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
Did You Know?
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
Commander William T. Riker
[about the tenacity of the Rikers
My great-grandfather once got bit by a rattlesnake. After three days of intense pain... the snake died.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more