Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 25

Transfigurations (2 Jun. 1990)

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The Enterprise finds a deserted planet where a ship has crashed, and, with it, the lone survivor with no memory, but extraordinary healing powers.



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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge is in love but too timid to talk to Christy Henshaw. When a space ship's escape pod is found crashed on an uninhabited planet, he is part of the landing party and has his brain connected by Dr. Crusher to the injured sole traveler, but 'John Doe' makes a massive contact and soon recuperates physically at amazing speed by mysterious cell structure mutations. He has amnesia and by instinctively touching a wounded patient proves able to heal instantly. Geordie and Data examine an unusual memory storage capsule from the pod, which allows estimating his origin, but he refuses to return, and causes his powers to manifest themselves differently. At approach, his home planet Zarkon demands his extradition as escaped criminal, to be executed... Written by KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2366. See more »


Picard makes the verbal observation of John's cellular mutation before the image on the screen shows the cells mutating. See more »


Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: John - I really want to thank you.
John Doe: For what?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I don't know how, or even why, but down on the planet, you gave me something, a... a new confidence.
John Doe: I doubt I can take credit for that. Perhaps I only helped you find something you already had.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Booby Trap (1989) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Another Lost Soul on Board
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A shuttlecraft is brought aboard containing a man who is near death. His vital signs are all over the place. Dr. Crusher makes him her special project and through every trick in the books, she manages to stabilize him. When he has recovered his health, he tells them he has no idea who he is. He knows bits and pieces, one being that there were once more like him but they all perished. Another thing is that he seems to have the gift of healing. He cures O'Brien's dislocated shoulder and when Worf takes a fifteen foot tumble, breaking his back, he touches him and Worf fully recovers. The unfortunate things is that there is a ship with a captain that insists that this guy is a criminal, but when asked what the man did, he won't say. This is one of those kind of transition to a new species shows where the entity is so much more than he appear. Picard is once again faced with needing justification to turn a guest over to a hostile authority. As a matter of fact, these guys are up front in saying that the man will be executed the minute they lay hands on him. Good episode with some spiritual implications.

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