael Hungerford.
Beggar: John M. Murdock.

Additional Note:
Another season-ending cliffhanger with a fascinating twist: While searching for clues to the artifact, Data is sucked back in time to 1890's San Francisco where he promptly meets Mark Twain (Clemens) and discovers a Guinan, liv-ing as a wealthy socialite who does not recognize him. Jerry Hardin is amusing as the irrepressible Samuel Clemens, who eavesdrops on Guinan and Data and earns himself a trip to the future. And, as the season ends, we're left to ponder: What ever happened to Data's head?

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** SIXTH SEASON **

With rumors already circulating that Star Trek: The Next Generation's sixth season might well be its last, the year was marked by storylines that brought closure to earlier episodes, and allowed several characters a sense of completeness in their lives: Data, in seeking his father, again meets up with his evil twin; Worf, undertaking his own paternal quest, explores the spiritual side to his Klingon nature; Riker, while encountering his other self gets a second chance to build a life with Deanna; and Picard, on a journey to the afterlife, is tempted to undo his past mistakes. And while Q, to fans'delight, resurfaces in the sixth season to resume his mischief-making, Lwaxana Troi, another fan favorite, unfortunately does not return. It's a season packed with emotion. Great excitement surrounds the launch of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the third Star Trek incarnation, while The Next Generation series expe-riences its own score of sentimental high notes, including the return of Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery Scott to the Federation fold and the guest appearance of physicist Stephen Hawking in the season finale. With the cast eventually signed to a seventh year, the sixth season would emerge as one of superb storytelling, stories that allowed the crew to seek out new life, as well as explore within.

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TIME'S ARROW, PART II

Week of Sept. 21, 1992, No. 227
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Jeri Taylor
Story by: Joe Menosky Stardate: 46001.3
Conclusion. The crew's efforts to find Data in 19th-century San Francisco and stop alien time travelers from tampering wit h the future is hindered by a distrustful Samuel Clemens (Jerry Hardin).

Cast:
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Mrs. Carmichael: Pamela Kosh.
Young Reporter: Alexander Enberg.
Morgue Attendant: Van Epperson.
Dr. Appollinaire: James Gleason.
Male Patient: Bill Cho Lee.
Policeman: William Boyett.
Alien Nurse: Mary Stein.
Jack London: Michael Aron.

Additional Note:
In the life-or-death conclusion to the fifth-season finale, we learn why Data's head, blown off in an explosion, was separated from his body in the first place. In the wake of Worf's miraculous fifth-season recovery, Data is the second ST: TNG crew member brought back from the dead. Picard, meanwhile, final-ly discovers how he really met Guinan, and the meddlesome Sam Clemens earns a quick trip to the 24th century. Unlike other aliens in the Federation universe, the soul-stealers of this episode are deemed evil, without being given the usual opportunity to redeem themselves.

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REALM OF FEAR

Week of Sept. 28, 1992, No. 228
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Brannon Braga
Stardate: 46041.4

Lieut. Barclay's fear of transporting is compounded when he encounters a creature inside the transporter stream during an away mission.

Cast:
Lieut. Barclay: Dwight Schultz.
Admiral Hayes: Renata Scott. Transporter Chief Miles O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Nurse Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Crew Member: Thomas Velgrey.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
Dwight Schultz makes his third appearance as the phobia-afflicted Bar-clay, who this time suffers from a well -justified fear of transporters. The hapless Barclay must overcome his fear to save his own life and the lives of four missing U.S.S. Yosemite crew members. Watch for inventive special effects when a shapeless being bites Barclay just before he emerges from the transporter buffer.

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MAN OF THE PEOPLE

Week of Oct. 5, 1992, No. 229
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Frank Abatemarco
Stardate: 46071.6

Deanna Troi is attracted to a Lumerian ambassador (Chip Lucia) while becom-ing increasingly hostile to the crew and demonstrates signs of rapid aging.

Cast:
Jarth: Rick Scarry.
Maylor: Susan French.
En-sign Janeway: Lucy Boryer.
Admiral Simons: George D. Wallace.
Liva: Stephanie Erb.

Additional Note:
Not the first Starfleet officer to under-go rapid aging (see the classic episode "The Deadly Years" and ST: TNG's "Unnatural Selection"), Troi is also sub-jected to a number of disturbing personal-ity changes, seducing men at random, raging with jealousy and assaulting peo-ple. In a chilling discovery, Ambassador Alkar is found responsible for Troi's dete-riorating condition, having chosen her as the receptacle for his own negative emo-tions to free himself up to be the perfect diplomat, a condition he has repeatedly and remorselessly imposed on others. Deanna becomes the third crew member revived after death.

Show Watch:
Worf leads the Mak bahr, a Klingon meditation exercise.

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RELICS

Week of Oct. 12, 1992, No. 230

Directed by: Alexander Singer
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Stardate: 46125.3

A veteran of the original U.S.S. Enterprise, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (James Doohan), is discovered suspend-ed in the transporter system of a 75- year-old wreck. However, the legendary Starfleet figure is dejected when it seems that he is no more than a relic on the U.S.S. Enterprise-D.

Cast:
Ensign Rager: Lanei Chapman. Ensign Kane: Erick Weiss.
Engineer Bartel: Stacie Foster.
Waiter: Ernie Mirich.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
A clever means to bring back a beloved character, the fourth so far, from the clas-sic series. James Doohan does an entertain-ing turn as the 147-year-old Scotty trying to prove his usefulness in a society that's changed beyond recognition, which of course, given his resourcefulness, he does.

Best Scene:
The holodeck's re-creation of the original Enterprise bridge, background beeps and all.

Best Line:
Scotty to La Forge, "Geordi, I've spent my whole life tryin' to figure out crazy ways to do things. I'm tellin 'ya, one engineer to another, I can do this."

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SCHISMS

Week of Oct. 19, 1992, No. 231
Directed by: Robert Wlemer
Written by: Brannon Braga Story by: Jean Louise Matthias and Ron Wilkerson
Stardate: 46154.2

When an alien energy source is discov-ered in a cargo bay, some members of the crew are shocked to discover they had temporarily vanished from the ship and had been used for medical experiments without remembering any of it.

Cast:
Ensign Rager: Lanel Chapman.
Mot: Ken Thorley.
Lieut. Shipley: Scott T. Trost.
Crewman: Angelo McCabe.
Kaminer: Angelina Fiordellisi.
Medical Technician: John Nelson. Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
Another just-in-the-nick-of-time solu-tion by Geordi, who saves the crew and ship from the machinations of the anti-matter aliens. Again, the holodeck is used to great effect to re-create the terrifying recollections of the four crew members, Riker, Worf, Geordi and Ensign Rager -who were painfully cut apart and exam-ined by the unfriendly aliens.

Best Scene:
Data reads a comedic poem dedicated to his cat, Spot.

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TRUE Q

Week of Oct. 26, 1992, No. 232
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Written by: René Echevarria
Premise by: Matthew Corey
Stardate: 46192.3

A young intern (Olivia D'abo) attracts the attention of Q when she shows signs of omnipotence.

Cast:
Q: John de Lancle.
Lote: John P. Connolly.

Additional Note:
In the sixth Q episode, the trouble-some alien shows up to train the interning Amanda, who is as surprised as the crew to discover she is the orphan of two former members of the Q Continuum. Amanda's parents chose to leave the Continuum only to be killed by a freak tornado that struck their home in, are you ready, Dorothy? Kansas! Under Q's guidance, Amanda turns out to be a precocious student, as Riker, every alien's favorite boy toy is quick to discover.

