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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Lt. Commander Data: What is your condition, Doctor?
Doctor Pulaski: Not exactly up to factory specs.
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Genetics
29 June 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

When The USS Enterprise intercepts the USS Lantree they are startled to find the crew dead of old age. The Enterprise heads to the Lantree's last stop, the Darwin Genetic Research Station. They find the Staff and Doctors all suffering of premature ageing. They are doing the same old rhetoric of tampering with Humans' dna and genetic structure. The children, the experiment, are super intelligent and mature for their age being the cause of the problem. Without ruining the story too much, the experiment is the result of the premature ageing and the station is quarantined and the Enterprise wistfully departs. Some great make up and storytelling here and the return to the experimenting on Humans to improve the race just does not work. We also learn of Pulaski's hatred for the transporter.....


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