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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.


Corey Allen


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Robert Sabaroff (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lt. Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. 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


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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20 February 1988 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Seems we are becoming detectives, Number One.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Life, Oh Life
19 March 2020 | by anarchisticaSee all my reviews

This is the first of several TNG episodes that deal with the definition of life. It's a vaguely interesting concept, but the episode is kinda boring because it lacks a b-plot. Aliens overpowering the Enterprise also happens far too often. This is (at least) the 9th episode in which it happens, out of just 17 episodes so far!

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