Best Scene:
The 24th-century wizard Q is at his arrogant best when he justifies the possible termination of Amanda, insisting to Capt. Picard that it just wouldn't do to have omnipotent beings running around the universe.

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RASCALS

Week of Nov. 2, 1992, No. 233
Directed by: Adam Nimoy

Written by: Allison Hock
Story by: Ward Botsford, Diana Dru Botsford and Michael Piller
Stardate: 46235.7

Picard relinquishes his command when a transporter accident physically trans-forms him, along with Guinan, Ensign Ro and Keiko, into 12-year-olds. But when the Ferengi seize the Enterprise, Picard shows he can still lead.

Cast:
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.
Ensign Ro: Mich-elle Forbes.
Keiko: Rosalind Chao.
Berik: Tracey Walter.
Morta: Michael Snyder.
Alexander: Brian Bonsall.
Young Picard: David Tristan Birkin.
Young Guinan: Isis Jones.
Young Keiko: Caroline Junko King.
Lurin: Mike Gomez.
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.
Young Ro: Megan Parlen.
Kid No. 1: Morgan Nagler.
Molly: Hana Hatae.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
Leonard Nimoy's son, Adam, directed this quirky reversal of the rapid-aging storyline. Watch for David Tristan Birkin, who shows up here as the 12-year-old Jean-Luc, as Picard's nephew René in the fourth season's "Family". SHOW WATCH: Final ST: TNG appearance of Colm Meaney as Chief O'Brien and Rosalind Chao as O'Brien's wife, Keiko, both off to join the cast of DS9 whose debut would air the following January.

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A FISTFUL OF DATAS

Week of Nov. 9,1992, No. 234
Directed by: Patrick Stewart
Written by: Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Brannon Braga
Story by: Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Stardate: 46271.5
It's a deadly showdown in the holodeck when Worf (Michael Dorn) and son Alexander (Brian Bonsall) are trapped in a malfunctioning Wild West program and have to tackle a couple of gunslingers with Data's face and android abilities.

Cast:
Annie: Joy Garrett.
Bandito: Jorge Cervera.
Eli Hollander: John Pyper Ferguson.

Additional Note:
Patrick Stewart's third episode as director. Brent Spiner does a terrific job in five roles, playing nearly all the char-actors in Worf's holodeck melodrama. The fully functional android does a great comedic turn when transformed into a robotic-looking Miss Annie, who per-forms "her" best show in gratitude to Worf after the mighty Klingon warrior saves the day.

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THE QUALITY OF LIFE

Week of Nov. 16,1992, No. 235
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Written by: Naren Shankar
Stardate: 46307.2

Data risks the lives of Capt. Picard and Geordi when he prevents the use of machines known as "exocomps" in their rescue, believing the machines are alive and wouldn't survive the attempt.

Cast:
Dr. Farallon: Ellen Bry.
Transporter Chief Kelso: J. Downing.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
Fifth episode directed by Jonathan Frakes. Chalk one up for the android when, once again, Data correctly realizes that the exocomps, like the Nanites of the third season's "Evolution", are sen-tient beings, and he stubbornly refuses to send them into danger, even under threat of court-martial and with the captain's life at stake.

Best Scene
Picard, having escaped with his life thanks to the exocomps' decision to help, tells Data that his decision to fight for the exocomps's right to life was "the most human decision you've ever made."

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CHAIN OF COMMAND, PART I

Week of Dec. 14, 1992, No. 236
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Story by: Frank Abatemarco
Stardate: 46357.4

Picard resigns his command of the Enterprise to lead Worf and Dr. Crusher in an ultra-secret espionage mission against the Cardassians. Part one of two.

Cast:
Capt. Jellico: Ronny Cox.
Gul Lemec: John Durbin.
Gul Madred: David Warner.
Admiral Nechayev: Natalija Nogulich.
Solok: Lou Wagner.

Additional Note:
Picard is assigned a kamikaze mission to deter-mine whether the Cardassians are manufacturing a meta-genic weapon, the biological equivalent of a neutron bomb, as Capt. Jellico assumes command of the Enterprise in a transition that is any-thing but smooth for Jellico, Riker and the entire crew. Meanwhile, Picard, an expert in the theta-band sub-space waves required by the weapon (from his days in command of the U.S.S. Stargazer), leads a comman-do team consisting of himself, Worf and Dr. Crusher into the Cardassian installation on Celtris III, thought to be a metagenic production facil-ity. The suspense mounts as the trio enters a Cardassian trap and Picard is captured. Part I ends as Picard, serial number SP-937-215, prepares to be interrogated by his Cardassian captors.

Show Watch:
Troi dons a regulation Starfleet uniform at the request of Capt. Jellico. Actor David Warner made earlier appearances in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier", and as Chancellor Gorkon of the Klingon Empire in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country".

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CHAIN OF COMMAND, PART II

Week of Dec. 14, 1992, No. 237
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Frank Abatemarco
Stardate: 46360.8

Conclusion. Picard's will is pushed to its limit when he is captured by the Cardassians and tortured by Gul Madred (David Warner). Meanwhile, the unpopular Capt. Jellico dismisses Riker and plans a first strike on the Cardassians.

Cast:
Capt. Jellico: Ronny Cox.
Gul Lemec: John Durbin.
Jil Orra: Heather Lauren Olson.

Additional Note:
Powerful conclusion as Picard is brought to the brink of brainwashing by repeated torture. Patrick Stewart, who prepared for the demanding script by watching tapes provided by Amnesty International, gives a painfully accurate performance of a man punished again and again until he very nearly succumbs to his captors. Aboard the Enterprise, tension mounts as Data becomes acting first offi-cer when Riker is relieved of his duties for challenging Jellico's judgment. In the end, of course, Jellico must ask for Riker's help in piloting the shuttle on a mission to plant mines on the Cardassian ships, the success of which leads to the Cardassians' withdrawal and Picard's release. Not a moment too soon for Picard who was close to believing his torturer's taunts, as the shaken captain confides to Troi in the episode's final scene. The episode's Car-dassian storyline, with Cardassia's with-drawal from Bajoran space, provided a timely bridge to DS9, whose world pre-mière airs the following month.

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SHIP IN A BOTTLE

Week of Jan. 25, 1993, No. 238
Directed by: Alexander Singer
Written by: René Echevarria
Stardate: 46424.1

Professor Moriarty (Daniel Davis), a character in Data's Sherlock Holmes holodeck fantasy created to match the android wit for wit, shocks and bewilders the crew when the nasty one comes to life and steps into the real world.

Cast:
Lieut. Barclay: Dwight Schultz.
Countess: Stephanie Beacham.
Gentleman: Clement von Franckenstein.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
A lighthearted break from the serious episodes of recent weeks. In Dwight Schultz's fourth appearance, Lieut. Barclay accidentally releases Prof. Moriarty from the holodeck program in which he was stored four years earlier ("Elementary, Dear Data"). Moriarty amazes himself and the entire crew when he appears to live and breathe outside the holodeck and, as before, seeks to gain control of the Enterprise. A neat mirror--within-a-mirror episode which blurs the line between reality and imagination.

