After a century of silence, the Enterprise receives a message from the Shelia system informing them that they have discovered a human colony on a world in their sector. As they will be ... See full summary »

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After a century of silence, the Enterprise receives a message from the Shelia system informing them that they have discovered a human colony on a world in their sector. As they will be colonizing the planet themselves in four days time, they want the Enterprise to evacuate all humans from their territory. The planet in question is in a high radiation zone and no one can understand how any human could be living there. As Data is immune to the radiation he is sent to the planet to arrange for the inhabitants departure. Once there however, he finds there is a population of 15,000 and is informed they have no intention of leaving. While Picard must find a way to get the Sheliak more time, Data enlists the help of one of the locals in his attempt to convince them to leave. Written by garykmcd

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This takes place in 2366. See more »

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The shuttlecraft Onizuka has the number "05". However, in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time Squared and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Transfigurations, that number belongs to the shuttle "El Baz". See more »

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Gosheven: Here we stand!
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Then here you die.
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Edited into Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Maquis: Part 1 (1994) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Quite good.
15 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Long, long ago, the Shelliac and Federation negotiated a treaty delineating who owned what portions of space. However, unknown to both sides, a group of humans settled on a world in the Shelliac system. Now, many years later, the Shelliac are about to colonize this world and want the humans off NOW. And, if they aren't all removed in four days, the remaining ones will be liquidated. But there are two problems. The Enterprise expected only a dozen or so settlers--not many thousand. And, the leader of the settlers is an idiot and refuses to move--even though Commander Data informed him that they will be killed by the Shelliac. At the same time, Picard is finding it difficult to talk with the Shelliac--they are unwilling to change their plans. So what's going to happen...genocide?

This was a better than average episode for three main reasons. First, it did NOT stay on the ship and including missions to both the Shelliac and the colony. Second, Data had a relationship with a colonist that was interesting--and gives insight into him and his quest for humanity. Third, I loved watching Picard dealing with the Shelliac--he was hilarious and at his best. Overall, well worth seeing.


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