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
Did You Know?
Chief O'Brien was a last-minute addition to the episode's teleplay. Originally, the story featured a young engineering genius named Rina, whose beauty causes her male colleagues to repeatedly experience pratfalls, and who also had a romantic subplot with La Forge. Showrunner Maurice Hurley
found the character obnoxious and deleted her when he rewrote the teleplay, replacing her with Colm Meaney
's until-then nameless character, who was finally named and had his personality expanded upon. See more
The research facility uses cathode-ray tubes. See more
The children will survive, but the rest of us are just about out of time.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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