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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.

Director:

Rob Bowman

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Maurice Hurley (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1989 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the 50th anniversary "Star Trek" convention in Las Vegas in August 2016, fans voted this the fifth worst episode of the "Star Trek" franchise. See more »

Goofs

La Forge tells O'brien "another minute, and we'd both be fossils." Data replies " Not precisely Geordi, true fossilization requires several millennia." Data's statement is false. While at the time of filming, it may still have been believed so, it has been proven that fossilization can happen in a very short time. Experiments have show fossilization occurring in as short as a few hours. It depends on the right chemical conditions, not time. See more »

Quotes

Commander William T. Riker: Facing death is the ultimate test of character. I don't wanna die, but if I have to - I'd like to do it with a little pride.
Counselor Deanna Troi: And a lot of impudence.
Commander William T. Riker: You bet.
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Pop! Goes the Weasel
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Traditional
Performed by Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner
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I'm being too generous...
13 October 2018 | by DeathStarTechSupportSee all my reviews

I gave this episode a 5, since I chuckled out loud at Data & Geordi's interaction with the planet's fauna. But this clipshow still deserves a higher score than the terrible and racist Code of Honor. So make it the second-worst episode.


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