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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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David Birkin ...
Young Jean-Luc Picard (as David Tristan Birkin)
Isis Carmen Jones ...
Young Guinan (as Isis J. Jones)


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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Did You Know?


This is Michelle Forbes' penultimate appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) as Ensign Ro. She only appears in the pre-credits scene. Her only appearance after this is in the series' penultimate episode, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Preemptive Strike (1994). See more »


When the main characters first re-materialize as children, Young Ro is wearing a very baggy, adult-like uniform, whereas Young Picard is wearing one more fitting to his new size. See more »


Young Ro Laren: Where did you get the idea that being short and awkward is some kind of wonderful gift?
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11 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's every adults dream, to be his/her young self again but with the knowledge gained as adults e.g.- "If I knew then what I know now...". Very funny, interlaced with real drama.

Wonderful episode, one of my favorites, with excellent performances by the young actors playing the adult stars characters in 12 yr old bodies. One could actually believe them to be their adult counterparts.

Star Trek TNG is my favorite show of the series, followed by Voyager. With a very elegant ship and excellent actors, TNG also quickly did away with the mini-skirt costumes, thank goodness, paving the way to more respect for the women of the future and for Voyager to break ground being the first to have several female characters in the major roles of captain, engineer and science officer. A great role model show for developing young women today.

Getting back to this episode, I found it one of the series most entertaining.

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