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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For this episode, composer and conductor Ron Jones had a smaller orchestra than would become the norm for the series - 31 players, as opposed to a 40+-piece ensemble. See more »

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The wires supporting the chair are visible when Wesley is demonstrating his portable tractor beam. See more »

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Lt. Cmdr. Data: We are more alike than unlike, my dear Captain. I have pores; humans have pores. I have... fingerprints; humans have fingerprints. My chemical nutrients are like your blood. If you prick me - do I not... leak?
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References Star Trek: The Naked Time (1966) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main title
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith & 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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