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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In one scene, Dr. Pulaski pronounces Data's name as "dat-uh" instead of the proper "day-tah" (to which Data corrects her). Prior to the debut of the series pilot, Data's name was originally to be pronounced "dat-uh", before it was changed to the current format. Other such original character traits prior to the changes include Capt. Picard's first name to be Julien, Riker's name to be spelled "Ryker", and Wesley Crusher was to be Leslie Crusher, Dr. Crusher's daughter. See more »

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While Captain Picard is on his way to 10-Forward seeking out Doctor Pulaski, he engages Wesley Crusher in a conversation. Once the conversation is over, we see Picard leaving and walking past us. However there is a brief moment where the captain's right side comes back into the left of the frame, even though he has walked past us and down the corridor (as evidenced by Wesley watching the captain walking past us). 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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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Offspring (1990) See more »

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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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