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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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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Dr. Kate Pulaski: [to herself, analyzing a deadly virus] Some eager beaver at play.
Lt. Commander Data: Query - "Eager beaver"?
Dr. Kate Pulaski: Well, in this case, 'eager beaver' refers to some overachieving genetic engineer who - probably because of lack of anything better to do - has forced this strain of virus to mutate, just so he can see how bad bad can get.
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This is certainly interesting if one doesn't think too much. Sometimes this series goes over into realms beyond speculative physics. I guess the convoluted nature of the plan here has some acceptable parameters. But the whole childbirth thing and all its implications seems pretty far fetched, even for an alien intervention. It is interesting watching Data's fascination with the human (well, almost human) birth. He seems to wired to certain emotional connections. The virus being managed takes on a minor role throughout, and that is at times disappointing. What is even more disappointing is when dumb luck, not based on any actions of the crew or the captain come into play. A couple of other things thrown in. Diana Muldaur and her Dr. Pulaski serving as Crusher's replacement and the maybe/maybe not of Wesley's staying on board the Enterprise. Ho hum!


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