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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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23 September 1989 (USA)  »

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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.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Preemptive Strike (1994) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A slap in the face to Star Trek fans
7 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many of us are drawn to Star Trek because it depicts a universe where the individual is respected for what he or she is and can contribute, very different from our world where differences from the cultural norms and the pressure for those with such differences to "fit in" can make life very difficult.

In this episode, however, Dr. Crusher is worried that Wesley isn't acting like a normal 17-year-old. Of course, like many of us Trekkers, he's a geek without a personal life. According to the usual Star Trek philosophy that should be OK, but here it's seen as a problem. This episode's message to geeky 17-year-olds who would rather do science experiments than get into trouble is exactly the same as William Shatner's on Saturday Night Live.

Granted, this isn't the only time in Star Trek where this offensive theme is found. It is also found in the Voyager episode "Good Shepherd".

Plot A involving evolving nanites (hence the title) and an obnoxious scientist isn't much better.

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