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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3 October 1987 (USA)  »

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The limerick that Data quotes, was written by Star Trek (1966) writer David Gerrold. The complete version of the limerick can be found in the third book of his War Against the Chtorr series: A Rage for Revenge. See more »


When Data informs the Captain of a similar event having taken place on Captain Kirk's Enterprise the computer graphic shows a model of the refit-version of a Constitution class Starship. But Kirk had to deal with the Psi-2000 virus on his first five year mission (Star Trek: The Naked Time), way before the refit of the Enterprise, which did not occur until Star Trek: The Motion Picture. See more »


Jim Shimoda: Never got as far as sickbay, Wes. I feel too good for that.
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Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Better, But Wesley-Heavy
16 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is an homage to an original series episode, and is actually rather fun: the entire crew become 'drunk' on an intoxicating anomaly and it's all rather silly. However, annoyingly the episode focuses heavily on young Master Crusher, who begins here to make a habit of being a meddling little git. Oh, and Data and Tasha Yar have get it on. In fact, seeing the entire crew as a shambles this early on in the season is incredibly refreshing; all of the stoic seriousness of Starfleet which has only just been introduced is out of the window already. All in all, quite a breeze, one of those stock Wesley-redeems-mistake episodes which you can never quite forgive him for.

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