The Enterprise is transporting to the neutral planet Parliament peace delegates from two races which can't stand each other long enough to occupy neighboring suites, yet both want to join ... See full summary »

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The Enterprise is transporting to the neutral planet Parliament peace delegates from two races which can't stand each other long enough to occupy neighboring suites, yet both want to join the Federation. Traveling trough a mysterious energy cloud, some gets aboard and keeps jumping from crew members to machinery and vice versa, as if seeking a suitable host and learning about the ship, without revealing itself. The crew catches on slowly, as nobody seems seriously affected, except Wesley's engineering mentor Singh, who is killed in a warp technology accident, but 'host' the highly intelligent entity. Written by KGF Vissers

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Although this is the only major appearance of either the Anticans or the Selay, they continued to be used as background extras in other episodes of The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). See more »

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Sherlock Holmes never smoked a Meerschaum pipe, only Brier and only when considering a problem. His usual smokes were cigarettes. Also, Holmes said: "Elementary" only one time in all the books and short stories. The Meerschaum pipe and multiple "Elementary(s)" were the product of stage productions and Hollywood. However, at no time is it stated, or even implied, that Data only researched Sherlock Holmes by the written stories. Data obviously took his characterization from multiple sources. See more »

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Lt. Commander Data: [quoting Sherlock Holmes] We must fall back on the old axiom, that when other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable... must be the truth.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ménage à Troi (1990) See more »

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all started with Mr. Singh
9 November 2009 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

The magnificent death of Mr. Singh... He gets shocked from the warp station at engineering and flies like a butterfly just close to the warp core and while facing downwards, spotted by Worf and declared dead.

I hope I'm not wrong, but this is the very first time we see on a TNG episode the rule "Appeared too much, lived too much".

I mean when an "appearance with a dialogue" playing actor that we see for the first time and doesn't have a relation with the story of that episode, eventually dies before the end of that episode :)

...and the last scene with the delegate BBQ is probably the funniest cultural conflict i have ever heard of.


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