The Enterprise visits a team of scientists and engineers terraforming on Velara III. The team's leader, Kurt Mandl, isn't very welcoming stating that they are very busy but Picard insists with Riker, Data and Geordi beaming down to the planet. Velara III was selected because of its complete absence of any life forms and the terraforming initiative takes about 30 years. The team is now in the process of removing salts from the natural water supply as the first step in creating a sustainable environment. Geordi and Data come across a non-carbon based object that glows and give the appearance of life. When it attempts to communicate with the crew, it is obvious they have encountered a life form like no other.
Did You Know?
The crystalline life form's description for humanoids in the episode spawned the phrase, "ugly bags of mostly water", which has been used as the title of a documentary about Star Trek fans, and as the name of a song by the band Streetnix, as well as being referenced by Dream Warriors in the lyrics of My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Theme. See more
Everyone (including the ship's computer) acts like this is the first inorganic life form the Federation has encountered (inorganic life being defined as life based on an element other than carbon). However, in Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark
, the obvious inspiration for this story, a silicon based life form (the Horta) was discovered living on the same planet as a Federation mining facility. See more
I wanted to create a place where living things could thrive. And all the while, I was about to destroy the life that is there.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more