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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9 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode begins with the Enterprise approaching a vessel and then hearing the crew jettisoning themselves into space! Obviously something is wrong and when an away team goes to the ship, they find a few dead folks--people who apparently killed themselves! All this SHOULD have alerted someone, as the original TV series encountered the same thing in "The Naked Time"--and their taking so long to get the connection seemed pretty lame.

Occasionally, I wouldn't have minded an episode from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" which was a follow-up to an episode to the original series. However, in the case of "The Naked Now", it's pretty much a rip-off of an earlier show--one that is basically just a remake. A very inauspicious second episode for the series--especially since it added nothing to the old show and none of it comes as a surprise to most of the viewers.

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