Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 2

The Naked Now (3 Oct. 1987)

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



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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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George Takei said in his autobiography, To The Stars, that he thought this episode was a total copy of one of the best Star Trek (1966) original series episodes (Star Trek: The Naked Time (1966)), that it was unoriginal, and it was like seeing "young children putting on their parents' clothes and trying to act like grown-ups." See more »


The opening captain's log states they're "running at warp seven" yet the exterior establishing shot shows no stars moving by the Enterprise indicating they're traveling at sub-light velocity. See more »


Capt. Picard: I put it to you all. I think we shall end up with a fine crew - if we avoid temptation.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation - A XXX Parody (2011) See more »


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Silly and Heavy Handed
26 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My heart sank a bit when I saw this recently. It was only the second offering and I would imagine those who thought that the pilot was setting up an intellectual kind of science fiction was suddenly thrust into a kind of 1950's space commando movie. Wesley Crusher is a loose cannon whose character should have been eased into the series a little at a time. Let him earn his stripes. When one considers the expense and seriousness of these missions, for him to be playing around with such dangerous stuff seems awfully careless. He becomes a cause of trouble and then goes into the solution mode. The Enterprise is affected by a viral condition that causes irrational behavior. One would think that there would be some sort of fail-safe in operation. The fact that the crew is still around for the third episode is a credit to incredible chance and luck. I believe that the series is only strong when the interplanetary forces are at odds and invention is at the fore, coming from those carefully trained in their duties and experiences.

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