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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Shades of Gray (TV Episode 1989) - Plot Summary Poster

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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
  • Riker is injured on an away mission and is infected with a "virus" that binds to his nerves. The virus quickly grows and he is close to death and falls into a coma. In order to keep him alive Doctor Pulaski stimulates his brain and Riker starts dreaming (flashbacks) about happy times from the previous shows. Troi and Doctor Pulaski quickly discover that the type of brain stimulation affects the emotions of the dream which in turn affects the virus and as they try stimulating different parts of the brain the result is different kinds of flashbacks and affects on the virus. They finally find that the fear emotion kills the virus and they stimulate the fear center and the virus is killed.

    - Written by Michael W Hughes

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