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
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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
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
[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.
Fair's fair. And let's credit his science teacher, too.
Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more