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Collision with a quantum filament leaves Troi in charge of a damaged and endangered Enterprise with emergency bulkheads cutting off sections of the ship.



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During a period of rest, and just after three elementary school science fair prize winners leave with Capt. Picard for a tour of the ship, the Enterprise hits a quantum filament, trapping its people in different compartments under varying emergencies. Geordi and Dr. Crusher face a plasma fire that begins to destabilize stored supplies into high-yield explosives; Data and Riker face a lethal electrical arc on their only available route to engineering; Worf presides over Keiko O'Brien going into labor; the wounded captain and the school children rally to escape a damaged and dangling turbolift; Troi, as highest in rank on the bridge, faces a crucial decision as the warp core heads toward collapse and ship-wide destruction. Written by KGF Vissers/revised by statmanjeff

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Jay Gordon Graas was born in 2361. See more »


One of the biggest plot points involves Troi's command decision on whether or not to separate the saucer section and risk leaving behind survivors. Ensign Ro states that they have no reason to believe there are any survivors on the other part of the ship. However Troi should be able to easily sense the emotions of any living people on the ship, making her the only person who *could* determine this. This is completely ignored. See more »


[after the delivery]
Lieutenant Worf: [about Keiko's baby] I believe she looks like Chief O'Brien.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Accession (1996) See more »


Frère Jacques
Traditional nursery song
Performed by Patrick Stewart, Erika Flores, John Christian
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Almost too many things going on in this episode. But still a good watch
16 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

In this episode the Enterprise hit some big quantum disturbance and the ship is badly damaged. Power and communications are knocked out and no one knows if there is life support on other levels of the ship. Now the crew, which are marooned on different parts of the ship, have problems they must face in order to save the ship and keep alive.

Counselor Trio is the the highest ranking officer on the bridge and will have to face a dilemma about sacrificing others to save a few. Captain Picard is along in an elevator with three needy kids. Doctor Crusher and Geordi are in a section that is leaking radiation. Riker and Data will try to gain control of the ship by interfacing Data's electronics to the ship's computer. And Worf is in hot water when Keiko goes into labor in a different part of the powerless ship.

There are many things going on in this episode. In fact perhaps too much - as some interesting situations had to be squeezed in order to return to another part of the story. Some situations were entertaining, like having Trio making hard decisions which was against given advise. Some were less interesting as in the Crusher and Geordi problem. But overall this episode held the viewers attention as we were right in the middle of each person's conundrum. Good watch.

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