Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 7

Rascals (31 Oct. 1992)

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Captain Picard, Ensign Ro, Keiko and Guinan are returning to the Enterprise aboard a shuttlecraft when they encounter a deadly energy field. They are all safely beamed aboard the ship but ... See full summary »



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Young Jean-Luc Picard (as David Tristan Birkin)
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Captain Picard, Ensign Ro, Keiko and Guinan are returning to the Enterprise aboard a shuttlecraft when they encounter a deadly energy field. They are all safely beamed aboard the ship but are transformed in the process - their minds are unchanged but their bodies have resorted to those of 12 year-olds. Dr. Crusher finds that their DNA has been slightly altered but may be able to returns them to their normal selves. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is on a mission to rescue a large Federation science team but come under attack by a group of rogue Ferengi. Written by garykmcd

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David Birkin, who plays the "young" Jean-Luc Picard, had previously played Picard's nephew RenĂ© in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Family (1990), making him one of only a few actors to have played different members of the same family in the entire Star Trek franchise. Other examples include William Shatner (James T. Kirk and George Samuel Kirk), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf and Colonel Worf), Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar and Sela), and Brent Spiner (Data, Lore, B-4, Noonien Soong, and Arik Soong). See more »


The ambiguities of the Stardate calendar allow Molly O'Brien to be about 4 years old, even though it's only been one year of "screen time" since she was born in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Disaster. See more »


Young Ro Laren: This is the first time these Jefferies tubes haven't seemed cramped.
Young Guinan: How much farther do we have to go?
Young Ro Laren: About fifty meters. Don't tell me you're tired!
Young Guinan: [jocularly] I'm not as young as I used to be.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Miles O'Brien is given a Middle Name.
13 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Premise: Four Next Generation characters are reverted to Children, but keep their adult memories.

Everyone who watches this episode says "I Wish". Most of us would want to stay that way, I know I would.

But there is always one person who will be a Party-Pooper: Here, it is Ro Laren. In Sharp Contrast to Guinan who is having the time of her 500- year plus life. But Ro has a point. Most of us when remembering Childhood don't have fond memories of it, because we were short, awkward, and bumbled around until we were 17 or so. Ro can't be blamed much, because her Childhood included starvation, torture, terrorism, and finally escape from an internment camp much like Velos II. But as far as Guinan is concerned, she knows how to make any situation into a party, which she does here and drags Ro right along with her.

David Birkin makes another appearance on Trek, originally he was Picard's nephew Rene in the 4th Season 2nd episode "Family". This is ideal, as there would be a family resemblance- This gives the episode a lot of clout, especially when dealing with Picard.

As far as Keiko, Ro and Guinan, Caroline Junko King from "3 Ninjas Kick Back" looks a lot like a younger Rosalind Chao (Despite really being Japanese). Megan Parlen from "Hang Time" does a very convincing Mini-Ro, but the prize goes to Isis Jones as Young Guinan- and in fact the only other film or Television credit she has is for playing a younger version of Whoopi Goldberg in "Sister Act 2".

It wasn't enough just to find kids that looked like Picard, Keiko, Ro and Guinan - The physical attributes were not enough to make us believe that these were all younger versions of our principles victims of the week's conundrum - It was the way these kids actually became our four "Conundrumites" down to the last earring of Ro's and Facepalm of Picard's.

Megan and Isis when having their little arguments are a lot like Whoopi and Michelle when they first met in Ten Forward. Isis is intrusive and gets right into Ro's business- Just like Guinan did to Ro in her debut episode.

Caroline and Colm are still "Mr and Mrs O'Brien" and Caroline's every movement is what Keiko would do, down to the pulling of Colm's ear.

And David Birkin's Picard is nothing else but perfect, especially in talking to his Number One "Dad" Riker.

It was all just so much fun- if anything, Trek is supposed to be fun as well as whatever else it is- and here, it is.

As far as the other aspect of this episode goes: The Enterprise D could easily vaporize two old Klingon Jalopies. And of course, the D was taken by surprise. We can suspend disbelief by just assuming these Ferengi were Lucky Shots. Ultimately, they were merely Ferengi and outsmarted themselves. Mike Gomez is Daimon Lurin, who is "In Business for Himself" and not part of the Ferengi Alliance. I never thought actual members of the Ferengi Alliance would be as stupid as he was, even though they had been "Foolish" a number of times. But here they are bumbling, inept fools. Tracey Walter re-appears again as a Ferengi, this time "Berik", and one other, "Morta" played by Michael Snyder.

This episode is a clear revelation of what happens when The Three Stooges try to take over a Galaxy Class Starship - They get their asses handed to them on platters by Kids. But that is par for the course, Ferengi always kick themselves in whatever glands they use when they start thinking of Females...

And Profit.

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