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Unnatural Selection 

Enhanced DNA developments trigger an epidemic of rapid aging. Caught among its victims - Dr. Pulaski.

Director:

Paul Lynch

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), John Mason | 3 more credits »
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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
Patricia Smith ... Dr. Sara Kingsley
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
J. Patrick McNamara ... Capt. Taggert
Scott Trost Scott Trost ... Ensign
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Storyline

The Enterprise, en route to Star Station India, receives a distress signal from the USS Lantree, a Federation supply ship. When they arrive, they find everyone aboard dying of what seems to be old age. They proceed to the Lantree's last port of call, the Darwin genetic research facility on Gagarin IV only to find that they too are suffering from rapid aging. Picard and Dr. Pulaski clash when she brings aboard one of the children from the station and, in order to complete her examination, takes him aboard a shuttle craft to isolate him from the Enterprise crew. She is soon infected, however, and seems doomed to die of old age, but Picard may have a solution. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

The planet Gagarin IV is named for the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. See more »

Goofs

When discussing Darwin station's request to evacuate their quarantined children, Picard says "I shall require positive proof that these children are harmless before I place any of my crew in jeopardy." However, that would mean to prove a negative, which is impossible. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Pulaski: They died of natural causes.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Natural causes? What in nature could cause that?
Doctor Pulaski: For the record, Captain, they died of old age.
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Connections

Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Did I miss something?
4 September 2017 | by jerrix-90558See all my reviews

Did I miss something or was the shuttle craft left on the planet since Data seemed to beam back up? Also when the workers were "fixed" by the transporter and returned to the surface, would not they have been reinfected? I really enjoy these presentations. There are more things that I do not understand but it does not detract from the enjoyment of viewing them.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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