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
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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
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
You're a man obsessed with what you do. Who knows what an obsessed man will do to keep going. Kill, perhaps?
I create life... I don't take it!
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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