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?
This episode contains a landmark in-story explanation about why most Star Trek alien species look basically human. Many fans feel the story should have been expanded into a two-part story or a movie, as such an important revelation was given minimal screen time, and treated as an issue-of-the-week despite its profound importance. 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
I had a father. But he was like a father who understood me. And he had his own children, but they didn't follow in his footsteps, so... I was like the son who understood *him*.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more