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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According to Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes sharply criticized this episode, going so far as to calling it the worst episode he ever did, saying he felt "totally ashamed" by it. However, while recalling the first season (at a time near the end of the series), Frakes noted on how much greater the chances the writers took on the show than they did at the end of the series. In contrasting Star Trek: The Next Generation: Skin of Evil (1988), which he described as "absurd" and one of that season's "misses", he described this episode as "great" in as far as it being "the episode which we've never done anything quite like where everyone got drunk and horny. That was risky." See more »

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Correcting Commander Riker's wording, Data mentions the correct term for what happened to the science ships's bridge crew from "sucked" (Riker's term) to "blown". Actually, the term "suck" is defined as a fluid or mass traveling from a high pressure region to one of low pressure so Riker's statement about them having been sucked out was factually correct. See more »

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Lt. Tasha Yar: Do you know how old I was when I was abandoned?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Chronological age? No. I am afraid I am not familiar with...
Lt. Tasha Yar: Five. Five years old. But I survived. I learned how to stay alive, how to avoid the rape gangs. I was fifteen before I escaped.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: I am sorry. I did not know.
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Fun and entertaining!
25 April 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

When the majority of the crew are infected with a Psi2000 type virus they all start acting weird and/or jumping into bed with each other! I was a tad irked that such a young show was stealing ideas from it's predecessor at such an early stage but I'm glad to see how wrong I was to be worried! These guys were working well together and we are only on the second episode!! Patrick and Brent are brilliant in this when infected and are genuinely funny. The final solution to their impending jeopardy is a brilliantly conceived idea and gave Wesley a nod at such an early stage of the show. In a nutshell, a fun episode that escapes from all the usual tech babble and just has a little fun!


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