With Picard away for routine surgery, the Enterprise responds to an apparent distress call from a Pakled vessel.



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Leslie Morris ...
Biomolecular Physiologist


The Enterprise is en route to base 515 where they will leave Wesley Crusher for a short time to undergo Starfleet Academy exams. Dr. Pulaski also wants Captain Picard to stop there and undergo a medical procedure he would prefer no one know about. The two of them set off for the base in a shuttle craft and along the way form a bond. Riker and others are puzzled by Picard's sudden decision to go to the base but the ship is soon off responding to a distress call sent by a Pakled vessel. They seem to have only limited knowledge of engineering and how to make the necessary repairs to its engines. The Enterprise is more than happy to help out but the Pakled are not as simple-minded as they seem and have their own plans for the Enterprise. Written by garykmcd

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13 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Wil Wheaton and Patrick Stewart came up with the gag where Wesley Crusher encounters a non-automatic door for the first time. They approach the door, which Wesley stares at. Picard looks at Wesley, as if thinking "Aw kids!" and opens it for him. See more »


When Riker demands to the Pakled captain that Geordi be released, the Pakled responds with "Request denied" and shoots Geordi with his phaser. But Geordi's arms flail outward and he's yanked back before the Pakled even shoots him. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: For ambitious Starfleet officers, there are certain costs involved. You must be cautious of long-term commitments, Wesley.
Wesley Crusher: No problem. Where women are concerned, I am in complete control!
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Edited from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Angel One (1988) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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19 June 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Not a BAD episode, but I kept wincing at the stilted dialog and direction. Painfully awkward. Not a horrible plot, but very contrived in its development, and for me the whole episode is just plain awkward, from the dialog and direction to the plot and ending. TNG by the numbers, very little imagination or logic, and it seemed to end just because it was time. This is SO not one of the crisp, intelligent episodes that I make a point of catching. I just wish they'd give me a chance to rewrite the dialog, and give the characters more chance to actually express some intelligence, and not move through the scenes like robots. It's TNG, of course, and I'll continue to watch it. Unless there's something better to do.

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