Geordi can barely curtail his enthusiasm at being able to test out a new theory of transportation, as Worf's mother boards the Enterprise with his son and news that Worf's Earthly parents can no longer care for him.



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Dr. Ja'Dar
Jennifer Edwards ...
Ms. Kyle
Sheila Franklin ...
Ensign Felton


The Enterprise goes to planet Belena 3 to assist in testing the new propulsion method soliton waves. Lieutenant Worf is visited by his mother Helena and young son Alexander Rozhenko, who intends to stay with him. He soon finds the burdens of paternal duties cumbersome, especially as the frustrated schoolboy proves dishonorably mischievous. The experiment goes horribly wrong... Written by KGF Vissers

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4 January 1992 (USA)  »

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This episode marks the second of five appearances of Sheila Franklin's Ensign Felton. This time she was credited as "Ensign" in the end credits of the episode. See more »


When the senior officers enter the bridge after the initial briefing on the Soliton Wave by Dr Ja'Dar, Deanna, speaking to Worf about Alexander's teacher, should have referred to MISS Kyle rather than MRS Kyle. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Worf - you are not the first officer on this ship to have a new family member. Take care of your son. The security matters can wait.
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References Star Trek: First Contact (1996) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Family problems at work
3 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'New Ground' is a Worf-centric episode - one that forces the ship's resident warrior to parent without a parachute - but you really have to feel for Alexander. The kid's been getting the short end of the broken-home stick for forever, and now he's stuck with a guy who's out of of his depth. Worf's never been my favorite character, but I like the bonding scene towards the end.

It doesn't help that the minor storyline is more involving, with the Enterprise experimenting with "warp without warp drive" (and seeing Geordi geek out over it is the highlight). But the end pays off as the two plots are pretty well tied together, even climaxing with a burning-building rescue.

There's hard-won progress here, which also really helps.


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