On mission to observe the development of protostars in the Volterra nebula, Picard is visited by his old Academy archeology professor Galen, who invites him on a long expedition he claims to be of historical importance. Being refused again in favor of fleet duty, Galen goes alone, but his shuttle is captured by Eurydians, who sell his vital findings, which Data, laForge and Crusher help decipher as an incredible DNA sequence,common to at let 19 independent life geneses - as it turns out, it was sold to the Klingons and Cardassians too, who arrive simultaneously at the planet where they suspect the common source, which included a 'program'. Yet this setting holds further surprises from still other races... Written by
Did You Know?
The episode's premise was inspired by Carl Sagan
's novel Contact (later filmed as Contact
(1997)), in which clues to the nature of the universe are discovered in a long calculation of Pi. See more
When the Enterprise is supposed to be at warp, we can see through the viewscreen on the Bridge that it clearly isn't. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
The Kurlan civilization believed that an individual was a community of individuals. Inside us are... many voices, each with its... its own desires, its own style, its-its... its own view of the world.
Referenced in Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more