Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 1

Evolution (23 Sep. 1989)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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 garykmcd

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Gates McFadden returns as Dr. Beverly Crusher. McFadden left the show after the first season, reportedly due to creative differences with show runners. See more »


Emergency ventilation procedures are standard drill practices on all naval vessels, yet Riker is the only one who acts during the gas attack. See more »


Dr. Paul Stubbs: Come along, Wesley, let's go see if Humpty Dumpty is still in one piece.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Preemptive Strike (1994) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Pretty dull.
15 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A brilliant researcher's life work all rests on the next few days on the Enterprise. Dr. Stubbs' viability of his theories about the lives of suns will be put to the test when a binary star explodes. However, the ship soon begins to experience all sorts of random problems and it's as if the ship has gremlins. But, it turns out everything is Wesley's fault (THANKS, WES!!), as his school project on nano-bots is the reason for the problems. It seems that he accidentally let two loose and they are replicating like crazy and eating up the circuitry of the ship! Can the Enterprise purge itself of these micro-menaces? And, will poor Dr. Stubbs' life work be in vain?

The problem with this episode (like many of the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" shows) is completely stuck on the ship and is very static. Without a trip to a planet or any action, the program comes off as very dull. Not a terrible episode but clearly a sub-par one.

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