Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 17

Home Soil (20 Feb. 1988)

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On Velara III, Geordi and Data discover a microscopic life form responsible for the death of an engineer stationed on the base.

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The Enterprise visits a team of scientists and engineers terraforming on Velara III. The team's leader, Kurt Mandl, isn't very welcoming stating that they are very busy but Picard insists with Riker, Data and Geordie beaming down to the planet. Velara III was selected because of its complete absence of any life forms and the terraforming initiative takes about 30 years. The team is now in the process of removing salts from the natural water supply as the first step in creating a sustainable environment. Geordie and Data come across a non-carbon based object that glows and give the appearance of life. When it attempts to communicate with the crew, it is obvious they have encountered a life form like no other. Written by garykmcd

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The life form initially refers to humans as "bags of mostly water," which is accurate. See more »

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Kurt Mandl: I wanted to create a place where living things could thrive. And all the while, I was about to destroy the life that is there.
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What is life?
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ST:TNG:17 - "Home Soil" (Stardate: 41463.9) - this is the 17th episode to go into production but the 18th episode to air on TV. It centers around terraforming a planet (on this planet they can do it in 40 years or so), and how they mistakenly begin the process even though there is life on there (though not life as we know it). This episode hearkens back to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn with the Genesis project - one of the rules is you have to make sure the planet is dead - then you go into several phases before the process in completed - I enjoy these homages to the Original Series. Once more, this episode really gets to the heart of Gene Roddenberry's vision - how peace is the answer when meeting a new life (even one that's completely different from us), about how we are prone to mistakes and though that's inevitable, it's how we act once we realize we made the mistake that makes all the difference. Highly recommended episode.


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