Ens. Wesley Crusher suffers from the pangs of first love when the Enterprise is tasked to transport a young woman, Salia, back to her home where she is to become the leader of her people. ... See full summary »

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Ens. Wesley Crusher suffers from the pangs of first love when the Enterprise is tasked to transport a young woman, Salia, back to her home where she is to become the leader of her people. Traveling with her is her guardian and teacher, Anya, who is more that just a bit overprotective. Wesley very much wants to be with her - and her likewise with him - but there are few opportunities and Anya continually interferes. Guinan and others provide him with advice. When Salia reveals her true self to him, he re-evaluates his feelings. Written by garykmcd

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Wesley Crusher's superconductor magnet prop, slightly modified, appears again in Star Trek Voyager Prime Factors as the spatial trajector matrix. See more »

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Worf and Dr. Pulaski are both surprised by the existence of shapeshifters with the latter treating the concept as something from a zoological textbook. However, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701) encountered shapeshifters in Star Trek: The Man Trap, Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy and Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Survivor. See more »

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Anya: You'll be happy to see me leave.
Lieutenant Worf: No. You are a worthy opponent.
Anya: Thank you. At heart, we are very much alike.
Lieutenant Worf: Yes, we are.
Anya: Perhaps we shall fight again. On the same side?
Lieutenant Worf: It would be an honor.
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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"Gozer" vs Worf
31 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Who was that girl? There really is not much info on Jaime Hubbard, she was only in a few TV shows from 1989-1995. No Bio, No other info or trivia on her page. I understand she was about 25 years old in this episode, but sells the Alien Teenage Princess thing beautifully.

So of course Wesley develops his first crush. Unfortunately, the girl has a nanny "Anya" acting as a Deflector Shield (Voice Actress Paddi Edwards - Who ironically was the voice of 'Gozer' in Ghostbusters).

In fact, Paddi the nanny was the high point of this Ep. We all thought she was just a protective old woman until she changes into a monster in sick bay. An "Alasamorph" - maybe a distant cousin to Odo, a Shapeshifter, and she's good at it. But her over-protectiveness is interrupting normal ship operations, and Salia (Jaime) is affecting Wesley the same way, he can't get any work done.

Picard confines Anya to quarters. She has a great confrontation with Worf. This gives Salia a chance to sneak out and chase down Wesley.

But "Nothing is as it seems", in more ways than the obvious. It is not simply that the nanny 'Anya' is not who she seemed, but we see Salia talking to a young woman and then a short alien bear. Eventually we figure out that these are also Anya, and she is much more than a Nanny.

Basically this episode is Anya and Selia's taxi ride from Harlem to The Bronx, and what they did to spend the time. The Enterprise is simply a backdrop, and it was lucky for Salia as well that Wesley was there to get all bothered.

This episode was long before they had any digital shots, so there are a couple of transformation sequences done by Dan Currie which were matte paintings shot over each other in rapid succession. The end result was fantastic. Eventually, Foundation Imaging would do CGI for Odo's transformations in DS9, but here, they could do more than the regular Orangish Odo-Goo, you could see the hair and skin textures developing in each piece of the transformation.

This episode in fact had a lot of great imagery, and it was all practical effects. It's worth seeing, even if you don't like Wesleysodes like this. But the Wesley-Salia salivation is not the only connection, there is a strong Anya-Worf connection, and the interaction between Michael Dorn and Paddi Edwards is like watching two boxers in the ring. Or, even better: Two Klingons with Bat'Leth's


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