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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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 »


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 »


[someone or something is banging against the sickbay doors]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: What was that?
Lt. Commander Data: It is large...
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References Aliens (1986) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Altered States
14 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are so many messed up evolutionary events in this offering that it slips into the ludicrous. People are already acting strangely before Picard and Data take off to chase a torpedo that his gone off course, flying into open space. While they are gone, the crew begins to "devolve." They turn into various incarnations of their individual evolutionary past. What is strange is that they seem to come from all kinds of different entities. Data's cat, Spot, retreats to being an iguana. Are cats supposedly the ancestral progeny of reptiles? Picard and Data must confront these things as the Captain begins to show symptoms of regression. Once again, they are facing something that is so utterly foreign to them it would take a group of researchers months to come up with an antidote, if they could even do such a thing. Other than the jump-out-at-you stuff as the ship is filled with combative critters, there's not much here if you have the ability to think. How did Patrick Steward keep a straight face.

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