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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" The Child (1988)

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Writers:
Gene Roddenberry (created by)
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Original Air Date:
19 November 1988 (Season 2, Episode 1)
Genre:
Plot:
Deanna is impregnated by a unknown alien life-form, and Dr. Katherine Pulaski joins the Enterprise as the ship's new Chief Medical Officer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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According to IMDb, Miss Sirtis disliked this episode...but I thought the concept was amazing and highly original. See more (9 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Rob Bowman 
 
Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (created by)

Jaron Summers (writer) &
Jon Povill (writer) and
Maurice Hurley (writer)

Produced by
Burton Armus .... producer
Rick Berman .... co-executive producer
Mike Gray .... producer
Maurice Hurley .... co-executive producer
Peter Lauritson .... associate producer
David Livingston .... line producer
John Mason .... producer
Gene Roddenberry .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dennis McCarthy 
 
Cinematography by
Edward R. Brown (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Benko 
 
Casting by
Junie Lowry-Johnson 
 
Production Design by
Richard D. James 
 
Set Decoration by
Jim Mees 
 
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss (original costumes)
Durinda Wood  (as Durinda Rice Wood)
 
Makeup Department
Sue Forrest Chambers .... makeup artist
Carolyn Ferguson .... hair stylist
Gerald Quist .... makeup artist
Richard Sabre .... hair designer
Michael Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Sam Freedle .... unit production manager
Wendy Neuss .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Les Landau .... first assistant director
Robert J. Metoyer .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe Longo .... property master
Richard McKenzie .... set designer
Michael Okuda .... scenic artist
Al Smutko .... construction coordinator
Rick Sternbach .... senior illustrator
Herman F. Zimmerman .... original set designer (as Herman Zimmerman)
 
Sound Department
Alan Bernard .... sound mixer
Wilson Dyer .... sound editor
Alfred T. Ferrante .... adr/foley mixer
Mace Matiosian .... sound editor
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor
James Wolvington .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Dick Brownfield .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Max Gabl .... lead matte artist (remastered version)
Jordan Hassay .... visual effects editor: remastered version
Robert Legato .... visual effects supervisor
Matthew Mullarkey .... visual effects artist
Gregory Jein .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Cronn .... chief lighting technician
Brian Mills .... first company grip
Lowell Peterson .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Elisa Goodman .... casting associate
Helen Mossler .... casting executive
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cha Blevins .... key costumer
Janet Stout .... costume supervisor
 
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... composer: main title theme
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: main title theme
Gerry Sackman .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Alan Kaminsky .... driver generator operator
 
Other crew
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor
Diane Overdiek .... production coordinator
Susan Sackett .... production associate
Tracy Tormé .... creative consultant
Eric A. Stillwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gene Roddenberry  created by

Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist
R. Christopher Biggs .... special makeup effects artist
Dean Jones .... makeup artist
Michael R. Jones .... makeup artist
Nina Kent .... makeup artist
Michael Key .... makeup artist
Mike Smithson .... makeup artist
Rick Stratton .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Dempsey .... dga trainee
Bruce Sears .... dga trainee
Richard 'Dub' Wright .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Lloyd A. Buswell .... construction foreman (seasons 1-7)
Sharon Davis .... graphics assistant
Dragon Dronet .... weapons, specialty props and miniatures
Jim Dultz .... assistant art director
Gregory A. Weimerskirch .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Marty Church .... foley mixer
 
Special Effects by
Edward J. Franklin .... special effects
John Palmer .... special effects coordinator
Robert Cole .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Les Bernstien .... motion control
C.W. Fallin .... motion control operator
Simon Holden .... digital compositor
Bruce Jones .... visual effects producer
Gray Marshall .... motion control operator
Karl J. Martin .... digital artist
Chris B. Schnitzer .... motion control technician (seasons 6 and 7)
Steven J. Scott .... digital compositor
Ken Stranahan .... visual effects
Greg Stuhl .... miniatures: Greg Jein, Inc.
Peter Webb .... digital compositor
Peter W. Moyer .... visual effects compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Rick Avery .... stunts
LaFaye Baker .... stunts
Chuck Borden .... stunts
Ericka Bryce .... stunts
John Cade .... stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
Alex Daniels .... stunt creatures
Nick Dimitri .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Terry James .... stunts
Maria R. Kelly .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Dan Koko .... stunt double: Jonathan Frakes (1987-1991)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Scott Leva .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
John Nowak .... stunt double
Rex Pierson .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Michael J. Sarna .... stunts
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Block .... director of photography: second unit
Brian S. Cooper .... electrician
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Frederick Iannone .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
 
Editorial Department
Alan Chudnow .... assistant editor
Tim Tommasino .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Scott Cochran .... scoring mixer: advertising music
John Debney .... conductor
 
Other crew
Gregory Benford .... scientific consultant
Hala Gabriel .... production accountant
Dolores Hundley-Arce .... assistant accountant
Suzie Shimizu .... production accountant
 
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This takes place in 2365.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When one of the plasma specimen begins to grow, there is a great deal of hand-wringing about what to do. Riker does suggest to jettison the module, but Hester Dealt explains that it would remain harmful and endanger any ship or planet it comes into contact with.See more »
Quotes:
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 know he'll get his sleep
[looks to Worf and smiles]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
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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
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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