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The Crystalline Entity returns, and the Enterprise takes aboard a scientist to help track it down, but her personal agenda does not match Capt. Picard's.


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Episode complete credited cast:
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. Commander Data
Ellen Geer ... Dr. Kila Marr
Susan Diol ... Carmen Davila


While Riker, Data, Crusher and various other crew enjoy an idyllic earth-like day with human colonists, they are hit by a sudden storm that Riker recognizes as an attack by the feared Crystalline Entity. All but two succeed in hiding safely in a cave they make collapse after themselves. Following their rescue, xenologist Dr. Kila Marr is brought in, who specializes in studying this creature that needs to strip entire planets of all life to sustain its immense energy demands. Picard forces her to include Data in her investigatory team, despite her suspicion he may be in league with the entity as was his brother. She eventually comes to appreciate his objective scientific input and even takes a liking to him after learning he has and can evoke many memories of the victims of the entity's earlier attack, in which her son Remi perished. Even with a later attack absorbing all life aboard an alien cargo ship, the crew decides to attempt communication and works out a theory to do so by a ... Written by KGF Vissers/revised by statmanjeff

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12 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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The painting or print on the easel in Data's quarters is in the style of Dutch painter, Pieter Cornelis "Piet" Mondriaan. See more »


After Dr. Marr ramps up the frequency to destroy the Crystalline Entity, it starts to shake and resonate with the graviton pulses, but the star field behind the entity also shakes. Since the Crystalline Entity shakes but the Enterprise does not, the star field should not have shaken along with the entity; otherwise, the graviton pulses from the Enterprise would be proving themselves to be powerful enough to rattle the galaxy. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: I don't think you need an empath to sense that woman's feelings.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Datalore (1988) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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20 March 2019 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Roddenberry's second creation of an elite group exploring space through humanity is a remarkable milestone for not only television but the sci-fi genre itself. As it quips repetitively, it dares go where no one has been before, and analyzes the good and bad of the nature. And it's that wide range of nature that is touched down, in all its hokum that it calls for, the answers are overwhelming to all the questions thrown out to it. Unlike the previous series, it has much more characters to handle which is a double edge sword. On the pro section, it helps writers jump in on diverse categories through them and swoop in as much as material possible through their individual perspective and still keep it all inside a definite and familiar circle.

On the other hand, it also is challenging to fiddle around these many characters on screen, especially the amount of new contents and eerie ideas each episode comes up with, it increases the possibility to lean towards flaws. And yes, it has its own limitation, but in its own gullible range and potential, it just simply works. Plus, what's fascinating is despite of being brimmed with these many personas floating about in the space, they haven't allotted any stereotypical specific characteristics to the characters, their species and nature may definitely vary, but a cheesy note is strictly prohibited in Enterprise-D.

The infamous Capt. Jean-Luc Picard played by Stewart who is mostly known by this role from his career, is exceptionally well crafted character that is simply nothing but a good leader and add Stewart's performance to that, the outcome is your iconic character that survives decades easily. Sirtis as the consciously enhanced counselor fits perfectly in the ship and the makers makes sure either they keep her up front to notify the shady part of the plot or distracts her wisely to advance the plot.

Frakes, once again, a competent leader and warrior that is more explored into love affairs while Dorn as a hot head and Burton as the most adapting and willful learner on the ship helps make the environment more engaging and realistic. Spiner as the android, Lt. Commander Data, who means nothing but business, unfortunately, is the guy that means the least amount of business, often relied upon for the humor, he might be explored thoroughly but is rarely projected with sincerity.

Personally, I prefer Stewart's mellow equation with Wheaten who looks up to him as a father figure and adds the right amount of emotion to it, McFadden's friendly relation too helps on spicing up this dish. The guest cast coming in- often playing the antagonist- invests equally and perpetually to this scoreboard. Advancing further than the previous series did, this journey also brings in rich traditional rituals and their own quirky references to the table. Star Trek: The Next Generation is your typical space ride, floating without any control it grabs everything like a child, and in its innocence and honesty it is one breathtaking ride.

Season 05

Not the ethical throughout provoking dilemmas, nor the smart innovative concepts, this season is well aware of its audience from now, and the writers willfully fiddles with the characters like puppets and just lets their history and connection with their fans works the charm.

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If there is any episode that fluctuates the most it has got to be this one, from one hovering threat to an angel like figure that comes into their lives as a bonus round for help, where Data swoops in to dig the depth required to this storyline.

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