The Enterprise is carrying an eminent scientist, Dr. Paul Stubbs, to the site of a binary star where they are expecting a massive stellar explosion to occur in a few hours. He has been waiting many years for this to occur and has devoted his entire life to its study. The Enterprise however begins to suffer from a series of malfunctions, some minor but others far more serious. Meanwhile, Dr. Beverly Crusher has returned to the Enterprise after a year at Starfleet Medical. She's concerned however if her presence may be limiting son Wesley's development. Can a 17 year-old boy develop normally if his mother is always around him? Wesley may be responsible for all the problems on the ship when his experiment in nanotechnology escapes from the lab. Fearing that the attack on the ship might prevent him from completing his experiments, Stubbs takes matters into his own hands. Written by
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In the original script when Picard talks to Riker about the nanites infesting the Enterprise, he likens it to the biblical story of David vs Goliath, and not the story of Gulliver being overpowered by Lilliputians, as it is in the episode. See more
In the opening shot Enterprise is in a geosynchronous orbit around a giant red star and faces a smaller neutron star. Later, Riker tells Shuttle Bay 2 to prepare to launch Dr. Stubbs' probe. As the shuttle bay doors open, the scene shows the giant red star and the smaller star in the distance. But Shuttle bay 2 is on the back side of the ship. To see this view, Enterprise would have to turn 180 degrees from the previous shot. See more
Counselor Deanna Troi
Dr. Stubbs, I know how much this means to you...
Dr. Paul Stubbs
My dear Counselor. No insult intended; but please turn off your beam into my soul.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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