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
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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 Klingon vessel first appears it is stated that it appears off the port bow, but can later be seen that it is on the starboard side of the Enterprise. See more
You're wondering who we are; why we have done this; how it has come that I stand before you - the image of a being from so long ago. Life evolved in my planet before all others in this part of the galaxy. We left our world, explored the stars and found none like ourselves. Our civilization thrived for ages. But what is the life of one race, compared to the vast stretches of cosmic time? We knew that one day we would be gone, that nothing of us would survive. So, we left you. Our scientists ...
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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