Young Clara Sutter, like many girls her age, has an imaginary friend. She recently come on board with her father, an engineering officer, and hasn't yet made any real friends. Counselor ... See full summary »

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Young Clara Sutter, like many girls her age, has an imaginary friend. She recently come on board with her father, an engineering officer, and hasn't yet made any real friends. Counselor Troi assures Clara's father that it's perfectly normal and he has nothing to worry about. While playing one day, Clara is shocked to see her friend Isabella suddenly appear before her. In fact, Isabella is a sentient being that has taken human form only to scout the ship and learn more about it. For Picard and the crew, determining the being's intent is key to determining the next step. Written by garykmcd

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Guinan wasn't originally supposed to be in the episode, but when Whoopi Goldberg became available, her character was written in to the script one day before shooting began. The cloud-watching scene with Data was initially written for Beverly and Troi, and then later Guinan and Troi. See more »

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When the kids are playing with the clay and the invisible Isabella knocks over the tray on the table, you can see someone's hand doing it. See more »

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Clara Sutter: I like to cook all kinds of stuff. Like yoghurt and raisin salad, chocolate chip pancakes and... purple omelettes.
Counselor Deanna Troi: [disgusted] Purple omelettes?
Clara Sutter: You put grape juice in the eggs. Isabella doesn't like it very much. She says it tastes funny.
Counselor Deanna Troi: I can see her point.
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References The Bad Seed (1956) 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 bit of an embarrassment
25 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's unfortunate that after trying to get my daughter to watch "Star Trek: The Next Generation" that THIS was the first episode she saw. It's clearly sub-par and the ending is even a bit embarrassing to watch, as you know the actors must have winced when delivering some of this drivel.

The show begins with a little girl, Clara, is in a counseling session and her father. It seems he's worried that she has some imaginary friend, but Troi assures him that this is normal and he should just go with it! However, a bit later, the girl's friend comes to life for real--and this 'friend' is a bit of a jerk. In fact, when Clara goes off to play by herself later, the friend informs Clara that she's going to killer her along with the rest of the people on the ship! Some friend!

So why is this one so bad? Well, the resolution is downright embarrassing. This malevolent force is incredibly easily mollified and in the end the girl and her new friend make up and bit each other goodbye. YICK! Sickly sweet and dumb...I think this sums it up.


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