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On Velara III, Geordi and Data discover a microscopic life form responsible for the death of an engineer stationed on the base.

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Corey Allen

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Gene Roddenberry (created by), Robert Sabaroff (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Walter Gotell ... Kurt Mandl
Elizabeth Lindsey Elizabeth Lindsey ... Louisa Kim
Gerard Prendergast Gerard Prendergast ... Bjorn Benson
Mario Roccuzzo Mario Roccuzzo ... Arthur Malencon
Carolyne Barry Carolyne Barry ... Female Engineer
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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. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG
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USA

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English

Release Date:

20 February 1988 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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This takes place in 2364. See more »

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At least twice, Riker taps his comms badge to speak with someone, and it doesn't make its usual beep sound. See more »

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Kurt Mandl: Picard, I must... point out again that we were assured, not once but many times, by the best scientific minds in the Federation, that this planet has no life. No life! And we were not looking. And therefore we did not see.
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References Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark (1967) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Very unusual but entertaining.
11 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Enterprise has been ordered to go to a planet that is being terraformed into new planet. For some odd reason, the planet has been ignoring contact from the Federation and they need to investigate. When the Captain contacts the base's leader (Walter Gotell), he is very evasive and unfriendly and it's obviously he does NOT want them coming to the planet's surface. Once there, it's obvious SOMETHING is up, as a laser seems to come to life on its own and kills one of the workers. Then, it tries to kill Data. Someone or something is controlling the laser--and Picard is determined to investigate further. Eventually the root cause is discovered--and inorganic life form! Gordi and Data bring the small speck-like being to the ship for examination--and soon it begins to grow, refuse to stay in containment and takes control of the computer systems. Obviously it IS intelligent. And, obviously the leader of the base was trying to create a new planet by destroying the inorganic life form--which clearly violates the Prime Directive.

In many ways, this episode reminds me of one from the original "Star Trek" series--the one where miners inadvertently are killing the eggs of an inorganic creature, the Horta. Here, the entity is of a much different form but the concept is quite similar. Overall, a very interesting episode and one that manages to be entertaining despite a very simple idea and a very non-traditional alien!


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