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Suddenly Human 

On a rescue mission to an alien shipwrecked training mission, they discover one of its trainees to be a human.


Gabrielle Beaumont


Gene Roddenberry (created by), John Whelpley (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »




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. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Ensign Wesley Crusher
Sherman Howard ... Capt. Endar
Chad Allen ... Jono
Barbara Townsend Barbara Townsend ... Adm. Connaught Rossa


The Enterprise rescues a small group Talerian adolescents, all wearing uniforms. They were on a training mission and one of them, Jono, turns out to be human. A medical scan reveals several healed injuries leading Dr. Crusher to believe Jono may have been abused. Data identifies the boy as Jeremiah Rossa, grandson of Federation Admiral Connaught Rossa. His parents were killed when the Talerians attacked their colony and the boy was apparently taken prisoner. Although a human, the boy has been fully assimilated into the warlike and highly patriarchal Talerian culture. When the Talerian Captain Endar, who claims Jono as is son, demands the boy's return, Picard refuses. Written by garykmcd

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The rifles worn by the Talarian militia were later re-used as Romulan disruptor rifles. See more »


When Picard is meeting with Troi, he admits that he's not good with children. Troi replies, "Really?" in a very sarcastic tone.

She is a ranked officer (lieutenant commander at this time), and should not address a superior officer in such a tone. See more »


[Picard has suggested to Endar that Jono's broken arm and ribs may have been caused by mistreatment]
Captain Endar: Have you ever been a father, Picard? Have you ever had a son desperately trying to win your approval, your respect? Jono broke his ribs riding on a t'stayan. Six hooves - a very powerful beast. The arm... in a contest with other youths. He endured the pain, and won the competition. One day, he will be a great warrior.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Force of Nature (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A Battle we too often see
14 January 2014 | by lacloneSee all my reviews

A strong episode about a battle we too often see played out in the media today.

A child adopted at a young age, and raised with a good family, is suddenly taken away from the only home they have ever known, simply because his biological family now asserts a claim on them.

Regardless who the winner is in these situations, the only victim in any such battle is going to the child. Instead of possibility of growing up with two family's, they will now have to give up one of them.

How often we lose that which should have been our main focus all along. The best for the child and what they want.

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13 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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