When a new torpedo guidance system malfunctions, Picard and Data go chasing after it into an asteroid field, while the crew is left behind to deal with their own strange behaviors.

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After some arboretum visits Dr. Crusher diagnoses nothing serious, but soon dozens of crew members get behavioral deviations, affecting appetite, memory and emotions. Reg Barclay takes care of Data's cat Spot, who is pregnant like nurse Alyssa Ogawa. Worf first fails testing or diagnosing his new guidance system, so Picard and Data chase a lost torpedo, then bites Deana and turns into an erratic beast due to a bite a sprays venom himself. By the time Picard and Data return, everyone aboard seems mutating and/or molested: the Enterprise has become a 'de-evolution zoo', Data believes by a virus reviving dormant genes from ancestral species. Picard is also infected, causing growing prey-anxiety. Nevertheless he must lure monstrous Worf away so Data can develop a retrovirus from genetic material after finding Spot's kittens remained perfectly feline when ma turned iguana. Written by KGF Vissers

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Barclay thinks he is suffering from Terellian Death Syndrome. This disease is not to be confused with the Tarellian plague from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Haven (1987). See more »

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When Data and the captain return from recovering the torpedo from the asteroid belt, the Captain orders Data to adjust the shuttle's attitude to match the Enterprise before they land. This is a pointless command, matching speed, orientation and rotation of one ship to the other would be part of the normal approach and landing process, and would not require a separate command. Again, once on-board the Enterprise, he issues direction to Data, and states that he, himself, will take care of the 'attitude' of the ship. There is no up or down in space, and the attitude of a ship is meaningless unless measured in relationship to another object. Gravity is created artificially in a local environment on board the ship. There is no reason to adjust the 'attitude' of a single ship in open space. See more »

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Barclay: Doctor! My capillaries are shrinking!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994) See more »

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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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We're Toast Anyway, so What the Heck?
9 December 2014 | by (Old West Texas) – See all my reviews

The title says it all for me. These guys know that the "powers that be" do not want to pay the high salaries of seven year veterans for another season, that they can go cheaper with "Deep Space 9" and the soon-to-be-released "Voyager." So, with the light at the end of the tunnel, why worry? The series has been picked up for a full season, and it's too late to cancel the six episodes that remain.

Let the makeup people have some fun. Cut back on the writing talent, and above all, just shelve the science books for a week. Maybe this episode with pick up a cult following like the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" or something.

Better yet, while the first and second seasons were really not that hot, STTNG has never really made a total stinker like Voyager will do with "Threshold," or STTOS did with "Spock's Brain," among others. So it's time to make one so horrible, it will be remembered forever.

Except I had forgotten it. My wife remembered bits and pieces, though it was scrambled. She though that Troi would turn into a spider (she didn't; someone else did), so I'm sure we had seen it together. But my subconscious, protecting me, had erased it totally from my memory, but after watching it a second time, said, "Sorry, Bud. This time you have to live with the memory forever." So here I am.

But it's not the end of the world for me. I actually dozed off in my chair for about 5-7 minutes of the story, and had to ask my wife what had happened.

So many STTNG episodes will be with me forever, treasured and watched again. But I have marked this one mentally. I will never watch "Genesis" again. I would watch "Spock's Brain" first.


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