The Enterprise checks on the Argus array, a giant Federation outskirts astronomical telescope, which stopped signaling data months ago. Geordi and mentally rehabilitated engineer Lieutenant Reg Barclay try to repair it but an intense energy surge from an alien probe of unknown technology electrocutes Barclay and even causes serious damage on board the ship. Barclay soon recovers while the probe follows closely, building up a dangerous field but unresponsive to full phasers. Now Barclay demonstrates surprising insight and knowledge, saving the situation by repairing power and getting photon torpedoes ready which destroy the probe. Reg's useful but inexplicable erudition proves invaluable for telescope repairs too. Even his theatrical, romantic (towards Troi) and formerly non-existent violin performances improve suddenly , thanks to a confidence boost. When Dr. Crusher finds his brain improved more than any human causing unprecedented intelligence, he is also considered a potential risk...
Did You Know?
The plot of this is similar to the plot of the Grimlock's New Brain episode of Transformers (1984). Grimlock intakes a vast amount of information making him super-intelligent. He builds the Technobots who combine into Computron. Grimlock then downloads all of his newly gained knowledge into Computron's brain, while Grimlock reverts to his old Dinobot intelligence level. See more
The Cytherians are exploring the galaxy, just as we are. The only difference is that they never leave their home. They bring others here. Their only wish: an exchange of knowledge. They want to know us!
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more