Star Watch:
Daniel Davis (The Nanny) makes a return appearance as Moriarty, and Stephanie Beacham (seaQuest DSV) turns up as his beloved Countess Regina Bartholomew.

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AQUIEL

Week of Feb. 1, 1993, No. 239
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore
Story by: Jeri Taylor
Stardate: 46461.3

Geordi (LeVar Burton) falls in love with a Starfleet lieutenant who's suspect-ed of murdering a fellow officer.

Cast:
Lieut. Aquiel: Renee Jones.
Torak: Wayne Grace.
Morag: Reg E. Cathey.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
Geordi finally falls for a woman who returns his interest, only to have her ac-cused of murder, in an episode tied to a Klingon storyline. The loveless La Forge saves the day, and Aquiel's career, when he destroys the murderous alien masquerading as Aquiel's pet dog.

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FACE OF THE ENEMY

Week of Feb. 8, 1993, No. 240
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont
Written by: Naren Shankar
Story by: René Echevarria
Stardate: 46519.1

Troi awakens to find herself on a Romulan Warbird and looking like a Romulan. Turns out she's been con-scripted into a plot to smuggle high-ranking Romulan defectors to the Federation.

Cast:
N'Vek: Scott MacDonald.
Toreth: Carolyn Seymour.
DeSeve: Barry Lynch.
Alien Captain: Dennis Cockrum.
Pilot: Robertson Dean.
Ensign McKnight: Pamela Winslow.

Additional Note:
Another opportunity for a Starfleet officer, this time Troi, kidnapped for the second time, to go undercover as a Romulan, recalling Kirk's similar assignment in the classic series' "The Enterprise Incident". Marina Sirtis does an excellent job as the unwilling Troi, who has been surgically altered to become Maj. Rakal of the Tal Shiar (the Romulan intelligence) and who, when her cover is threatened, is forced to project command abilities or die. The episode provides an intriguing link to the covert diplomatic mission initiated by Am-bassador Spock in the fifth season's two-part "Unification".

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TAPESTRY

Week of Feb. 15, 1993, No. 241
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Stardate: Unknown

Picard, lying in limbo after being mor-tally wounded in an alien attack, is manipulated by Q (John de Lancie) into reliving a regrettable part of his life.

Cast:
Corey: Ned Vaughn.
Marta: J.C. Brandy.
Penny Muroc: Rendé Rae Norman.
Nausicaan No. 1: Clint Carmichael.
Maurice Picard: Clive Church.
Young Picard: Marcus Nash.
Computer Voice: Majel Barrett.

Additional Note:
In his seventh episode, Q tempts Picard with a chance to undo his life's mistakes, taking him back to the moment when, as a 22-year-old ensign, he was stabbed through the heart by a Nausicaan in a bar fight, But Picard's refusal to be goaded a second time into the fight that cost him his heart, replaced surgically by an artificial one, costs him his passion, courage, his friends and his captain's bars. Realizing that he would rather die a courageous man than play it safe, Picard asks Q for one more chance to put things back the way they were and quickly finds himself impaled once again on the Nausicaan's blade. For once, Picard -finds himself grateful to Q for showing him that the good and the bad of his past were essential to his growth. Picard is the fourth ST: TNG crew member to be resurrected from the dead.

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BIRTHRIGHT, PART I

Week of Feb. 22, 1993, No. 242
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Brannon Braga.
Stardate: 46578.4

While on a layover on Deep Space Nine, Worf learns that his father is still alive and being held prisoner by the Romulans, and Data has a vision of his father/creator, Dr. Noonian Soong. Part one of two.

Cast:
L'Kor: Richard Herd.
Dr. Bashir: Siddig El Fadil.
Shrek: James Cromwell.
Ba'el: Jennifer Gatti.
Gi'ral: Christine Rose.

Additional Note:
In the first ST: TNG episode with a direct link to DS9, Data learns to dream, and Worf learns to combat his prejudices, as each begins a journey to find their fathers and their posts. In Part 1, Data is the primary focus when, as the result of an accidental plasma shock, dream cir-cuits -, designed to be activated only when Data has reached a certain level of awareness kick in early. As the metaphorical bird of his dreams, Data is set free by his new knowledge, even as his Worf is captured and held, along with 73 Klingon prisoners, survivors of the raid on Khitomer and their descendants, inside an unsuspected Romulan prisoner--of-war camp. Also in this episode, Worf begins to sport a more warrior-like ponytail. Data's new-found ability to dream, which allows him to meet his father for the second time, would be explored fur-ther in the seventh season's "Phantasms".

Show Watch:
Siddig El Fadil, DS9's Dr. Bashir, has a brief guest appearance in an episode that marks the return of actor James Cromwell, who would be back in DS9's "Starship Down".

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BIRTHRIGHT, PART II

Week of March 1, 1993, No. 243
Directed by: Dan Curry
Written by: René Echevarria
Stardate: 46759.2 Conclusion.

Worf (Michael Dorn) suf-fers a fate worse than death for Klingons, he is captured and imprisoned in a Romulan camp. Adding to his disgust, he finds Klingon prisoners living in peaceful coexistence with their captors.

Cast:
Ba'el: Jennifer Gatti.
Giral: Cristine Rose.
L'Kor: Richard Herd.
Tokath: Alan Scarfe.
Shrek: James Cromwell.
Toq: Sterling Macer Jr.

Additional Note:
In Part 2, the focus shifts to Worf, who learns that his father did in fact die at Khitomer, but the survivors of that raid, whose existence the Klingon High Council refused to acknowledge, have lived ever since as docile, peaceful prisoners of the Romulans. Worf's shock turns to disgust as he realizes that the children of the once-mighty warriors know nothing of their heritage. While plotting his escape, Worf begins to train the offspring in the ways of a Klingon, teaching them the Mok'bara, -a meditation exercise that is at the basis of all Klingon fighting techniques, and telling them of Kahless, the greatest Klingon warrior. But even as he rouses the younger generation to challenge their fate and assert their freedom, Worf must also come to respect their parents' wish to remain as prisoners rather than return to the outside world, which would dishonor their families. Michael Dorn is superb as Worf struggles to come to terms with his father's past while leading the descendants of Khitomer to a free and more honorable future, swearing the young Klingons to secrecy over the camp's existence, in honor of their parents' sacrifice. And again, Picard will demonstrate his loyalty and respect for Worf in keeping that secret. Later this season, in "Rightful Heir", Worf will come face to face with the legendary Kahless.

Show Watch:
The first Klingon kiss between Worf and Ba'el.

Star Watch:
Alan Scarfe, previously seen in the fourth season's "Data's Day", returns as the Romulan prison camp com-mander, Tokath.

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STARSHIP MINE

Week of March 29,1993, No. 244
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Morgan Gendel
Stardate: 46682.4

The crew evacuates the Enterprise so it may be cleansed by a lethal baryon sweep, but Picard gets trapped aboard his ship and must face a group of terror-ists alone.

Cast:
Kelsey: Marie Marshall.
Hutchinson: David Spielberg.
Devor: Tim Russ.
Orton: Glenn Morshower.
Kiros: Patricia Tallman.
Neil: Tom Nibley.
Satler: Tim dezarn.
Waiter: Arlee Reed.
Pomet: Alan Altshuld.

