Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 22

Shades of Gray (15 Jul. 1989)

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Riker returns from an away team mission wounded and infected with microbes from the planet below. He is soon in a coma in sick bay, the microbes having fused itself to his sciatic nerve and... See full summary »

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Riker returns from an away team mission wounded and infected with microbes from the planet below. He is soon in a coma in sick bay, the microbes having fused itself to his sciatic nerve and impeding his normal functions. Dr. Pulaski cannot find a cure and although she can kill the microbes, it would also likely kill Riker. With only a hour or so before the spreading disease reaches his brain, Pulaski stimulates his neural impulses leading Riker to recall previous events aboard the Enterprise. The Doctor realizes that negative emotions are what will defeat the the body's invaders. Written by garykmcd

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When the producers made Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q Who? (1989) earlier in the season, the episode went way over budget. Meaning the money ran out at the end of the season. So in order to cut costs, they had to do a clip show. As such, Shades of Gray is often considered the worst episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), and even the producers admitted they were embarrassed by it. See more »

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As the doctor puts the probes into Riker's head, we see that the probes are actually telescoping in on themselves. See more »

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[Riker has been infected with some unknown microbes]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: And the unknown can be benign... or malevolent.
Commander William T. Riker: Captain, one of the things I've learned on these voyages, and on this ship and from you... is that most life forms act out of an instinct for survival, not out of malice.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It's an important lesson. And I admire your lack of resentment, Number One.
Commander William T. Riker: If you drop a hammer on your foot, it's hardly useful to get mad at the hammer.
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Ad-hoc episode thrown together during the writer's strike
28 April 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Because of the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike they had to shoot this episode in 3 days. It's pretty much crap, consisting of repeat cut + pasted clips from Season 2 and was described by its writer, Maurice Hurley as "terrible, just terrible."

Why the producers couldn't just wait to shoot something decent who knows. I'm guessing because of the strike the production ran out of money and could only release a flashback episode or maybe Roddenberry was too sick at the time to be able to veto this half-assery. This episode also marks the final appearance of Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski) on the series.


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