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Shades of Gray 

When Commander Riker comes down with a dangerous alien infection after an away mission, the only way to treat it may be through reliving his memories.

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Rob Bowman

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Maurice Hurley (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf (archive footage)
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher (archive footage)
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
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Storyline

Riker returns from an away team mission wounded and infected with microbes from the planet below. He is soon in a coma in sick bay, the microbes having fused itself to his sciatic nerve and impeding his normal functions. Dr. Pulaski cannot find a cure and although she can kill the microbes, it would also likely kill Riker. With only a hour or so before the spreading disease reaches his brain, Pulaski stimulates his neural impulses leading Riker to recall previous events aboard the Enterprise. The Doctor realizes that negative emotions are what will defeat the the body's invaders. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1989 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The final appearance of Dr Katharine Pulaski, played by Diana Muldaur. See more »

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Riker sees things in flashback that he couldn't possibly remember. Like scenes aboard the Enterprise while he's off ship at the time. He also sees the test sequence put to Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Schizoid Man. He even sees subtitles in flashback at one point. See more »

Quotes

Commander William T. Riker: [about the tenacity of the Rikers] My great-grandfather once got bit by a rattlesnake. After three days of intense pain... the snake died.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Definitely not one of their better efforts
10 November 2007 | by KLeoRISee all my reviews

As a long-time fan of all the Star Trek series,I found this a disappointing episode, and I wonder if the liberal use of "flashbacks" featuring Will Riker's exploits, both positive (and largely romantic) and negative (lots of pain, and a crewmate's death)was a money-saving device, as were many of their "bottle shows" (episodes in which all scenes take place on the Enterprise). Diana Muldaur(who also appeared at least twice on the original series) deserved a better final appearance than this for her character, Dr. Kate Pulaski. Loyal viewers (in the Star Trek world, is there any other kind?) also were shortchanged. This was the last episode of second season; thus, the season ended "not with a bang" but with "a whimper."


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