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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Shot in only 3 days instead of the usual 7. 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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[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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An insult to the audience and my vote for the worst "Star Trek" episode ever!
15 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Shades of Gray" is a pathetic excuse for an episode for "Star Trek: The Next Generation"--one that insults the audience's intelligence and just looks like a lazy attempt to fill the time slot. It is so bad and so irrelevant that I recommend you skip it completely--you really don't need to bother with this one.

When the episode begins, Riker's leg is injured while on an away team mission. However, this is no mere scratch--the thing festers and cannot be eliminated using the transporter's bio-filters. Soon, Riker is dying and Dr. Pulaski is fighting to save his life.

This doesn't sound that bad, does it? Well, no...the concept isn't bad. However, this only takes up a tiny fraction of the show. Most of it consists of clips of Riker from other episodes--and they appear to be completely random in how they are used. Relevant or not--they are tossed into "Shades of Gray" and the sum effect is a show that obviously no one gave a crap about when they made it. A complete waste of time and the worst simply because there have been episodes with dumber premises (such as the baseball game episode from "Deep Space 9"), but at least they TRIED something different with these shows. Here, it's just an attempt to re-use old footage and otherwise take the week off from production! Awful.


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