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 Geordi 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. Geordi 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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This takes place in 2364. See more »

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Everyone (including the ship's computer) acts like this is the first inorganic life form the Federation has encountered (inorganic life being defined as life based on an element other than carbon). However, Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark, the obvious inspiration for this story, a silicon based life form (the Horta) was discovered living on the same planet as a Federation mining facility. See more »

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Lt. Commander Data: Please show me spectral analysis, magnification 12k.
Computer Voice: Silicon, germanium.
Lt. Commander Data: Transistor material.
Computer Voice: Gallium arsenide.
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: Emits light when charged.
Computer Voice: Cadmium selenide, sulfide.
Lt. Commander Data: Emits charge when lit.
Computer Voice: Water, impurities, sodium salts.
Lieutenant Worf: Conductor.
Lieutenant Worf: [to Data and Geordi] But is it alive?
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A Rather Entertaining Episode
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In order to see a real working terraforming colony, the crew beams down to a facility where something is amiss. These people are working on turning an arid desert planet with no life (or so they think) into a prosperous green planet. Some of the crew relish the idea, but a couple of others, including the leader of the operation are really uptight. It seems that something has been taking control of equipment and using it against the colonists. Commander Data is nearly killed. Only his android quickness and strength saves him. Soon a sort of non carbon based life form is found. It is multiplying and gaining strength. It actively gains control of the computer. The problem is communicating with it and getting it to back off. It turns out that the benevolence of the colonists (based on their personal view of this world) has actually turned deadly to the indigenous life forms. This is cleverly done speculative fiction which warns that there are sometimes implications to things we do, even with the best of intentions.


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