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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Riker sees things in flashback that he couldn't possibly remember. Like scenes aboard the Enterprise while he's off ship at the time. He also sees the test sequence put to Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Schizoid Man. He even sees subtitles in flashback at one point. See more »

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[Data has analyzed the vines on the planet and found to be possibly predatory]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Then the vines infect animals, in order to kill them?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: It is possible. For Commander Riker's sake, I hope my hypothesis is in error.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Unfortunately, Commander Data, your hypotheses rarely are.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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It Could Be Worse, I Suppose
13 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd forgotten about the writer's strike of 1988. After watching those season ending episodes of "The Outer Limits" which shamelessly includes random insertions from previous episodes, I thought other series were above that. I guess, at least for one episode, STNG needed to save a few buck and bank on an insipid plot. Riker picks up a kind of raging virus as he and Geordi explore a planet previously unexplored. It is beyond the expertise of Dr. Pulaski, who can't stop it. Scans reveal that it has attacked the nervous system and will eventually head for the brain and kill Riker. What Pulaski and Troi find is that the entity is reactive to human emotions. Troi is there to read Riker's thoughts as he dreams. She senses different kinds of dreams from adventure to erotic to pain to terror. All these are represented by short clips from the first two seasons. There is no order to them, but Pulaski is able to use drugs to enhance the experiences. Troi, whom we all know is in love with Will, coaches the doctor as they search. It was fun to guess what scenes might fit in, but it detracted from the actually presentation. It's sad sometimes to know that factors other than a lack of creativity force the hands to the producers of shows such as these. It's so piecemeal and the whole treatment is so hard to swallow that it's a bit of an embarrassment.


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