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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The holographic image of the containment module Geordi calls up that is projected from Picard's table is the last time we see such 3D imagery used during conferences and meetings to display information. This method was used in the first season to show information on planets, ships, and star systems, but for the rest of the show's run, the 2D displays embedded in the walls of the observation lounge are used for this purpose. See more »

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When Ian's body reverts to a glowing life force entity and enters Deanna's hands she is cupping her hands side by side. When the camera angle changes she has her left hand cupped in her right hand. See more »

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Wesley Crusher: Thanks.
Guinan: For a dish of Dovlarian soufflé?
Wesley Crusher: No, not for the soufflé. I meant... for the rest.
Guinan: 't's why I'm here.
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Not quite sure why the score is below 6
27 March 2014 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

This is a very good episode out of the earlier ones. I believe that there may be something wrong with the ratings or someone has put 1 by mistake.

The episode is not so much exciting as it is "moving" and well executed. On the other hand it does contain a certain amount of intensity that is seen throughout the Star Trek TNG series.

The main reason for me rating this episode is down to the oddly low rating. There are a few "not-so-good" episodes throughout the entire series. This, however, is always remembered by me as one of the better ones (out of the earlier episodes).

EDIT: The only problem is that it is a little bit slow paced at times. I originally gave this a 10 but I have downgraded it to 7 because it is good in comparison to other early episodes but it is not one of the best overall.


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