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The Child 

Deanna is impregnated by a unknown alien life-form, and Dr. Katherine Pulaski joins the Enterprise as the ship's new Chief Medical Officer.


Rob Bowman


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Jaron Summers | 2 more credits »




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
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
Seymour Cassel ... Lt. Cmdr. Hester Dealt
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
R.J. Williams ... Ian Andrew Troi
Colm Meaney ... Transporter Chief
Dawn Arnemann Dawn Arnemann ... Ms. Gladstone
Zachary Benjamin Zachary Benjamin ... Young Ian Andrew Troi
Dore Keller Dore Keller ... Crewman


The ship has a new chief medical officer, Dr. Katherine Pulaski, now that Beverley Crusher has been made head of Starfleet Medical. The Enterprise is on an emergency mission to collect plague samples for analysis but Counselor Troi unexpectedly finds herself pregnant. She also finds her pregnancy advancing very quickly with conception to birth expected to take no more than 48 hours. Once born the child, whom Troi names Ian Andrew after her father, grows at a rapid rate proceeding through childhood in a matter of hours. Meanwhile Guinan, who tends the bar in Ten Forward, a crew lounge, gives Wesley Crusher some advice. Written by garykmcd

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The holographic image of the containment module Geordi calls up that is projected from Picard's table is the last time we see such 3D imagery used during conferences and meetings to display information. This method was used in the first season to show information on planets, ships, and star systems, but for the rest of the show's run, the 2D displays embedded in the walls of the observation lounge are used for this purpose. See more »


Pulaski describes the fetus as identical to Troi "in every way", yet if that were truly the case, it would be female instead of male. See more »


[Troi undergoes a completely painless delivery]
Dr. Kate Pulaski: Are easy births the norm for Betazoids?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Not according to my mother.
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Version of Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II: The Child (2012) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Season Opener Flop

The episode was just weird. Not sure what they were thinking making this the opener of season 2. The more I think about the plot, the more I realize how ridiculous it was.

The acting has improved considerably since season one. The newly added characters seem solid. This is not a good reflection on a pretty well written season 2.

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21 November 1988 (USA) See more »

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