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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Different view from the hydraulic room show completely different backgrounds. When Riker and the others run toward the door of the room they run straight along a corridor at whose end the doors is. Shots from inside the room, however, show a wall in the background. See more »

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Counselor Deanna Troi: All life is beautiful.
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References Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark (1967) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A Rather Entertaining Episode
29 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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