Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 6

Booby Trap (28 Oct. 1989)

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The Enterprise picks up ancient radio signal code from the ruined planet Aurelius 9, remnant of the total war over 1,000 years ago between Mentaurs and Promelians which caused both races' ... See full summary »



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The Enterprise picks up ancient radio signal code from the ruined planet Aurelius 9, remnant of the total war over 1,000 years ago between Mentaurs and Promelians which caused both races' extinction. They find a Promelian battle-cruiser still floats in an asteroid field, so Picard, Data and Lieutenant Worf beam inside, finding a message from the captain he alone takes blame for all casualties. Barely back on board, they learn the Enterprise is immobilized by an energy-draining radiation field, the very booby trap that killed the Promelian ship's crew, which will within hours destroy the deflector shields, after which casualties will be massive. While running urgent simulations of the Enterprise's engine abilities on the holodeck, Lieutenant Commander Geordi LaForge, who recently saw his meticulously prepared dream-date fall trough, finds himself unusually taken with a holographic simulacrum of the Dr. Leah Brahms, the Enterprise's engine designer. Data restores other bits from the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Geordi states that the Enterprise has tens of thousands of light-years on it. Distance traveled has little meaning for ships and aircraft as wind and currents can greatly affect how far they go in a given time. It is therefore more accurate to use time units (usually hours) for a measure of how long the ship has operated. This would be especially true of a star ship that warps space to move "faster" than light. See more »


Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: [to holographic Leah Brahms] Don't go away. I mean, er... computer, save program.
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References Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer (1968) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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This episode reflects the true Star Trek
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When the Enterprise hears an old distress signal they happen to come up on an 1000 year old Promelian ship that was involved in a war with the Menthars so many years ago. It seems that over one thousand years ago the ship sent out the distress signal, due to some reason, being unable to get out of an asteroids belt so the crew perished.

Now the crew of the Enterprise goes to investigate the ship but after returning to the Enterprise they find out that they are losing power and radiation will flood the ship if the shields do not hold up to the decrease in power. It seems that Enterprise is in the same bobby trap that the Promelian ship was in many years ago.

Geordi will have to find a way, with help from records of Doctor Leah Brahms hologram files, to save the Enterprise from a certain disaster. This will prove to be an interesting trip to the holodeck where we learn more about Geordi than we have learned so far in the series. We also get to see an usual excited Picard, early in the show, when he gets to head an away team to the stranded Promelian ship. An entertaining episode that is exactly what we expect when we watch the series. Great watch.

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