Additional Note:
Another dynamic episode as Picard, returning to the Enterprise to fetch his riding gear, discovers the ship comman-deered by political terrorists out to steal trilithium resin for use as a weapon. Trapped alone with the terrorists as the deadly baryon sweep gets under way, Picard, who passes himself off as Mot, the ship's second-rate barber, works to booby trap their every escape route, leav-ing only Ten-Forward as the final battle-field. Unable to negotiate with Kelsey, the terrorists' leader, who has betrayed her comrades and is now stealing the resin for its commercial value, Picard plants a final snare by removing the resin's control rod, and watches sadly as Kelsey's escap-ing ship explodes as a result. Many humorous moments early in the episode as Data attempts to learn the art of small talk by imitating the extremely dull Cmdr. Hutchinson.

Show Watch:
Tim Russ, better known as the Vulcan Tuvok, the third ST: TNG actor to be cast in Star Trek: Voyager, has a brief stint as the terrorist Devor. Russ (who earlier lost out to LeVar Burton for the role of Geordi La Forge) also appears as a Klingon in DS9's "Invasive Procedures", and as crew member of the U.S.S. Enterprise-B in the feature film "Star Trek Generations".

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LESSONS

Week of April 5, 1993, No. 245
Directed by: Robert Wlemer
Written by: Ronald Wilkerson and Jean Louise Matthias
Stardate: 46693.1 Capt.

Picard is torn when he falls in love with a woman under his command (Wendy Hughes) and must send her on a potentially deadly mission.

Additional Note:
In an episode that provides a welcome change of pace and picks up the storyline started in the fifth season's "The Inner Light", Picard enters into a relationship with Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren, sharing with her his love of music, something he acquired on the planet Kataan as well as his life there as Kamin. When Picard is called upon to send his new love on a life threatening mission, the captain finds himself, for the first time, torn between his personal feelings and his duty, and sadly realizes that he cannot have one without risking the other.

Star Watch:
Australian actor Wendy Hughes (Homicide: Life on the Street) is memorable as Nella Daren.

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THE CHASE

Week of April 26, 1993, No. 246
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Written by: Joe Menosky
Story by: Joe Menosky and Ronald D. Moore
Stardate: 46731.5

When Picard's old archeology professor is killed, a four-billion-year old genetic puz-zle is discovered and the crew finds itself racing against the Cardassians, Klingons and Romulans to solve it.

Cast:
Humanoid: Salome Jens.
Capt. Nu'Daq: John Cothran Jr.
Gul Ocett: Linda Thorson.
Romulan Captain: Maurice Roeves.
Prof. Galen: Norman Lloyd.

Additional Note:
Jonathan Frakes' sixth episode as director. A science-driven, action-packed episode reunites Picard with Galen (Norman Lloyd, known as Dr. Auschlander on St. Elsewhere), his old archeology professor, and pits the Enterprise against the Cardassians, Klingons and Romulans in a chase to uncover Galen's monumental discovery, the nature of which adds credence to the notion first raised in the classic episode "The Paradise Syndrome" that the ga-laxy was genetically seeded by the same originating species.

Star Watch:
Linda Thorson (who, in the late 1960's, played Tara King on The Avengers) appears as the first female Cardassian, Gul Ocett.

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FRAME OF MIND

Week of May 3,1993, No. 247
Directed by: James L. Conway
Written by: Brannon Braga
Stardate: 46778.1

Riker (Jonathan Frakes) struggles to maintain his sanity as his perception of reality shifts between a play he is per-forming on the Enterprise and an alien mental asylum where it seems he is a patient.

Dr. Syrus: David Selburg.
Mavek: Gary Werntz.
Administrator: Andrew Prine.
Inmate: Susanna Thompson.

Additional Note:
A tour-de-force performance by Jonathan Frakes when, on a covert mis-sion, Riker is captured and subjected to neural torture.

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SUSPICIONS

Week of May 10, 1993, No. 248
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Joe Menosky and Naren Shankar
Stardate: 46830.1
Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) risks her life and career in order to clear the name of a murdered Ferengi scientist whose controversial invention might allow starships to enter a sun's corona.

Cast:
Dr. Kurak: Tricia O'Neil.
Dr. Jo'Bril: James Horan.
Dr. T'Pan: Joan Stuart Morris.
Dr. Reyga: Peter Slutsker.
Dr. Christopher: John S. Ragin.
Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Guinan: Whoopi Goldberg.

Additional Note:
Gates McFadden is marvelous when Dr. Crusher, under threat of court-martial, performs an illegal autopsy, relying on her judgment and stubborn determination to prove her suspicions of murder. The use of a shield strong enough to prevent the Enterprise from melting inside a star would resurface in the sev-enth season's "Descent, Part II". Whoopi Goldberg also returns as Guinan, in only her third appearance this season.

Show Watch:
Tricia O'Neil, who played Capt. Rachel Garrett in the third season's "Yesterday's Enterprise", plays the Kling-on scientist Kurak.

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RIGHTFUL HEIR

Week of May 17,1993, No. 249
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Story by: James Brooks
Stardate: 46852.2

Worf visits the planet Boreth on a spiritual quest to summon a vision of Klingon's greatest warrior, Kahless. He finds his faith tested, however, when the real Kahless returns from the dead to lead the Empire.

Cast:
Koroth: Alan Oppenheimer.
Gowron: Robert O'Reilly.
Torin: Norman Snow.
Divok: Charles Esten.
Kahless: Kevin Conway.

Additional Note:
Another powerful episode centering on Worf's quest to explore his Klingon spiri-tuality, a theme first broached in the two -part "Birthright". Worf 's faith is tested when he doubts, then believes, then doubts again that Kahless, the legendary Klingon warrior and true leader of the Klingon Empire, has actually returned. Discovering that this Kah-less is in fact a clone of the original, Worf finally appreciates that it's the belief in the teachings of Kahless that really matters, rather than in Kahless himself. Resolved to avert a new civil war, Worf forces Gowron to accept Kahless as spiritual leader and fig-urehead emperor, while leaving the secular power in the hands of Gowron and the High Council. Kahless, whose story was told in "Birthright, Part II", was first seen in the classic Star Trek episode "The Savage Curtain" and would later return in Deep Space Nine's "The Sword of Kahless".

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SECOND CHANCES

Week of May 24, 1993, No. 250
Directed by: LeVar Burton
Written by: René Echevarria
Story by: Michael A. Medlock
Stardate: 46915.2

Riker (Jonathan Frakes) returns to a mis-sion site from which he barely escaped eight years earlier to discover that a transporter accident had created an exact duplicate of himself, and the alternate Riker is still in love with Troi.

Cast:
Ensign Palmer: Dr. Mae Jemison.

Additional Note:
In LeVar Burton's first episode as director, Jonathan Frakes does double duty as the Riker who serves aboard the Enterprise and the Will Thomas Riker who served eight years earlier on the U.S.S. Potemkin. The second Riker, cre-ated by a pair of transporter beams used to break through Nervala IV's distortion field, is as real as the first, but different in nature, and still in love with Deanna. For the second time, a Will Riker propos-es to Deanna, but this time Troi turns him down realizing that this Riker, like the first, will renege on his promise. A neat twist to the Riker-Troi romance, as Thomas Riker, still a lieutenant, leaves to take up his new posting aboard the U.S.S. Gandhi. Thomas Riker would return in DS9's "Defiant".

Star Watch:
Dr. Mae Jemison the first female African-American astronaut in space, has a cameo as Ensign Palmer. Jemison was inspired at an early age by original-series actor Nichelle Nichols.

