Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 11

Contagion (18 Mar. 1989)

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Picard and the Enterprise respond to a distress call from its sister ship the USS Yamato. It has been facing a number of serious technical glitches and they lost 18 crew members when the ... See full summary »



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Picard and the Enterprise respond to a distress call from its sister ship the USS Yamato. It has been facing a number of serious technical glitches and they lost 18 crew members when the computer turned off the force field on an open shuttle bay. Before the Enterprise can assist however, the Yamato is destroyed with all lives lost. The explosion is apparently the result of a failure in their matter/anti-matter pods but Picard suspects it may have something to do with a relic the Yamato's captain obtained on an archaeological dig on a nearby planet. They are in the Neutral Zone and are being shadowed by a Romulan ship but Picard, an amateur archaeologist, leads an away team to the planet to see what is causing the problem. When the Enterprise's shields inexplicably activate, they have no means to beam the away team back on board. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


The Iconian "Gateway" computer virus predates the real-life Gateway brand computers that gained popularity almost 10 years later, in 1998. See more »


In Star Trek: The Next Generation: Where Silence Has Lease, the Yamato's registry number was NCC 1305-E. Now, in "Contagion," it has become NCC 71807. See more »


Wesley Crusher: It's about the Iconians, sir. I was told they were just a myth.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: China was thought to be a myth, until Marco Polo traveled there.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: To the Death (1996) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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They've got gremlins!
13 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the episode begins, the Enterprise's sister ship, the Yamato, is stuck in the Neutral Zone. Its ship systems are running amok and it's almost as if the ship has gremlins! Whatever it is, just as the Enterprise is approaching, the Yamato explodes! But, before this occurs, the captain of that ship informs Picard he might have discovered the supposedly mythical planet, Iconia, and that a variety of sophisticated weapons might be awaiting them there...weapons that COULD fall into the hands of the Romulans if they don't act quickly. So, following the explosion, Picard decides to take the ship further into the Neutral Zone towards this planet--although out there somewhere is some Romulan ship that is cloaked. Soon, however, both the Enterprise and the Romulan ship begin experiencing gremlin-like problems of their own.

This is a very good episode--with an interesting plot and resolution. Plus, you get to see a crew member die...and come back to life!

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