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The Bonding 

A startling surprise awaits the crew of the Enterprise when a mission costs the life of a crew member, who left her son behind.

Director:

Winrich Kolbe

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore
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Cast

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 ... Wesley Crusher
Susan Powell Susan Powell ... Lt. Marla Aster
Gabriel Damon ... Jeremy Aster
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
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Storyline

Beaming down to the ruined planet of the Quaenonians, a race extinguished by self-destruction, an Enterprise landing party loses in an explosion the life of the crew archaeologist Lt. Marla Aster, who leaves behind a teenager son, Jeremy. After Lieutenant Worf, the Klingon orphan raised by humans who commanded his mother's landing party, talked with Jeremy, while Wesley Crusher, the crew member closest in age to the boy, still needs to consider how to share the experience of being orphaned, suddenly a woman appears, who pretends to Jeremy to be his late mother, coming to take him to their new home on the planet, where some activity is observed, which even taps into the ships own energy. When Deanna Troi convinces the boy neither his mother nor a safe home on the planet can be real, she disappears, the ship is attacked, she reappears and an energy form intrudes the Enterprise. Maybe persuasion works better in his interest on Jeremy's would be-substitute mother, who explains the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode contains similar themes as Stanislaw Lem's 1961 novel "Solaris". See more »

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Jeremy is in his quarters watching a video of his mum. In the video as she comes round the corner she says to Jeremy "I'm getting closer" but her mouth does not move. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lieutenant Worf: SoS jIH batlh SoH.
Jeremy Aster: What does that mean?
Lieutenant Worf: It honors the memory of our mothers. We have bonded. And our families are stronger.
Jeremy Aster: SoS jIH batlh SoH.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Great! if you can suspend your disbelief
10 November 2013 | by cake-26See all my reviews

Interesting philosophical questions about loss and suffering and a different and moving dimension to the characters and acting of most episodes. It all seems a bit silly because any kid, even a Starfleet kid would just totally freak out at the events in this one. However, like most trek episodes, there is enough in the story to make a feature length movie. It stands to reason therefore, that a lot of potential character and story development has to be cut down to make it fit into 45 minutes. Understandably, it can seem a bit unrealistic at times. Still, great sci-fi provides insights into the human condition by exploring fantasy scenarios, which this episode does, if you can just suspend your disbelief.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Klingon

Release Date:

21 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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