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TIMESCAPE

Week of June 14, 1993, No. 251
Directed by: Adam Nimoy
Written by: Brannon Braga
Stardate: 46944.2

Picard, Troi, Data and Geordi are faced with a baffling mystery when they return from a Federation conference to find the U.S.S. Enterprise frozen in time, along with a Romulan Warbird which is firing a disrupter beam at the starship.

Cast:
Romulan/Alien: Michael Bofshever.

Additional Note:
A second episode directed by Adam Nimoy, son of Leonard, with a suspense-ful, clever plot that has Picard and asso-ciates seeking to control the space-time continuum by first moving time backward and then forward to save the Enterprise from a deadly engine core breach.

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DESCENT, PART I

Week of June 21, 1993, No. 252
Directed by: Alexander Singer
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Story by: Jeri Taylor
Stardate: 46982.1

The Borg returns with a new sense of individuality, and Data (Brent Spiner) is mystified when he experiences pleasure after killing one of them, furthering his quest to understand human emotions. Part one of two.

Cast:
Professor Stephen Hawking: Himself
Sir Isaac Newton: John Neville.
Albert Einstein: Jim Norton.
Crosis: Brian J. Cousins.
Admiral Nechayev: Natalija Nogulich.

Additional Note:
The second season-ender to feature the Borg. Capt. Picard must face the consequences of his earlier decision to return Hugh to the collective ("I, Borg"). A startling shift toward "indi-vidual" personalities seems to have occurred and, in an even more surprising development, Data kills out of anger, a feeling, like all other emotions, -thought impossible for his android cir-cuitry. Taunted by a Borg prisoner, Data confirms the pleasure he felt in killing and admits that he would kill even Geordi if it meant he could experience that feeling once again. With that, Data frees the Borg, and together they head for a planet that may have fallen to the collective. In pursuit, Picard leads an Away Team to the planet and straight into a Borg ambush led not by Hugh, as Picard had feared, but by Lore, Data's evil twin brother. There he is joined by Data, who chillingly promises that "The sons of Soong have joined together, and together, we will destroy the Federation." On that gut-twisting line, the season comes to an end.

Star Watch:
The opening scene features world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking as himself, as the fourth in a holodeck-created poker game with Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Data. John Neville ("The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and "Baby's Day Out") plays Sir Isaac Newton.

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** SEVENTH SEASON **

As the seventh season began, family re-emerged as Star Trek: The Next Generation's dominant theme, with several earlier (fourth season) storylines brought full circle. The focus on father-child relationships in earlier episodes would switch in the seventh season as crew members, particularly Geordi, Data and Deanna, sought to define their relationships with their mothers. On the romantic front, two simmering relationships, Picard and Crusher, Troi and Worf, were at last reignited. The year would also be marked by a number of clever science-driven episodes, one of them ("Genesis") allowing Gates McFadden to make her directorial debut. But all good things must come to an end, as the title of the final TV episode would underscore. When Paramount confirmed in early November that the seventh season would be the last, the series, that was always about so much more than phasers and warp speed -began to tie up loose ends. And while setting the stage for the fourth TV series -Star Trek: Voyager, ST: TNG finished its run in the same position in which it had begun: the No. 1 hourlong drama in syndication.

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DESCENT, PART II
Week of Sept. 20, 1993, No. 253
Directed by: Alexander Singer
Written by: René Echevarria
Stardate: 47025.4

Conclusion. After deserting the U.S.S. Enterprise-D to join his brother, Lore, at the helm of a Borg ship, Data captures Capt. Picard, Deanna Troi and Geordi La Forge and holds them prisoner, enjoying the evil emotions fed to him by his brother.

Cast:
Hugh: Jonathan Del Arco.
Taitt: Alex Datcher.
Barnaby: James Horan.
Crosis: Brian J. Cousins.

Additional Note:
With Lore in control of both Data and the Borg, the sons of Soong begin to make good their threat, as the Enterprise, under Dr. Crusher's command, makes its escape. Back on the planet, Data, who has learned to feel anger and hate, sub-jects Geordi to dangerous neurological experiments at Lore's urging. Realizing that Lore has dismantled Data's ethical program, Geordi, Picard and Troi strug-gle to reactivate it by means of a crudely rigged kedion pulse. As the tension mounts, the action shifts to Riker and Worf, who are captured by a second group of Borg, led by the now-bitter Hugh. Meanwhile, using only the ship's metaphasic shields for protection, Beverly orders the Enterprise to fly directly into the sun's corona as the crew devises a dangerous plan to destroy the Borg ship by creating a solarfusion eruption. With Geordi's kedion pulse beginning to take effect, Lore orders his brother to prove his loyalty by killing Picard. Data refuses, and just as Lore turns to kill his twin, Hugh, who has led Riker and Worf to the Borg compound out of friendship for Geordi, steps forward to knock the weapon from Lore's hand. As the Borg's sixth and final ST: TNG episode con-cludes, Data is forced to fire on the escap-ing Lore, whom he then deactivates, while Hugh becomes the Borg group's new leader. Watch for terrific special effects as the Enterprise blows the Borg ship away with a refractive shot into the sun.

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LIAISONS

Week of Sept. 27, 1993, No. 254
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Jeanne Carrigan Fauci and Lisa Rich
Story by: Roger Eschbacher and Jaq Greenspon
Stardate: Unknown

During a cultural exchange program, two Lyaaran ambassadors visit the Enterprise while Picard journeys to Iyar. Picard's shuttlecraft crashes on an un-known planet and he is rescued by a woman (Barbara Williams) who crashed there several years earlier.

Cast:
Voval: Eric Plerpoint.
Loquel: Paul Eiding.
Byleth: Michael Harris

Additional Note:
Worf learns a valuable lesson in dip-lomacy, and Capt. Picard teaches the notion of love to Anna, the apparent sole survivor of a Terellian cargo freighter crash seven years earlier, though she is not what she appears.

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INTERFACE

Week of Oct. 4, 1993, No. 255
Directed by: Robert Wlemer
Written by: Joe Menosky
Stardate: 47215.5

Geordi La Forge learns that his mother (Madge Sinclair) has been reported missing, but believes that he could find her using an experimental interfacing probe, and defies Picard's direct orders by attempting to save her.

Cast:
Admiral Holt: Warren Munson.
Dr. La Forge: Ben Vereen.

Additional Note:
LeVar Burton shines in this episode as Geordi risks his life and career defying both his father and his captain in a des-perate search for his mother, Capt. Silva La Forge, whose ship, the U.S.S. Hera, has disappeared without a trace. Using an interface unit, a type of virtual reali-ty device, Geordi appears to find his mother aboard the U.S.S. Raman, a science vessel trapped inside the turbulent atmosphere of an unusually gaseous plan-et. Though shocked to discover an alien masquerading as Silva La Forge, Geordi makes a courageous decision to risk his life to save the life forms who will die if not returned to the planet's lower atmos-phere. Geordi is revived from his life--threatening interface to face an angry Picard, and the episode concludes as Geordi realizes that his experience with his "alien" mother actually helped him say goodbye.

Star Watch:
At the urging of LeVar Burton, Star Trek fan Ben Vereen took a brief sabbatical from his then Broadway show to tape a guest stint as Geordi's father.

