On arriving at a newly identified planetary group, the crew finds that the entire system is unstable. As the person in charge of Wesley Crusher's training and education, Commander Riker wants to put him in charge of the planetary mineral survey, the results of which should explain why the system has become so unstable. He has to command a team for the first time, all of whom are older than himself. Data meanwhile has a pen pal of sorts when he establishes radio contact with Sarjenka, a young girl from a nearby planet. They exchange information for several weeks when Data finally realizes that Sarjenka's world isn't aware of extra-terrestrial life and as a result, he has broken the Prime Directive.
Did You Know?
This is the first episode where Picard actually drinks Earl Grey tea. He had previously ordered a cup of Earl Grey from the replicator in TNG: "Contagion", but because of a computer malfunction he instead received a small potted plant See more
When Sarjenka is in sick bay, a close up of her face reveals a poorly applied plastic mask that the actress wears to give her an alien appearance, especially noticeable around the eyes. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
[about horseback riding
It seems that some creatures have the capacity to fill spaces you never knew were empty.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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