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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The only second season episode in which Dr. Beverly Crusher is seen. See more »


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


[last lines]
Dr. Kate Pulaski: There may be some residual memory loss. I just want to be certain that you still know who you are.
[Riker looks at Picard and Data]
Commander William T. Riker: [shrewdly] Of course I know who I am. I'm Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I'm delighted that you're feeling better, Captain.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [referring to Data] The Admiral and I were worried about you.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: [not understanding] Captain, I do not believe you have the authority to promote me to the rank of admiral.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Skin of Evil (1988) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Definitely not one of their better efforts
10 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a long-time fan of all the Star Trek series,I found this a disappointing episode, and I wonder if the liberal use of "flashbacks" featuring Will Riker's exploits, both positive (and largely romantic) and negative (lots of pain, and a crewmate's death)was a money-saving device, as were many of their "bottle shows" (episodes in which all scenes take place on the Enterprise). Diana Muldaur(who also appeared at least twice on the original series) deserved a better final appearance than this for her character, Dr. Kate Pulaski. Loyal viewers (in the Star Trek world, is there any other kind?) also were shortchanged. This was the last episode of second season; thus, the season ended "not with a bang" but with "a whimper."

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