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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[the inorganic substance has made a cell division]
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Two of them!
Lt. Commander Data: Only life can replicate itself, Doctor. Inorganic or not - it is alive.
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16 July 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise visits Valera 3 and is somewhat surprised at it's abrupt, curt welcome from it's Colonists. Several of them appear nervous and a little closed. A laser drill malfunctions and attacks Data! Eventually a life form is discovered to be responsible and it is in the sub surface of the planet. It is transported to the Enterprise where it discovered to be intelligent. Eventually taking control of the Enterprise computer! Worf growls 'What do you expect, it is a computer!' This is episode is a homage to the Star Trek episode 'Devil In The Dark'. The life form is eventually reasoned with and an agreement is reached. It's control of the ship is released and it is returned to the planet and the Colonists leave


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