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The Enterprise is en route to Star Station India when receive a distress signal from the USS Lantree, a Federation supply ship. When they arrive, they find everyone aboard the Lantree dying of what seems to be old age. They proceed to the Lantree's last port of call, the Darwin genetic research facility on Gagarin IV only to find that they too are suffering from rapid aging. Picard and Dr. Pulaski clash when she brings aboard one of the children from the station and in order to complete her examination, takes him aboard a shuttle craft in order to isolate him from the Enterprise crew. She is soon infected however and seems doomed to die of old age but Picard may have a solution. Written by garykmcd

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28 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Despite having been on the ship since the series began, this is the first time that Chief O'Brien's name is used. See more »


When the doctor on the station guides Data and Dr Pulaski up the stairs to see the children, as she is moving her right hand up to gesture them up the stairs take a look and you will see where her 'old woman' makeup ends and her real skin begins. See more »


[Dr. Pulaski complains to Troi about not getting along with Captain Picard]
Doctor Pulaski: He has such a consuming dedication to his ship, he doesn't seem to be able to step back to see the human side of the equation.
[Troi smiles]
Doctor Pulaski: What's the matter?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Kate, I don't think he'd be where he is if he couldn't see the human side of the equation. Perhaps the two of you aren't all that different.
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The Old Aging Well......Again
6 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The theme of uncontrollable aging seems to be a favorite of the Star Trek brain trust. In this episode a group of geneticists are playing around with a master-race of children who have aggressive immune systems. The Enterprise quarantines a starship which has on board an entire crew that has died of natural cause due to aging. The ship had been on a planet where the aforementioned engineering was taking place. Now, the same aging process has gone rampant at this facility. These "children" will soon be orphans because those who "parented" them will only last a few days. Dr. Pulaski risks everything by trying to help one of the young men on board a shuttle and is immediately overcome with horrible arthritic pain. She has the condition. She goes to the planet and helps with the research needed to try to figure out what can be done with these test tube tykes (all of whom look like they are in their mid-twenties). It is up to the crew on board to try to solve the problem. Sometimes the accomplishments of these people range beyond the abilities of future scientists. Data again plays a significant role. He, of course, has no worries about the cellular condition that is at the center of all this. It's an interesting episode, but it requires a lot of acceptance from its audience.

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