Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 1

The Child (19 Nov. 1988)

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Deanna is impregnated by a unknown alien life-form, and Dr. Katherine Pulaski joins the Enterprise as the ship's new Chief Medical Officer.

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The ship has a new chief medical officer, Dr. Katherine Pulaski, now that Beverley Crusher has been made head of Starfleet Medical. The Enterprise is on an emergency mission to collect plague samples for analysis but Counselor Troi unexpectedly finds herself pregnant. She also finds her pregnancy advancing very quickly with conception to birth expected to take no more than 48 hours. Once born the child, whom Troi names Ian Andrew after her father, grows at a rapid rate proceeding through childhood in a matter of hours. Meanwhile Guinan, who tends the bar in Ten Forward, a crew lounge, gives Wesley Crusher some advice. Written by garykmcd

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This is not the first time we see Wesley Crusher in uniform. See more »

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When transporting the specimens into the containment units in cargo bay 5 (O'Brien called it cargo deck 5) Geordi tells transporter room 3 that they were ready to proceed. The cargo bays have their own transporters which were seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Datalore and Star Trek: The Next Generation: 11001001. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher has expressed his desire to remain on the Enterprise.
Commander William T. Riker: I see. And, how did you respond?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I haven't yet, Number One, I didn't feel it was my decision alone. His remaining, will have effects on all of us.
Commander William T. Riker: Good point, with his mother gone, who will see to his studies?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: That's true. Of course, that responsibility would fall to Commander Data.
Commander William T. Riker: And, who will tuck him in at night?
Wesley Crusher: [embarrassed] Come on, Commander!
Lieutenant Worf: [somewhat reluctant] I will accept that responsibility.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Well, we...
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According to IMDb, Miss Sirtis disliked this episode...but I thought the concept was amazing and highly original.
12 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Often, I have found that when my reviews for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" it's usually because I dislike a show and others haven't. However, this is an unusual case where I loved a show that was generally disliked or at least scored in the mediocre range. And, interesting, Marina Sirtis (who starred in this particular episode) especially disliked it! Yet, I thought it was terrific.

When the show begins, the Enterprise passes through space and an alien presence enters the ship. However, it looks more like a tiny glowing light and is not detected. Now here's where it gets weird-- the light impregnates Counselor Troi and soon the new doctor, Dr. Pulaski, informs the Captain. Soon, things get even weirder, as instead of the normal 10 month gestation period for Betazoids, the child is delivered (pain-free and without all the icky amniotic fluids) only a few days later! Soon, the child has grown to appear about age 8 within a day!!! At the same time, however, a very dangerous load of plasma plague is taken aboard and the child might just pose a risk to this cargo.

I loved the concept of an alien race creating a link to humans through an impregnation--talk about a first contact! To me, it's one of the more interesting concepts I've seen in the series. While I felt a tiny bit disappointed how it all resolved itself, it still worked very well and made for an interesting and emotionally-charged episode. I especially liked Ms. Sirtis' acting--watching her cry and emote was quite nice, as it expanded her otherwise limited range on the show.

By the way, I felt a little bad for Diana Muldaur in this and subsequent episodes. Her task of substituting for Gates McFadden's character wasn't easy at all. But, the writers sure made it a lot tougher with the dialog they saddled her with when it came to Data. She comes off as surprisingly clueless and insensitive towards him-- referring to him as 'it' and acting rather patronizing towards him. In hindsight, I don't think this was a wise decision. Having her be curious and even a bit taken aback would have worked, but in the Trekkie 24th century, she seems out of step due to her prejudices towards him.


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