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While Riker, Data, Crusher and various other crew enjoy a recreational day on an earth-like human colony, they are hit by an electrical storm but succeed in hiding safely in a cave they make collapse after Riker recognizes it's an attack of the feared crystalline entity. After their release, xenologist Dr. Kila Marr is brought in, who specializes in studying the creature which needs to destroy an entire community to feed on given its immense energy consumption. Picard forces her to take Data in the investigatory team, although she suspects he might be in league with it as his brother was, but comes to appreciate his objective scientific input and even takes a liking to him after learning he has and can evoke many memories of the victims of an earlier crystalline attack in which her son Remi perished. Despite a new crystalline attack destroying a space-ship, the crew decides to attempt communicating and works out to do so by graviton beam, in which experiment Dr. Marr takes part... Written by KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2368. See more »

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After Dr. Marr ramps up the frequency to destroy the Crystalline Entity, and it starts to shake and resonate with the graviton pulses, you can see the star field behind the entity also shaking, indicating there was additional camera shake involved. The Enterprise is not shaking, only the Crystalline Entity, so the star field should not have shaken along with the entity. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [on the Crystalline Entity] If we can determine what its needs are, we might find other sources to supply it.
Dr. Kila Marr: Its needs are to slaughter people by the thousands. It is nothing but a giant killing machine!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Doctor, the sperm whale on Earth devours millions of cuttlefish as it roams the oceans. It is not evil; it is feeding. The same may be true of the Entity.
Dr. Kila Marr: That would be small comfort for those who have died to feed it. We're not talking about cuttlefish; we're talking about people!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I would ...
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Datalore (1988) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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I felt like socking Picard on the nose!
22 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode begins with Riker about to get his groove on with yet another alien when out of nowhere comes that dreaded Crystaline entity. It kills some of the settlers (depriving Riker of some more nookie) and the rest miraculously survive and are rescued by the Enterprise.

Soon, Dr. Kila Marr (Ellen Geer--daughter of Will Geer, by the way) comes to the Enterprise to monitor the entity as they pursue it. It seems that in addition to knowing more about the killing machine that anyone, her son was also killed by it--and she is ticked! However, Picard soon makes it clear that his goal is NOT to kill it (even though it basically eats planets) and wants to try to establish contact with the crystalline entity). Naturally Dr. Marr is NOT pleased with Picard's namby-pamby attitude. What's next?

This episode was unusual in that I really found myself hating Picard. I understand about the Federation's whole Prime Directive thing, but the creature eats planets...and he wants to try to be it's pal! He also seems indifferent to the thousands (and perhaps billions) of folks it's killed. And, at the end, SHE is seen as a baddie because Dr. Marr wants to kill it. I say KILL IT!!! A strangely unsatisfying episode.


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