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: The Autobiography of George Takei, that he thought this episode was a total copy of one of the best original series episodes, 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 »

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When Pichard and Crusher are talking in his ready room the camera zooms into their faces very close. They are standing just a few inches apart and Pichard can be heard giggling. Not only is giggling inappropriate (Pichard has not been infected) but his lips seem to move as if he were saying something. See more »

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[Wesley has saved Enterprise from destruction with a repulsor beam]
Commander William T. Riker: It's only fair to mention Wesley in a log entry, sir.
Capt. Picard: Fair's fair. And let's credit his science teacher, too.
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D-: Awkward rewrite of a TOS episode.
12 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a reasonably promising start our new Enterprise crew are thrust ever backwards into a clumsy rehashing of an old TOS episode that I wasn't too much of a fan of the first time around.

This episode easily takes the cake for "weakest episode of TNG", and if it weren't for the equally poor Voyager effort "Threshold" might well be considered the worst story ever written for the franchise. It shows us some of the problems the early seasons had: Picard changing from sympathetic and controlled to barking orders at people, Riker still too much of a Kirk clone for his own good and Wesley being the cocky kid genius that is about as welcome as Scrappy was to Scooby-Doo.

If you've seen the original episode "The Naked Time", you'll know what to expect. Crew finds virus, virus makes people giddy with joy and hijinx like they're drunk, virus spreads rapidly and is immune to old remedies. Embarrassing situations ensue.

Cringeworthy humour can work given the right script and actors (see The Office UK and Peep Show) but for all the strengths of the team, it falls flat here, with a lot of things unintentionally hilarious and some others painful to watch.

I think the scene with Data and Tasha sums it up; "it never happened".


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