The crew of the Enterprise must race against various rival powers to uncover an archaeological secret that explains the predominance of humanoid life forms in the galaxy.

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Captain Nu'Daq (as John Cothran Jr.)
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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 KGF Vissers

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The first time that Humans, Klingons, Romulans and Cardassians all appear in the same episode. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Lt. Commander Data: My upper spinal support is a poly-alloy, designed to withstand extreme stress. My skull is composed of cortenide and duranium.
[after Nu'Daq has almost knocked himself out trying to head-butt Data]
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Referenced in Star Trek: Generations (1994) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Aliens with Egg on their Faces
1 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When an old professor of Jean-Luc's turns up on the Enterprise with a priceless gift, he knows that something is up. He is trying to talk the Captain into going on an archaeological venture with him, the chance of a lifetime. Picard turns him down because of his commitment to his ship and crew and sends the man on his way in a shuttlecraft. Soon forces of the Kardassians, the Klingons, and Romulans show their ugly faces and the shuttle is destroyed. Picard begins to feel guilty about leaving his mentor to the dogs. There is something on that planet that is attracting these guys. In the process of attempting to find out what, we learn a lot about the races that have become regular foes for the humans. This is a pretty moralistic episode and works pretty well.


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