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On Velara III, Geordi and Data discover a microscopic life form responsible for the death of an engineer stationed on the base.

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Corey Allen

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Gene Roddenberry (created by), Robert Sabaroff (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Walter Gotell ... Kurt Mandl
Elizabeth Lindsey Elizabeth Lindsey ... Louisa Kim
Gerard Prendergast Gerard Prendergast ... Bjorn Benson
Mario Roccuzzo Mario Roccuzzo ... Arthur Malencon
Carolyne Barry Carolyne Barry ... