Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 7

Unnatural Selection (28 Jan. 1989)

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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... See full summary »

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

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The nature of Darwin Station's experiments violate Federation laws regarding genetics, according to Star Trek canon, yet this problem is never mentioned. See more »

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Doctor Pulaski: [voice-over] Scientists believe no experiment is a failure, that even a mistake advances the evolution of understanding. -... - But all achievement has a price. For one brief glimpse at the mysterious blueprint of human evolution, the men and women of the USS Lantree paid with their lives. Their sacrifice is thus noted in this scientist's log.
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An interesting idea...too bad that so much of the episode seems overly familiar.
13 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Much of "Unnatural Selection" is quite good. It's sad, then, that the show starts off with a serious deficit because so much of the show seems like a remake of one of the original "Star Trek" shows, "The Deadly Years".

The Enterprise receives a distress signal from a Federation ship. But, by the time they arrive to help, the entire crew is dead-- killed by some disease that turned young and healthy people into old folks who died from 'natural causes' due to age. This certainly isn't good but is worse because it looks identical to the earlier show (and I hate repetition).

Fortunately, what follows is still an interesting episode. HOW the virus occurred and how they come up with a solution is all very fascinating. My only other complaint, though, is that the scientists at the Gagarin Station seemed amazingly stupid and unscientific in their thinking...and this didn't make a lot of sense. Flawed but worth seeing.


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