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

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2: Episode 1 -- While preparing to transport a deadly plague to a research lab, the crew is stunned by the announcement of Counselor Troi's pregnancy.


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Original Air Date:
19 November 1988 (Season 2, Episode 1)
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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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
Nancy J. Hvasta Leonardi .... makeup artist
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
Frederick Lietzman .... prop maker
Joe Longo .... property master
Richard McKenzie .... set designer
Michael Okuda .... scenic artist
Charles Russo .... assistant property master
Al Smutko .... construction coordinator
Rick Sternbach .... senior illustrator
Herman F. Zimmerman .... original set designer (as Herman Zimmerman)
Michael W. Moore .... props (uncredited)
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
John Basset .... visual effects coordinator (remastered version)
Max Gabl .... lead matte artist (remastered version)
Jordan Hassay .... visual effects editor: remastered version
Robert Legato .... visual effects supervisor
Matthew Mullarkey .... visual effects artist
Michael Van Fleet .... systems administrator: remastered version
Gregory Jein .... model maker (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Earl Burnett .... first assistant camera: Additional Photography/VFX Unit
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)
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
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

45 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

This takes place in 2365.See more »
Continuity: Data says that the energy transference was aft, outboard of the port nacelle. Actually the "child" entered the ship near where the star-drive section of the ship joins the saucer section. In addition there is no "outboard" of either nacelle as they make op an outside edge of the ship.See more »
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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The adventure continues . . ., 14 April 2006
Author: russem31 from United States

ST:TNG:27 - "The Child" (Stardate: 42073.1) - this is the 1st episode of the 2nd season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. This episode marks the first of many firsts.

1. Dr. Beverly Crusher has gone off to head Starfleet Medical and won't come back until season 3 (trivia: this is a position she will later hold after Star Trek: Nemesis).

2. In her place is Dr. Kate Pulaski (played by Diana Muldaur - who is a Star Trek veteran, having starred as Lt.Cmdr.Ann Mulhall/Thalassa and Dr. Miranda Jones - 2 separate characters in 2 separate episodes of the Original Series). She is very much like Dr. McCoy in her disdain for technology - this is made apparent with her initial disregard for Data.

3. Geordi La Forge is now chief engineer (after the rotating chief engineers of the 1st season) and now has a yellow uniform instead of red.

4. Worf is now also upgraded to chief of security, filling the spot that Tasha Yar had until she died. Worf also has a yellow uniform in place of red now, AND better makeup effects for his face than in the first season.

5. Commander Riker now has a beard - he won't be clean-shaven again until Star Trek: Insurrection - a good 10 years from now!

6. Whoopi Goldberg makes her first of many appearances as the bartender Guinan - she is a mysterious figure supposedly a friend of Picard's - this mystery will slowly unravel itself as the seasons progress.

7. In the same vain, Ten Forward, the bar that Guinan runs is shown for the first time. Ten Forward will be seen in many of the episodes.

8. Troi gets the hairstyle we're accustomed to from this episode on - "Old Bunhead" as she was known in season 1 is no more.

9. Troi names her "child" Ian Andrew, after her father.

10. Colm Meany returns, this time in charge of the transporters - he wasn't seen since the pilot episode "Encounter At Farpoint".

11. You can see many new Enterprise shots, including seeing the Enterprise physically go into warp from the point of view of inside the ship (in this case in Ten Forward).

Indeed, the second season slowly but surely feels more like the series we will come to know as it becomes more comfortable being a series of its own, and not one that relies on Star Trek's past.

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