After a century of silence, the Enterprise receives a message from the Shelia system informing them that they have discovered a human colony on a world in their sector. As they will be colonizing the planet themselves in four days time, they want the Enterprise to evacuate all humans from their territory. The planet in question is in a high radiation zone and no one can understand how any human could be living there. Data, immune to the radiation, is sent to the planet to arrange for the inhabitants' departure. Once there, however, he finds a population of 15,253 who firmly have no intention of leaving. While Picard seeks a way to get more time from the Sheliak, Data enlists the help of one local to convince the rest to leave.
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Melinda M. Snodgrass
initially intended to be credited under the pseudonym "H.B. Savage" in order to protest rewrites by showrunner Michael I. Wagner
, which included greatly reducing the role of Ard'rian McKenzie and adding in the exotic radiation which initially prevents Data from using his phaser; however, when Snodgrass viewed the finished episode, she liked it better than she initially thought she would, and since Wagner had left the show by that point, she consented to being credited under her real name. See more
While discussing with the captain how they are going to negotiate a compromise with the Sheliak, Troi tells Picard that the Federation sent 372 legal experts to hammer out the original treaty. She then asks Picard, "What do we have?" To which Picard answers, "Thee and me."
There are over 1,000 people on board the Enterprise. It is difficult to believe that there isn't anyone else on board that can handle legal matters, and that all Picard can count on for something this critical is himself and a psychologist. See more
[Data has told the colonists of the threat of the Sheliak and urged them to evacuate the planet, which Gosheven refuses
This colony exists because generations gave their lives for it. Many died, before we found a way to adapt to the radiation, and many more died bringing water to this desert. My grandfather...
...is buried on that mountain. Well, who'll be left to bury you?
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
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