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Galaxy's Child 

As Geordi La Forge finally meets the real Dr. Leah Brahms, a tragic first contact leaves the Enterprise with a gigantic galactic infant suckling the ship's energy.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Maurice Hurley (teleplay by) | 5 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
Susan Gibney ... Dr. Leah Brahms
Lanei Chapman ... Ensign Sariel Rager
Jana Marie Hupp ... Ensign Pavlik
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
April Grace ... Transporter Technician Hubbell


While the Enterprise is in a star-base, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge gets a very special visitor, brilliant engineering designer Dr. Leah Brahms, whom he feels to know almost intimately as a 'hologram version' of herself with 'whom' he bonded; however, the real Brahms proves icy and arrogantly unwilling to consider any of Geordi's empirical findings that could conceivably stand against her theoretically impermeable truth. They take on the challenge to collaborate and learn to know each other better, but when she finds Geordi's hologram version of her, Brahms feels almost pornographically 'abused'. That's one prejudiced insult too many for Geordi. Meanwhile Picard, his bridge officers, and Dr. Crusher have a very different problem, a strange life form which approaches and dies but contains a baby version inside its corpse, which must be separated to stand a chance of survival. When that succeeds, 'junior' instinctively identifies the Enterprise as its mother and locks on, draining ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The space-borne species seen in this show was represented by a fiberglass model built by Tony Meininger and a CG model created by Rhythm & Hues. See more »


In the opening scene, where Captain Picard and Geordie discuss the arrival of Dr Brahms, it is apparent that Captain Picard was unaware of her previous assistance (as a hologram recreation in the holodeck). Her "virtual" assistance basically saved the Enterprise, in the episode "Booby Trap." This was a dramatic, very significant, encounter which the captain should not have forgotten. See more »


Dr. Leah Brahms: Sometimes I feel more comfortable with engine schematics than people.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Well, maybe you just haven't met the right... people.
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Geordi's Lucky to Keep His Job
26 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Leah Brahm's, one of the engineer's involved in the creation of the Enterprise, makes a return engagement, this time as a real person. Geordi, during a serious crisis, created a holodeck program so he could work with the beautiful young engineer. In that episode, he had the hots for her, and made her into a more compliant, though still feisty, character. She was computer generated and Geordi carried a crush for her. So she shows up and when Geordi starts putting moves on her, she is confused and somewhat hostile. She blames him for messing around with her engine (not her engine, the Enterprise engine). They have a volatile encounter and agree to try to make the best of things. Unfortunately for our visored hero, she comes upon his holodeck program and goes ballistic. He is angry and hurt but I have to tell you, he deserves every bit of it. At the very least, he should have destroyed the program. She was right to imagine him using her as a toy.

There is something else going on while all this is playing out. The crew discovers a life form that looks a little bit like a giant ravioli with a tail. It is aggressive and Picard is forced to defend the ship using what he feels is a restrained blow. Unfortunately, he kills it. Picard is horrified at what he has done. This is a newly discovered life form and what he has done is unconscionable. Shortly thereafter, it is realized that the thing was pregnant and its aggressiveness was probably a motherly instinct. The baby is born but bonds with the Enterprise, drawing energy from the ship and putting it in grave danger. Picard, already considering himself a murderer, feels he must not use life threatening action against the little one. It is up to Brahms and LaForge to come up with something. Pretty decent offering.

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