The crew of the Enterprise is infected with a virus that causes them to behave as though they were intoxicated.



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Kenny Koch ...


Picard and the crew of the Enterprise are set to rendezvous with a Federation scientific vessel studying the collapse of a super red giant star into a white dwarf. As they near the ship however, they receive odd communications from the vessel, almost as if they are all drunk. When one of the crew blows an outer hatch, the crew is killed. An away team investigates but acquire a virus-like disease that makes them appear drunk and removes all inhibitions. As it spreads throughout the ship, Picard and Riker try to maintain discipline while Dr. Crusher tries to find a cure. Riker recalls a similar situation in the history of ships named Enterprise and that gives them a head start but not before an infected Wesley Crusher disables the engines just as the sun explodes leaving the ship in destruction's path. Written by garykmcd

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3 October 1987 (USA)  »

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When Riker and MacDougal are trapped in Engineering, Riker refers to a tool as a "Sonic Driver". This may be a reference to Doctor Who (1963)'s sonic screwdriver. See more »


Dr. Crusher is upset and worried when Riker touches her, after he got infected himself previously. Yet whenever treating La Forge, the first person to be infected, at no time does she wear gloves or any other type of protection for herself, which a good doctor in the given situation would normally always do. See more »


Lt. Cmdr. Data: There was a rather peculiar limerick, being delivered by someone in the shuttlecraft bay. I am not sure I understand it... "There was a young lady from Venus, whose body was shaped like a... "
Capt. Picard: Captain to Security, come in!
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Did I say something wrong?
Lieutenant Worf: I don't understand their humor either.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith & Alexander Courage
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a brilliant intro
2 February 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

When the crew of the Starship Enterprise find a ship adrift in space, they need to find out not only what killed the crew, but what appears to be affecting their own crew as well....

This episode was actually the first one filmed, and it's certainly a rather intimate one to begin with! Probably why the cast became so tight knit over the 7 year run.

There's humour abounding and several scenes now considered "classic". It was the first ever episode I watched of Star Trek (I never saw Original as a kid) and what an introduction! It led to a love of both the series and Data in particular.

Definitely one not to miss!

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