The Enterprise checks on the Argus array, a giant Federation outskirts astronomical telescope, which stopped signaling data months ago. Geordi and mentally rehabilitated engineer Lieutenant Reg Barclay, try to repair it but an intense energy surge from an alien probe of unknown technology electrocutes Barclay and even causes serious damage on board the ship. Barclay soon recovers while the probe follows closely, building up a dangerous field but unresponsive to full phasers. Now Barclay demonstrates surprising insight and knowledge, saving the situation by repairing power and getting photon torpedoes ready which destroy the probe. Reg's useful but inexplicable erudition proves invaluable for telescope repairs too. Even his theatrical, romantic (towards Troi) and formerly inexistent violin performances improve suddenly , thanks to a confidence boost. When Dr. Crusher finds his brain improved more then any human causing unprecedented intelligence, he is also considered a potential risk.... Written by
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Elements of the story are reminiscent of the 'Jupiter Mission' section of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Both use the device of an intelligent, self-aware supercomputer taking control of a space ship, against the wishes of the human crew. Barclay even speaks the line, "I'm afraid I can't do that, Sir.", almost mimicking the iconic line, spoken by Hal 9000, "I'm sorry, Dave, Im afraid I can't do that." See more
The Cytherians are exploring the galaxy, just as we are. The only difference is that they never leave their home. They bring others here. Their only wish: an exchange of knowledge. They want to know us!
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more