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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Episode cast overview:
Mark La Mura ...
John Doe (as Mark Lamura)
Nurse Temple


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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In what will become a character trademark on both Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Miles O'Brien reports into Sick Bay after injuring his shoulder in a Holodeck kayak simulation. It's not his first accident since Wesley comments "Kayaking again?" See more »


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


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It is our mission to seek out life in all forms. We're privileged to have been present at the emergence of a new species.
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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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Touching episode.
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:73 - "Transfigurations" (Stardate: 43957.2) - this is the 25th episode of the 3rd season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

When the Enterprise finds a damaged escape pod, they also find a severely inured humanoid whom Dr. Beverly Crusher tries to heal, though she thinks his chances of survival are slim - when he wakes up he doesn't even know who he is. However, he begins to heal at a phenomenal rate, faster than even Dr. Crusher thinks is possible, when he begins to exhibit other symptoms wholly unrelated to his injuries. Soon, he even starts affecting the Enterprise crew including Geordi LaForge who now has new-found confidence in himself (reversing his bad luck streak with women) and heals Chief O'Brien's kayaking wound with a simple touch.

However, soon a ship from this person's homeworld demands his return because he is a criminal and very dangerous.

What is the Enteprise to believe? Trivia note: Julie Warner returns as Christy Henshaw (we last saw her on a dismal date with Geordi in an early 3rd season episode "Booby Trap").

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