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An emergency beam out renders four crewmen down to childhood shortly before renegade Ferengi take over the Enterprise and offload the adults.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Michelle Forbes ... Ensign Ro Laren
David Birkin David Birkin ... Young Jean-Luc Picard (as David Tristan Birkin)
Megan Parlen ... Young Ro Laren
Caroline Junko King ... Young Keiko O'Brien
Isis Carmen Jones Isis Carmen Jones ... Young Guinan (as Isis J. Jones)
Mike Gomez ... DaiMon Lurin


An emergency beam out renders four crewmen down to childhood shortly before renegade Ferengi take over the Enterprise and offload the adults.

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Captain Kirk and crew had undergone a similar change (reverting to children) in Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Counter-Clock Incident (1974). See more »


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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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Miles O'Brien is given a Middle Name.
13 September 2013 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

Premise: Four Next Generation characters are reverted to Children, but keep their adult memories.

Everyone who watches this episode says "I Wish". Most of us would want to stay that way, I know I would.

But there is always one person who will be a Party-Pooper: Here, it is Ro Laren. In Sharp Contrast to Guinan who is having the time of her 500- year plus life. But Ro has a point. Most of us when remembering Childhood don't have fond memories of it, because we were short, awkward, and bumbled around until we were 17 or so. Ro can't be blamed much, because her Childhood included starvation, torture, terrorism, and finally escape from an internment camp much like Velos II. But as far as Guinan is concerned, she knows how to make any situation into a party, which she does here and drags Ro right along with her.

David Birkin makes another appearance on Trek, originally he was Picard's nephew Rene in the 4th Season 2nd episode "Family". This is ideal, as there would be a family resemblance- This gives the episode a lot of clout, especially when dealing with Picard.

As far as Keiko, Ro and Guinan, Caroline Junko King from "3 Ninjas Kick Back" looks a lot like a younger Rosalind Chao (Despite really being Japanese). Megan Parlen from "Hang Time" does a very convincing Mini-Ro, but the prize goes to Isis Jones as Young Guinan- and in fact the only other film or Television credit she has is for playing a younger version of Whoopi Goldberg in "Sister Act 2".

It wasn't enough just to find kids that looked like Picard, Keiko, Ro and Guinan - The physical attributes were not enough to make us believe that these were all younger versions of our principles victims of the week's conundrum - It was the way these kids actually became our four "Conundrumites" down to the last earring of Ro's and Facepalm of Picard's.

Megan and Isis when having their little arguments are a lot like Whoopi and Michelle when they first met in Ten Forward. Isis is intrusive and gets right into Ro's business- Just like Guinan did to Ro in her debut episode.

Caroline and Colm are still "Mr and Mrs O'Brien" and Caroline's every movement is what Keiko would do, down to the pulling of Colm's ear.

And David Birkin's Picard is nothing else but perfect, especially in talking to his Number One "Dad" Riker.

It was all just so much fun- if anything, Trek is supposed to be fun as well as whatever else it is- and here, it is.

As far as the other aspect of this episode goes: The Enterprise D could easily vaporize two old Klingon Jalopies. And of course, the D was taken by surprise. We can suspend disbelief by just assuming these Ferengi were Lucky Shots. Ultimately, they were merely Ferengi and outsmarted themselves. Mike Gomez is Daimon Lurin, who is "In Business for Himself" and not part of the Ferengi Alliance. I never thought actual members of the Ferengi Alliance would be as stupid as he was, even though they had been "Foolish" a number of times. But here they are bumbling, inept fools. Tracey Walter re-appears again as a Ferengi, this time "Berik", and one other, "Morta" played by Michael Snyder.

This episode is a clear revelation of what happens when The Three Stooges try to take over a Galaxy Class Starship - They get their asses handed to them on platters by Kids. But that is par for the course, Ferengi always kick themselves in whatever glands they use when they start thinking of Females...

And Profit.

Edit: this is in reference to somebody's review who made a comment that "their uniforms shrunk"- well, their uniforms did not shrink, when the "children" are first beamed onto the transporter pad, you can see that their clothing is several times too large. In fact there was a scene in Picard's quarters where he is fitting himself into a newly tailored jacket, made for a smaller version of himself. Their clothing did not magically shrink when they got caught in the energy field, they were issued new uniforms. Also: Ensign Ro talks about being back at her station in her "own uniform", indicating that she is wearing a new uniform.

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