While the Enterprise enjoys a rest, just when elementary school science prize winners Patterson Supera, Jay Gordon Graas and Marissa Flores visit the ship, it's reduced to impulse power by ... See full summary »



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John Christian Graas ...
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Patterson Supera
Ensign Mandel
Lieutenant Monroe


While the Enterprise enjoys a rest, just when elementary school science prize winners Patterson Supera, Jay Gordon Graas and Marissa Flores visit the ship, it's reduced to impulse power by hitting a quantum filament, so people are trapped in different compartments and face various damage there needing attention. Geordi and Dr. Crusher have to deal with a corrosion threat by damage to the ship's skin, which starts a very toxic chemical reaction on the hole; Data and Riker face an electric field blocking their way which Data passes at the price of decapitation, and must be repaired on the spot; Worf is with pregnant Keiko O'Brien, who gets contractions, so he'll have to deliver; the wounded captain and the school children must climb to the power supply in the ship's core; Troi decides as highest in rank on the bridge, without technical expertise, not to give up on possible survivors in engineering despite the risk not closing it off causes for the whole ship... Written by KGF Vissers

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19 October 1991 (USA)  »

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The song that Geordi sings is the opening lines of the Major General's Song from the W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan opera 'The Pirates of Penzance': "I am the very model of a modern Major-General, I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral." See more »


When Geordi depressurizes the cargo bay, everything is seen going into space except the panel leaning against the wall under the plasma fire. See more »


Lieutenant Worf: My computer simulation was not like this. That delivery was very orderly.
Keiko O'Brien: Well, I'm sorry!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Thine Own Self (1994) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Almost too many things going on in this episode. But still a good watch
16 March 2014 | by (United States) – 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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