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GAMBIT, PART I

Week of Oct. 11, 1993, No. 256
Directed by: Peter Lauritson
Written by: Naren Shankar
Story by: Christopher Hatton and Naren Shankar
Stardate: 47135.2

After he's kidnapped, Riker (Jonathan Frakes) is shocked to find the missing-and-presumed-dead Picard (Patrick Stewart) among the crew of a mercenary ship which has been looting archeologi-cal sites. Part 1 of two.

Cast:
Baran: Richard Lynch.
Tallera: Robin Curtis.
Vekor: Caltlin Brown.
Narik: Cameron Thor.
Yranac: Alan Altshuld.
Admiral Chekote: Bruce Gray.

Additional Note:
In this quick-paced two-part adven-ture, Picard's interest in archeology leads to his fifth abduction, this time by mercenaries searching for a number of mysteri-ous and highly dangerous artifacts.

Show Watch:
Robin Curtis, who earlier appeared as Lieut. Saavik in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home", turns up in this episode as the Romulan Tallera.

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GAMBIT, PART II

Week of Oct. 18, 1993, No. 257
Directed by: Alexander Singer
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Story by: Naren Shankar
Stardate: 47160.1

Conclusion. Picard and Riker become an integral part of the mercenary crew, and secretly work to undermine Baran's leadership while trying to determine the real reason behind the archeological looting.

Cast:
Baran: Richard Lynch.
Tallera: Robin Curtis.
Vekor: Caitlin Brown.
Narik: Cameron Thor.
Koral: James Worthy.
Ensign Giusti: Sabrina LeBeauf.

Additional Note:
Intrigue and conspiracy abound as the search for the final artifact, believed to be Romulan, leads the mercenaries to ren-dezvous with a Klingon transport ship, resulting in a frantic pursuit back to the Enterprise. The chase becomes a race to the finish to prevent disaster when the arti-facts turn out to be Vulcan, fragments of the mythical Stone of Gol, a psionic res-onator that, when reassembled, has the power to eliminate the entire Vulcan coun-cil in a single thought.

Show Watch:
Keep an eye out for L.A. Laker James Worthy as Koral, who, at 6-foot-9-inches, is undoubtedly the tallest Klingon roaming the galaxy.

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PHANTASMS

Week of Oct. 25, 1993, No. 258
Directed by: Patrick Stewart
Written by: Brannon Braga
Stardate: 47225.7

Data (Brent Spiner) tests his new dream program and is subsequently plagued by bizarre nightmares which dangerously affect his behavior and endanger his fel-low crew, but provide clues to other strange events on board the Starship Enterprise.

Cast:
Ensign Tyler: Gina Ravarra.
Sigmund Freud: Bernard Kates.
Admiral Nakamura: Clyde Kusatsu.
Workman: David L. Crowley.

Additional Note:
Patrick Stewart's fourth episode as director. As Data pursues the dream state he experienced in "Birthright, Part 1" symbolic metaphors replace reality when the android can't stop dreaming about violent images. Watch for great special effects in Data's dream sequences as Deanna's shoulder gets sliced up like a piece of cake and the android reaches into his own stomach to answer a ringing phone.

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DARK PAGE

Week of Nov. 1, 1993, No. 259
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Hilary J. Bader
Stardate: 47254.1

Lwaxana Troi (Majel Barrett) collapses and Counselor Deanna Troi is forced to explore the darkest regions of her moth-er's psyche to determine what is killing her.

Cast:
Maques: Norman Large.
Hedril: Kirsten Dunst.
Ian Andrew Troi: Amick Byram.
Kestra Troi: Andreana Weiner.

Additional Note:
In her sixth appearance, Majel Barrett delivers an intensely dramatic perfor-mance as Lwaxana Troi, who, suffering from repressed memory syndrome, collaps-es into a coma. Aided by Maques, one of the telepathic Cairn, Deanna enters her mother's mind and is confront-ed by a series of barriers sent by Lwaxana to prevent her daughter from going any fur-ther, including the image of her dead father, who pleads with her to stay with him but whose urging Deanna tearfully resists. On a second penetra-tion into her mother's mind, Troi is shocked to encounter Kestra the sister she never knew she had, whose acciden-tal drowning at age 7 has been a repressed memory for Lwaxana. One of ST: TNG's saddest episodes, as Deanna must fight to save her mother's life.

Star Watch:
Kirsten Dunst ("Little Women" & "Interview with a Vampire"), with Majel Barrett, turns up here as Hedril, a Cairn girl.

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ATTACHED

Week of Nov. 8,1993, No. 260
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Written by: Nicholas Sagan
Stardate: 47304.2

While on a diplomatic mission, Picard and Dr. Beverly Crusher are forced to share their true feelings for each other when they are imprisoned and linked together with a telepathic shackling device.

Cast:
Mauric: Robin Gammell.
Lorin: Lenore Kasdorf

Additional Note:
The seventh episode directed by Jonathan Frakes. Forced together by a telepathic link, Picard and Crusher final-ly explore the long-simmering attraction between them. After the captain explains that his love for Beverly was the real rea-son he did not want her assigned to the Enterprise seven years earlier, Picard suggests they pursue their relationship. This time, it's Beverly's turn to admit she's not ready yet. The episode was writ-ten by Nicholas Sagan, son of renowned physicist Carl Sagan.

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FORCE OF NATURE

Week of Nov. 15, 1993, No. 261
Directed by: Robert Lederman
Written by: Naren Shankar
Stardate: 47310.2

The Enterprise encounters a couple of unlikely terrorists, a brother and sister, -who have been disabling starships in order to draw attention to their claim that warp travel is destroying their region of space.

Cast:
Dr. Rabal: Michael Corbett.
Dr. Serova: Margaret Reed.
DaiMon Prak: Lee Arenberg.

Additional Note:
An insightful storyline on the potential of advanced technologies to damage the environment. Picard and Geordi gradual-ly realize that by exploring the universe they love, they may have inadvertently been contributing to its destruction. Issuing a new directive, the Federation Council agrees to limit all Federation ves-sels to a speed of warp 5, except in emergency situations.

Show Watch:
Lee Arenberg would return as Ferengi DaiMon Bok later in the seventh season.

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INHERITANCE

Week of Nov. 22, 1993, No. 262
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Written by: Dan Koeppel and René Echevarria
Story by: Dan Koeppel
Stardate: 47410.2

Data is troubled when he meets a bril-liant scientist (Flonnula Flanagan) who claims to be Noonian Soong's ex-wife, and therefore Data's mother.

Cast:
Pran: William Lithgow.

Additional Note:
In the third episode this season to deal with the mother of a crew member, Data gets to complete his family circle with the appearance of Juliana Tainer, remarried since her divorce from Data's father/cre-ator, Noonian Soong. Data learns he was deactivated and intentionally left behind on Omicron Theta because Juliana feared he would become evil like Lore which prompts him to wonder whether Juliana would have abandoned him had he been her biological child. But when he discov-ers that Juliana is also an android, created after the Crystalline Entity killed the real Juliana, Data learns a lesson in compassion as the pleading image of Dr. Soong begs him not to tell Juliana the truth about her android self.

Show Watch:
Actor Fionnula Flanagan would return in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Dax".

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PARALLELS

Week of Nov. 29, 1993, No. 263
Directed by: Robert Wiemer
Written by: Brannon Braga
Stardate: 47391.2

Worf (Michael Dorn) returns from a Klingon warrior competition to find himself shifting into multiple realities -including a marriage to Troi.

