Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 16

Galaxy's Child (9 Mar. 1991)

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While the Enterprise is in a star-base Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge gets a very special visitor, brilliant engineering designer Dr. Leah Brahms, who he feels to know almost intimately as a... See full summary »

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While the Enterprise is in a star-base Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge gets a very special visitor, brilliant engineering designer Dr. Leah Brahms, who he feels to know almost intimately as a 'hologram version' of herself with 'whom' he bonded. However the real Brahms proves icy and arrogantly unwilling to consider any of Geordi's empirical findings could conceivably stand against her theoretically impermeable truth. They take on the challenge to collaborate and learn to know each-other better, but when Geordi shows her his hologram version of her Brahms feels almost pornographically 'abused', one prejudiced insult too many for him. Meanwhile Picard, his bridge officers and Dr. Crusher have a very different problem, a strange life form which approaches and dies but is found to have given birth to a baby version inside its corpse, which must be separated to stand a chance of survival. When that succeeds, 'junior' instinctively identifies the Enterprise as its mother and locks on draining... Written by KGF Vissers

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An example of a "bottle episode" filmed entirely on existing sets. See more »

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During her chess-type game with La Forge, Guinan makes two moves in a row (La Forge not playing in between). Also, the number, shape and position of chess pieces on the top level keeps changing between shots. See more »

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Dr. Leah Brahms: Sometimes I feel more comfortable with engine schematics than people.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Well, maybe you just haven't met the right... people.
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Geordi's Lucky to Keep His Job
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Leah Brahm's, one of the engineer's involved in the creation of the Enterprise, makes a return engagement, this time as a real person. Geordi, during a serious crisis, created a holodeck program so he could work with the beautiful young engineer. In that episode, he had the hots for her, and made her into a more compliant, though still feisty, character. She was computer generated and Geordi carried a crush for her. So she shows up and when Geordi starts putting moves on her, she is confused and somewhat hostile. She blames him for messing around with her engine (not her engine, the Enterprise engine). They have a volatile encounter and agree to try to make the best of things. Unfortunately for our visored hero, she comes upon his holodeck program and goes ballistic. He is angry and hurt but I have to tell you, he deserves every bit of it. At the very least, he should have destroyed the program. She was right to imagine him using her as a toy.

There is something else going on while all this is playing out. The crew discovers a life form that looks a little bit like a giant ravioli with a tail. It is aggressive and Picard is forced to defend the ship using what he feels is a restrained blow. Unfortunately, he kills it. Picard is horrified at what he has done. This is a newly discovered life form and what he has done is unconscionable. Shortly thereafter, it is realized that the thing was pregnant and its aggressiveness was probably a motherly instinct. The baby is born but bonds with the Enterprise, drawing energy from the ship and putting it in grave danger. Picard, already considering himself a murderer, feels he must not use life threatening action against the little one. It is up to Brahms and LaForge to come up with something. Pretty decent offering.


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