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Booby Trap 

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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This takes place in 2366. See more »

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After escaping the booby trap, Picard orders the Promelian cruiser to be destroyed so that no other ship would be drawn in. This seems out of character for Picard, who is an amateur archaeologist, especially since he was prepared to have a Federation team come to inspect it. He could, instead, have set warning buoys to ward off other vessels. The Promelian ship could have been retrieved with a tractor beam, or even a grappling line (as seen in ST: Enterprise). See more »

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[Data and Wesley are playing chess in Ten Forward when La Forge enters, rather downcast]
Wesley Crusher: Uh oh...
Lt. Commander Data: I beg your pardon, Wesley?
Wesley Crusher: Geordi had that big date with Christy tonight. He spent days putting together the perfect program. Looks like it ended kinda early.
Lt. Commander Data: Uh oh...
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References Patton (1970) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Good but once again stuck almost completely on the ship.
16 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

survivors of Orelius IX? LaForge a bit pathetic

The Enterprise has arrived in the proximity of Orelius IX--the location of an Armageddon-like battle in space a thousand years ago. Both sides destroyed the other and little is left except an exploded planet--a vast monument to the stupidity of war. While in this region, the ship begins receiving distress signals from a long-dead ship. Naturally, the Captain is curious and an away team investigates. However, once near this ship, they realize that they, too, are in trouble. The same devices that caused this ancient ship to become stuck in space are now holding the Enterprise firm. Additionally, something in space is now causing a HUGE drain on the ship's energy as well as bombarding the ship with lethal radiation. It sure looks like they are screwed. To deal with this seemingly insurmountable problem, Geordi brings up a holo-creation of a brainiac scientist who built the Enterprise and together they look for a solution to their dilemma.

The other theme in this one is LaForge's pathetic dating life. It begins with him completely striking out with a fellow crewmember and ultimately ends with him becoming infatuated with the holo helper. Will LaForge ever get to meet this lady in person? Yup--two years later she'll re-appear in "Galaxy's Child" and you'll learn whether the real Dr. Brahms is anything like her holo alter-ego.

In some ways this episode is quite original and interesting. But, like many of the lesser episodes, just about everything (other than a brief landing on the dead ship they discover) takes place aboard the Enterprise--making the show a bit stagy and slow. Worth seeing, though it also has a high creepy factor, as LaForge seems amazingly desperate and lonely.


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