Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 5

The Bonding (21 Oct. 1989)

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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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When they're scanning the planet, you see Valles Marineris on Mars. See more »

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In the teaser, Troi begins to sense the danger to the away team almost half a minute before it happens. However, as she is neither a precognitive (which would allow her to see the away team's future) nor a clairvoyant (which would allow her to see the trap awaiting the crew), there should be nothing for her to sense before the away team is attacked. See more »

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Lt. Commander Data: Since her death, I have been asked several times to define how well I knew Lieutenant Aster. And I heard you ask Wesley on the bridge how well he knew Jeremy. Does the question of familiarity have some bearing on death?
Commander William T. Riker: Do you remember how we all felt when Tasha died?
Lt. Commander Data: I do not sense the same feelings of absence that I associate with Lieutenant Yar. Although I cannot say precisely why.
Commander William T. Riker: Just human nature, Data.
Lt. Commander Data: Human nature, sir?
Commander William T. Riker: We feel a loss more intensely when it's a friend.
Lt. Commander Data: Hm... But should ...
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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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