Cast:
Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Gul Nador: Mark Bramhall.
Wesley: Wil Wheaton.

Additional Note:
Wil Wheaton's third guest appearance since leaving the regular cast in the fourth season. This clever episode brings back the parallel universe theme, this time with Worf as the very confused protagonist, who, while he unknowingly jumps from one universe into the next, hears Troi tell him that she's his wife and the mother of his two children. The episode features ter-rific special effects as Worf, attempting to return to his rightful universe by flying his shuttlecraft through a time rift in space, encounters dozens of other Worf's doing the same thing, and thousands of Enterprises.

Most Unsettling Scene:
A desperate Riker begs not to be sent back to his universe, which has been overtaken by the Borg, and decides instead to destroy his ship.

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THE PEGASUS

Week of Jan. 10, 1994, No. 264
Directed by: LeVar Burton
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Stardate: 47457.1

Cmdr. Riker is torn when his former captain (Terry O'Quinn), now an admi-ral, orders him not to tell Picard the true nature of a dangerous mission to salvage their old ship, a mission which could destroy the Federation's treaty with the Romulans.

Cast:
Admiral Blackwell: Nancy Vawter.

Additional Note:
A high-tension episode, LeVar Burton's second as director. Jonathan Frakes gives another terrific performance as Riker is torn between his loyalty to his first captain, now Admiral Pressman (Terry O'Quinn), and Picard. Twelve years earlier, the U.S.S. Pegasus, Riker's first assignment after leaving Starfleet Academy, was lost with most of its crew, the result of Pressman's deploy-ment of an experimental device. When that turns out to be a prototype for a cloaking device that allows ships to travel through solid rock, a technology banned by a Federation treaty, Picard learns from Riker that its use aboard the Pegasus led to mutiny by the crew and disaster for the ship.

Best Scene:
Having been sealed into an asteroid by the Romulans, who are also searching for the prototype, the Enter-prise uses the banned device to phase through the asteroid and escape, much to the surprise of the Romulan Warbird wait-ing on the other side.

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HOMEWARD

Week of Jan. 17, 1994, No. 265
Directed by: Alexander Singer
Written by: Naren Shankar
Story by: Spike Steingasser
Stardate: 47423.9

Worf clashes with his adoptive brother, Nikolai Rozhenko (Paul Sorvino), who violates the Prime Directive by rescuing a primitive alien society whose planet is on the verge of dying.

Cast:
Dobara: Penny Johnson.
Vorin: Brian Markinson.
Kateras: Edward Penn.

Additional Note:
Another fine episode focusing on the Prime Directive as the Enterprise res-ponds to a distress call from Nikolal Rozhenko (Paul Sorvino, in a terrific guest appearance), Worf's adopted human brother and a cultural observer on Boraal II. The episode provides an interesting commentary on loyalty to one's family as Worf discovers that Nikolai is not only trying to save the Boraalan people but also the Boraalan mother of his unborn child.

Show Watch:
Michael Dom appears in this episode without his Klingon make-up as Worf is disguised as a Boraalan.

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SUB ROSA

Week of Jan. 31, 1994, No. 266
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Written by: Brannon Braga
Story by: Jeri Taylor
Stardate: Unknown

After attending her grandmother's funer-al, Dr. Crusher is seduced by a ghost (Duncan Regehr) who has romanced the women of her family for hundreds of years.

Cast:
Maturin: Michael Keenan.
Ned Quint: Shay Duffin.

Additional Note:
This haunting story, Jonathan Frakes' eighth episode as director, explores Beverly's background and family history as she travels to Caldos IV to attend the funeral of her maternal grandmother, Felisa Howard. There she finds love and passion with Ronin, an apparent ghost who's loved the women in Beverly's family for more than 800 years. But as Crusher resigns her Enterprise post, she discovers that Ronin is, in fact, an anaphasic life form that has been using the women in her family to stay alive. Gates McFadden delivers a splendid portrayal of a woman in the agonizing position of having to kill her lover when she realizes he means to kill her crewmates.

Star Watch:
Duncan Regehr would return as the Bajoran leader Shakaar in DS9's third-season episode "Shakaar", then reprise the role in DS9's fourth-season episode "Crossfire".

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LOWER DECKS

Week of Feb. 7, 1994, No. 267
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont
Written by: René Echevarria
Story by: Ronald Wilkerson and Jean Louise Matthias
Stardate: 47566.7

Four young officers, one of whom was involved in a Starfleet Academy cover-up three years earlier, are struggling to prove themselves during an evaluation process when they suddenly find themselves involved in a top-secret and extremely dangerous mission.

Cast:
Sam Lavelle: Dan Gauthier.
Sito Jaxa: Shannon Fill.
Taurik: Alexander En-berg.
Ben: Bruce Beatty.
Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Joret: Don Reilly.

Additional Note:
An intriguing episode that offers a snapshot of what life as a young officer must have been like for Picard or Riker. And Worf must deal with the death of Sito, the young officer he had recently taken under his wing, and who had been involved in the cadet coverup of Wesley Crusher's Starfleet Academy flight team in the fifth season's "The First Duty".

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THINE OWN SELF

Week of Feb. 14, 1994, No. 268
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Story by: Christopher Halton
Stardate: 47611.2

Suffering from amnesia, Data finds himself stranded on a primitive planet where the inhabitants identify him as the source of a strange plague. Meanwhile, back on the Enterprise, Counselor Deanna Troi takes the Bridge Officer's test.

Cast:
Talur: Ronnie Claire Edwards.
Garvin: Michael Rothhaar.
Gia: Kimberly Cullum.
Skoran: Michael G. Hagerty.

Additional Note:
Data learns the meaning of friendship, as well as its power to overcome ignorance and fear, when, in a state of amnesia, he is befriended by a young girl and her father over the objections and threats of the other villagers. Data risks his life to save them all from the radiation poisoning he inadvertently caused. It's an emotional episode for cast and audience alike. Meanwhile, Deanna Troi faces her own test of strength when, to pass the bridge officers' test, she must knowingly send a crew member to his death.

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MASKS

Week of Feb. 21, 1994, No. 269
Directed by: Robert Wiemer
Written by: Joe Menosky
Stardate: 47615.2

When an alien archive is discovered, Data becomes possessed by several different personalities while the Starship Enterprise is transformed into an ancient temple.

Additional Note:
In another extraordinary performance, Brent Spiner plays all of the alien personalities discovered in the ancient archives as Data develops the android equivalent of multiple-personality syndrome.

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EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

Week of Feb. 28, 1994, No. 270
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: René Echevarria
Story by: Brannon Braga
Stardate: 47622.1

Troi and Worf (Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn) find themselves becoming romantically involved while investigating the mysterious suicide of a crew member.

Cast:
Lieut. Walter Pierce: Mark Rolston.
Lieut. Nara: Nancy Harewood.
Lieut. Kwan: Tim Lounibos.
Ensign Calloway: Johanna McCloy.

Additional Note:
High drama: suicide, then murder and back to suicide. Troi and Worf conduct an investigation into events that transpired eight years earlier during the construction of the Enterprise at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, in orbit around the planet Mars. The episode allows Troi to explore her attraction to Worf that began in the fifth season's "New Ground".

