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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Lonely Among Us (TV Episode 1987) Poster

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This is the only other episode in the first season to feature Colm Meaney who was at the ops position in the series' pilot, 'Encounter At Farpoint' and would later become Transporter Chief O'Brien in season 2.
First episode of the series to feature the Starfleet dress uniforms. These dress uniform also are worn throughout the series runs of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
The uncredited "Badar N'D'D" is the first Star Trek role of Marc Alaimo, best known for his role as Gul Dukat of Cardassia, one of the archnemeses of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
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The first episode to reveal Data's persona of Sherlock Holmes.
One piece of a costume introduced in this episode which never returned was the surgical cap and eyepiece worn by Doctor Crusher.
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Edward R. Brown's cinematography is particularly dark in this episode, and uniquely among Trek so far features an entire deck being "blacked out" at night. After this episode the lighting levels on the Enterprise-D would gradually increase, although the series' lighting remained quite low-key by Star Trek (or even television in general) standards until his replacement by Marvin V. Rush in the third season.
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The prop used (or one similar) for the Antican hunting device was later used as a coil spanner in Star Trek: Voyager: Meld (1996).
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A model of an original USS Enterprise shuttlecraft is visible when the bridge crew plans their mutiny. Also glimpsed very briefly, behind Beverly Crusher, there is a silver model of a Constitution-class starship. This starship is seen more prominently in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Battle (1987).
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The diamond-shaped statue in the Antican guest quarters previously appeared in Kirk's apartment in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and in Tasha Yar's quarters in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Naked Now (1987) and can later be seen in at the Café des Artistes in the episode "We'll Always Have Paris".
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The regular 24th century PADDs, designed by Rick Sternbach, first appeared in this episode.
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This is the first episode of Star Trek to be directed by Cliff Bole. He would go on to direct a further 24 episodes of The Next Generation including "The Best of Both Worlds", as well as seven episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and ten episodes of Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
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The original story by Michael Halperin contained a different subplot involving a problem with the dilithium in the warp drive of the Enterprise. The diplomatic conference was added by D.C. Fontana when it was developed into a teleplay.
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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).
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Michael Westmore repainted the Selay masks prior to reusing them in order to give the scales more of a three-dimensional look.
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Director Cliff Bole remembered this episode: "They got a lot of calls for that. They just wanted to do some kind of shocker. You've never seen anything like it since. I don't recall that being one of my better shows, but I worked as hard on that episode as on anything else. The subject matter affects the end product. There are some better written shows, obviously."
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The Selay and the Anticans were nicknamed the "snakes and the dogs" by the production staff. The designs were created by Andrew Probert, who had previously been responsible for the design of the Enterprise-D. The make-up used on them were created by supervisor Michael Westmore, which involved full head pieces and hands for two Anticans and five Selays. Because of the limited space available, the Anticans were made internally in the Paramount make-up studio while the Selays were outsourced to a different studio to sculpt the head. Once completed, a mold was made of the Selay head and the unpainted pieces were cast in latex and sent to Westmore to complete. It was intended to cast them out of lightweight polyurethane, but the first batch of Selay heads came out really heavy.
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Michael Westmore had time to re-cast two of the Selay heads from a soft foam rubber, but as each took five hours to make, there wasn't enough time to re-make all five. The heavier versions of the Selay heads were worn by actors in the background of the scenes, although Westmore described them as being "very uncomfortable".
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Picard announces this episode to begin at Stardate 41249.3 in the Captain's Log.
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This is the first TNG episode where a crewman dies on board the Enterprise-D.
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This is the only episode to have Tasha Yar in a dress uniform.
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This episode was the first bottle show done on TNG.
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Kavi Raz was not available for the shooting of a scene in which Singh is seen in the background. The production staff solved this by simply putting a wig on a chair as a "photo double".
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Marc Alaimo makes his first Star Trek appearance as Badar N'D'D. He went on to play Tebok, Macet, and Frederick La Rouque before taking on the recurring role of Dukat in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
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Marc Alaimo went uncredited for the Antican commenting that the reason was "I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out so I asked them not to put my name on it. But it turned out to be fun".
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This episode marks the first appearance of Jim McElroy as one of the Selay delegates. He auditioned for this part and shot it in two days being the scenes in the transporter room the first scenes to be shot. His makeup was applied by Michael Westmore and he had a makeup call of about 4:30 am. He later appeared as a recurring background actor during the first four seasons of The Next Generation and in the fourth season of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
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Following the airing of the episode, fans wrote in to complain about a scene referencing cannibalism.
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This takes place in 2364.
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Stunt actor John Meier can be seen. He previously doubled for William Shatner in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).
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The Antican mask didn't allow for any movement at all with the exception of the actors being able to poke their tongues through the mouth opening.
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First aired on 11/2/1987.
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Among the costumes and props from this episode which were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay, was the Selay costume of John Durbin.
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