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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28 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Susan Gibney (Dr. Leah Brahms) auditioned for the roles of Counselor Deanna Troi and Lt. Tasha Yar before Marina Sirtis and Denise Crosby were cast respectively. She was later a front runner for Captain Kathryn Janeway and Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) but Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan and Alice Krige were cast in these roles. See more »


When Geordi and Christy are on the holodeck, the violinist is obviously not actually playing as he is holding his bow about an inch away from the strings. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [of the Promellian battle cruiser] It is exactly as they left it, Number One - 'in the bottle'.
[Data and Worf, like Riker earlier, look at him rather blankly]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The ship in the bottle... Oh, good Lord, didn't anybody here build ships in bottles when they were boys?
Lieutenant Worf: I did not play with toys.
Lt. Commander Data: I was never a boy.
Chief Miles O'Brien: I did, sir.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [pleased] Thank you, Mr. O'Brien.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Transfigurations (1990) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Back to basics
4 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Booby Trap' is a fine example of the demand for miracles a captain places on his chief engineer. A distress call lures the Enterprise into an immobilizing energy field, while lethal radiation levels continue to increase on board. To escape it, Geordi takes the holodeck with a recreation of the grand matriarch of modern propulsion. It's kind of refreshing that, in the end, simply killing the power and steering in the wind does the trick. It's a very low-tech solution, which is a surprise for this show.

One good thing about this is we get to see Picard's lighter side as he reminisces about building a ship in a bottle as a boy. The downside is LaForge's nonexistent love life, which has him romancing holograms. But it's a good dramatic episode and the worsening situation in the trap offers great tension.


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