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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Introns are non-coding gene sequences switched off in an organism's evolutionary history. But outside of that basic fact, the episode's knowledge of introns is sketchy at best. As introns have altered, shuffled and deleted over the eons, the actual effect of switching on these sequences would probably kill an organism. 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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ST:TNG:171 - "Genesis" (Stardate: 47653.2) - this is the 19th episode of the 7th and last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

As Picard and Data take a shuttlecraft to investigate the problem with Worf's new weapons system, the Enterprise crew begin to show signs of unusual behavior (i.e. Worf gets very agitated and starts eating profusely, while Troi begins to like salty foods and complains the air temperature is off as they eat lunch together).

Things get even stranger so by the time Picard and Data return to the Enterprise, they discover that the crew has turned into different and bizarre creatures! And Picard begins to exhibit the same signs! Watch what happens in this exciting episode.

Dwight Schultz returns as Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III (an even more hyper version of himself). Dr. Selar is mentioned again. We see an Enterprise bathtub. Patti Yasutake also returns as Nurse Alyssa Ogawa - this time pregnant! And so is Data's cat Spot!

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