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The Enterprise is transporting to the neutral planet Parliament peace delegates from two races which can't stand each other long enough to occupy neighboring suites, yet both want to join ... See full summary »

Director:

Cliff Bole

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Gene Roddenberry (created by), D.C. Fontana (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
John Durbin ... Ssestar
Colm Meaney ... Security Guard 1
Kavi Raz ... Singh
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The Enterprise is transporting to the neutral planet Parliament peace delegates from two races which can't stand each other long enough to occupy neighboring suites, yet both want to join the Federation. Traveling trough a mysterious energy cloud, some gets aboard and keeps jumping from crew members to machinery and vice versa, as if seeking a suitable host and learning about the ship, without revealing itself. The crew catches on slowly, as nobody seems seriously affected, except Wesley's engineering mentor Singh, who is killed in a warp technology accident, but 'host' the highly intelligent entity. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1987 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first episode to reveal Data's persona of Sherlock Holmes. See more »

Goofs

When Geordi bends over Worf to check his pulse, the rubber outline of the makeup is clearly visible between his left eye and ear. See more »

Quotes

Badar N'D'D: I admit some of my people are impulsive. And we all have reason to hate the Selay.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: They appear to have the same feelings about you, sir.
Badar N'D'D: Ah, the nature of politics.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ménage à Troi (1990) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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While passing a cloud
17 September 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Later on we learn that the Enterprise while passing an energy cloud has taken on a being that exists as pure energy. It goes from being to being in the ship's crew and eventually it's Captain Picard on whom it settles as the host, obviously sensing this is the guy in charge.

As if this wasn't enough problems two delegations of aliens are on board who hate each other are being transported to Federation HQ to apply for membership. They are Commander Riker's responsibility if he can prevent them from killing each other.

The climax of course is separating Patrick Stewart with what is inhabiting his body. It's a close run thing.

This episode also introduces Data to whom he adopts as a human role model, Sherlock Holmes, pipe and all.


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