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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Gul Ocett
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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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Trivia

John Cothran, Jr. (Nu'Daq) also played Telok in DS9 "Crossover" and Gralik Durr in Enterprise "The Shipment". See more »

Goofs

When Picard, Crusher, Worf and Captain Nu'Daq beam down together, both Dr. Crusher and Captain Nu'Daq materialize with their right leg slightly elevated and ahead of themselves in a step-like position due to the uneven topography of the beam-down site. The transporter pad they beamed down from is a flat surface. There would be no reason to keep one foot elevated. See more »

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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*.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Next Generation: True Q (1992) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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It explains the bad makeup :p
28 May 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm going to make a simple comment on this great episode. But this is in my personal opinion the *most* important Star Trek episode of all the series combined as it explains the origin of the humans, klingons, cardasians, romulans and many others.

All along many people complained as to why ALL the ST races looked alike (basically humans with long ears, humans with tattoos on their neck, humans with blue skin, humans with ridged forehead, etc) and of course the painfully boring explanation was due to the lack of budget for makeup.

But this actually gives a real "star trekish" explanation for it all and it's rather convincing. I'm not spoiling anything, but if you ever were curious as to why not all species look like a rag-tag team of freaks like in star wars but rather a bunch of human-look-alikes... this episode will explain to you why is that.

Bottom line, crucial episode if you want to understand Star Trek.


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