Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 19

Genesis (19 Mar. 1994)

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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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Ensign Dern


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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24th century | monster | fight




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Unlike other Klingons, Worf sleeps on a padded mattress. See more »


When Picard and Data have returned to the Enterprise and enter Troi's quarters, Data's light is seen illuminated on his entrance, but when approaching the doorway to the bathroom, his light only shows a low glimmer, as if it had run out of batteries. When they enter the bathroom, Data's light is back to full power again. See more »


Barclay: Doctor! My capillaries are shrinking!
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Macrocosm (1996) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Star Trek TNG 'Genesis'. Brilliantly stupid.
9 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is retarded. The writer of Genesis, Brannon Braga, clearly has little-to-no knowledge of Biology. Piccard, Riker, and Barclay are all clearly human, yet Riker turns into a proto-human, and Barclay turns into a spider? Spot, the cat, a mammal, mutates entirely into an Iguana? Genesis is probably campier than most of the original series.

That said, this is without a doubt among my favorite TNG episodes. TNG was a fantastic series, with some great, complex story arcs, but compared to the original, it maybe took itself a bit too seriously for a show about people who time-travel and fight aliens. Genesis was clearly a slight horror-movie spoof, with the crew slowly going mad, before out-right changing into "de-evolved" (not "devolved") versions of themselves, leaving Data to figure out wtf is going on, while Piccard begins to show symptoms himself, while a savage-super- venom-spitting-Worf takes out Crusher with his savage-super-venom and tries to hunt down Troi, and have bitey, and probably lethal savage-super-sex.

It's a ridiculous and campy plot, but it's fun and the actors get to have fun with the characters.

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