The Enterprise is delighted with a rare chance to visit a technologically advanced planet which long prevented access by means of a perfect cloaking technique. Prime administrator Radue shows how their people lead a life of leisure, trusting their central computer takes care of all necessities. But they can't solve a medical nightmare: endemic infertility, so they need to 'adopt' earthling children. Negotiations failing, they suddenly snatch Wesley and several younger, also gifted crew kids. Picard can barely keep negotiating credibly enough to avoid being chased too far in space ever to return, but Wesley manages to study and befriend the locals while planning a minimal risk revolt.
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Throughout the episode, the youngest child Alexandra (played by twins Vanessa and Jessica Bova) carries a stuffed toy - a tribble. See more
Seven children alone would do nothing for thousands of barren Aldeans. If the goal is for reproduction they have been rather stupid stealing 4 girls and 3 boys. Even if the Aldeans can repair birth defects 3 males and 4 females would mean most of the next generation would be at least half siblings. The following generation would ALL be first cousins. This would not be enough genetic diversity to create a viable population. In addition none of the children except Wesley is old enough to have children. This means waiting several years before the first baby could possibly be born. The Aldeans presumably expected the Enterprise to be only the first of many ships they could ensnare, taking a few people from each one. See more
We're ready to receive you, Commander Riker, and two of your colleagues.
[instantly, Riker, Troi and Crusher are transported away
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more