A startling surprise awaits the crew of the Enterprise when a mission costs the life of a crew member, who left her son behind.

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Beaming down to the ruined planet of the Quaenonians, a race extinguished by self-destruction, an Enterprise landing party loses in an explosion the life of the crew archaeologist Lt. Marla Aster, who leaves behind a teenager son, Jeremy. After Lieutenant Worf, the Klingon orphan raised by humans who commanded his mother's landing party, talked with Jeremy, while Wesley Crusher, the crew member closest in age to the boy, still needs to consider how to share the experience of being orphaned, suddenly a woman appears, who pretends to Jeremy to be his late mother, coming to take him to their new home on the planet, where some activity is observed, which even taps into the ships own energy. When Deanna Troi convinces the boy neither his mother nor a safe home on the planet can be real, she disappears, the ship is attacked, she reappears and an energy form intrudes the Enterprise. Maybe persuasion works better in his interest on Jeremy's would be-substitute mother, who explains the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Ronald D Moore's original idea was for Jeremy Aster to recreate his mother on the holodeck, however Gene Roddenberry nixed the idea, believing in the 24th century children would have a greater acceptance of death. See more »

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While Jeremy is looking around his apparent home on Earth, he calls the cat "he". The cat is a calico, three coloured cat. All three coloured cats are female. See more »

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Lieutenant Worf: The Marla Aster I knew and honored is not in this room, nor does she await you on the planet. She now only lives here...
[he touches his chest, then Jeremy's]
Lieutenant Worf: ...and here.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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A Child's Loss
14 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An archaeologist loses her life on what appeared to be a safe mission. A leftover explosive device from a centuries old war explode causes her death. Unfortunately, she has a ten year old son, Jeremy, who is now orphaned, his father succumbing to disease earlier. As Troi tries to work with the boy, a manifestation arises from the planet. Suddenly, the dead woman appears in the boy's room, whole again and promising never to leave him. Picard assumes the activity on the planet is causing this, but in his delicate condition, the boy latches on to hope that this is, indeed, his mother. The "woman" wants Jeremy to go to the planet's surface and it is necessary to use the transporter. They do everything to withhold the transporter from the pair, but the thing is persistent. It even recreates the childhood home including a cat that the boy loved. It is sad that the finality of death is such a part of our being, but the sterility of the this entity would prove harmful to the boy's psyche. It is up to the real living to end this. Also, the explanation of the entity itself is quite unique.


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