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GENESIS

Week of March 21, 1994, No. 271
Directed by: Gates McFadden
Written by: Brannon Braga
Stardate: 47653.2

Picard and Data (Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner) return to the Enterprise after a routine mission, only to find the ship drifting in space while the crew seems to be de-evolving, Worf into a primal beast, Troi into a reptile and Riker into a primitive man.

Cast:
Ogawa: Patti Yasutake.
Barclay: Dwight Schultz.

Additional Note:
Gates McFadden's directorial debut marks Dwight Schultzs fifth guest appearance as Lieut. Barclay. And if ever there were an episode to make Trekkers wonder how Starfleet's finest could possibly get out of this one, this is it. Make-up is used to great effect to turn Deanna into an amphibian, Riker into a prehistoric man, Worf into an early Klingon and Barclay into a half-man, half-spider. As Data races to find a cure to the virus that is causing the crew to de-evolve, Picard, absent from the Enterprise when the virus first took hold, begins to feel unfamiliar pangs of fear and panic as he, too, starts to de-evolve, leading to an extraordinary scene as the captain is chased through the bowels of the Enterprise by a venom-spitting Worf. Fast action, eerie effects and a rather neat conclusion (thanks to a clue left by Spot, Data's pregnant cat) as the virus is traced back to a synthetic T-cell given to hypochondriac Barclay, for whom the disease, Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome is then named.

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JOURNEY'S END

Week of March 28, 1994, No. 272
Directed by: Corey Allen
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Premise by: Shawn Piller and Antonio Napoli
Stardate: 47751.2

After the Cardassians and the Federation reach a settlement, Picard is ordered to remove a colony of Native Americans from an annexed planet using any means necessary, but Wesley (Wil Wheaton) urges the natives to resist efforts to displace them.

Cast:
Lakanta: Tom Jackson.
Admiral Necheyev: Natalija Nogulich.
Anthwarta: Ned Romero.
Wakasa: George Aguilar.
Gul Evek: Richard Poe.
Traveler: Eric Menyuk.
Lieut. Jack Crusher: Jack Wert.

Additional Note:
Wil Wheaton returns in his fourth guest appearance as Wesley, unhappy at the Academy, stumbles onto his true destiny, as revealed by the Traveler. Meanwhile, Picard is challenged to reverse a stain of blood worn by his family for 23 generations. Watch for return appearances by Eric Menyuk as the Traveler and Doug Wert as Jack Crusher. A Native American character, Cmdr. Chakotay (Robert Beltran), would be reintroduced with the debut of Star Trek: Voyager in January 1995.

Star Watch:
Tom Jackson (Billy Two-feathers in the PBS children's show Shining Time Station) is terrifzc as Lakanta.

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FIRSTBORN

Week of April 25, 1994, No. 273
Directed by: Jonathan West
Written by: Christopher Halton and Ronald D. Moore
Story by: Mark Kalbfeld
Stardate: 47779.4

The time comes for Alexander (Brian Bonsall) to undergo his First Rite of Ascension, but his lack of interest in the Klingon warrior heritage troubles Worf (Michael Dorn).

Cast:
Lursa: Barbara March.
B'Etor: Gwynyth Walsh.
Molor: John Kenton Shull.
K'Mtar: James Sloyan.
Quark: Armin Shimerman.

Additional Note:
Worf's family storyline continues. Armin Shimerman makes a brief appearance as Quark, his third and best-known Ferengi role, as the Enterprise contacts Deep Space Nine.

Show Watch:
James Sloyan (who played Romulan Admiral Jarok in the third season's "The Defector") shows up here as the Klingon K'Mtar, who turns out to be none other than a grown-up Alexander, traveling from the future to save his father, Worf, from murder. Also, listen for mention of the compound magnesite, the substance used by Capt. Kirk to generate light in the classic series' episode "Friday's Child".

Federation Factoid:
We learn that Lursa is pregnant, but never discover if she gives birth prior to her demise in "Star Trek: Generations".

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BLOODLINES

Week of May 2, 1994, No. 274
Directed by: Les Landau
Written by: Nicholas Sagan
Stardate: 47829.1

Picard sets the Enterprise on a course for Camor Five to save his recently discovered son (Ken Olandt) from DaiMon Bok, a renegade Ferengi with an old grievance against Picard.

Cast:
Birta: Peter Slutsker.
DaiMon Bok: Lee Arenberg.

Additional Note:
Tampering with evidence as he did in the first season's "The Battle", DaiMon Bok returns to exact vengeance on Picard for the death of Bok's son years earlier at the Battle of Maxia. Bok's plans go awry when, having resequenced Jason Vigo's DNA to match Picard's, his duplicity is discovered and (for the second time) his Ferengi shipmates turn against him.

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EMERGENCE

Week of May 9,1994, No. 275
Directed by: Cliff Bole
Written by: Joe Menosky
Story by: Brannon Braga
Stardate: 47869.2

A string of unexplained malfunctions in the Enterprise's systems leads the crew to believe the ship may be developing its own intelligence, and creating a new life form at the same time.

Cast:
Conductor: David Huddleston.
Hitman: Vinny Argiro.
Engineer: Thomas Kopache.
Hayseed: Arlee Reed.

Additional Note:
The holodeck is put to clever use in an imaginative episode in which the U.S.S. Enterprise gives birth to a new life form.

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PREEMPTIVE STRIKE

Week of May 16,1994, No. 276
Directed by: Patrick Stewart
Written by: René Echevarria
Story by: Naren Shankar
Stardate: 47941.7

Ro Laren (Michelle Forbes) poses as a Starfleet deserter to infiltrate and trap the vigilante group known as the Maquis, but finds her orders difficult to carry out as she becomes increasingly sympathetic to the group's cause.

Cast:
Gul Evek: Richard Poe.
Kalita: Shannon Cochran.
Macias: John Franklin Robbins.
Santos: William Thomas Jr.

Additional Note:
Fifth episode directed by Patrick Stewart. Michelle Forbes makes her eighth appearance as Ro Laren, who returns to the Enterprise after completing Starfleet's Advanced Tactical Training, only to be assigned to join the Maquis as an undercover operative. But as the Bajoran begins to sympathize with the vigilantes' cause, Ro Laren is forced to choose between them and her loyalty to Picard and the Federation. The Maquis, introduced earlier this season in the two-part DS9 episode of the same name, would return to play a prominent role in Star Trek: Voyager.

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ALL GOOD THINGS...

Week of May 23, 1994, No. 277
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Written by: Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore
Stardate: 47988.0

Picard's archnemesis Q (John de Lancie) returns to put the captain on trial for the crimes of mankind.

Cast:
Tasha Yar: Denise Crosby
O'Brien: Colm Meaney.

Additional Note:
In the two-hour series finale, Q, in his eighth ST: TNG appearance, is back where he started, putting Picard on trial, as he did seven years earlier, and taking the captain on a quantum leap through the past, present and 25 years into the future, where Picard, having married and divorced Dr. Crusher, is now a retired farmer living on his family's vineyard in France; Data has become a professor at Cambridge; Worf is a highranking member of the Klingon council; and Riker and Crusher both captain their own starships. Familiar faces (including those of Denise Crosby and Colm Meaney reprising their early ST: TNG roles) add an element of history to this high-tension episode that brings closure to the Enterprise-D's very first encounter. A Hugo Award winner for Best Dramatic Presentation, the finale repeats as two one-hour segments (numbers 277 and 278).

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