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Wesley's latest science project escapes the lab, threatening the Enterprise and an eminent scientist's life-long project.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Michael Piller (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Ken Jenkins ... Dr. Paul Stubbs
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Mary McCusker ... Nurse
Randal Patrick Randal Patrick ... Crewman #1


The Enterprise brings eminent scientist Dr. Paul Stubbs to the site of a binary star system, expecting a massive stellar explosion to occur in a few hours. He has waited many years for this event and has devoted his entire life to its study. The Enterprise, however, begins to suffer a series of malfunctions, some minor but others far more serious. Wesley may be responsible for all the problems on the ship due to his experiment in nanotechnology escaping the lab. Fearing that the attack on the ship might prevent him from completing his experiments, Stubbs takes matters into his own hands, making matters worse. Meanwhile, Dr. Beverly Crusher, returned to the Enterprise after a year at Starfleet Medical, is concerned over her presence limiting son Wesley's development. Can a 17-year-old boy develop normally if his mother is always around him? Written by garykmcd

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This episode shows the first appearance of the new opening credits, featuring the typical "blue nebula" in which the camera enters in the first seconds of the opening credits. The score was altered again, becoming the show's final version of the famous Star Trek theme. See more »


In the opening shot, the Enterprise is in a geosynchronous orbit around a giant red star and faces a smaller neutron star. Later, Riker tells Shuttle Bay 2 to prepare to launch Dr. Stubbs' probe. As the shuttle bay doors open, the scene shows the giant red star and the smaller star in the distance, but Shuttle bay 2 is on the back side of the ship. To see this view, the Enterprise would have to turn 180 degrees from the previous shot. See more »


[last lines]
[Dr. Crusher sees Wesley enter Ten Forward with a young girl]
Doctor Beverly Crusher: See? Now, that is healthy for a boy his age! I mean that as a doctor and not as just a mother. Ah, it is so good to see him having fun for a change! With an attractive young woman, who obviously looks at him with extraordinary affection...
Doctor Beverly Crusher: [to Guinan, suddenly suspicious] What do you know about this girl?
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References Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) See more »


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Those little little bots
9 September 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

With Dr. Crusher back on the Enterprise like she never left the Enterprise is watching for a predicted star explosion, an event that guest scientist Ken Jenkins is recording as it's historic.

Then the ship starts behaving like on a drunken rage with systems going haywire. The reason is Wesley Crusher who was doing an experiment in nano-technology and some of his microscopic bots have gotten loose.

What to do with them? I'm afraid that I would agree with Jenkins that Captain Picard's first responsibility is the safety of ship and crew and they really can't afford philosophical debates whether this is a new life form.

With Gates McFadden on board again, Wil Wheaton is feeling abit itchy with mother around again. What 17 year old wouldn't? Usual mother and son problems that are universal.

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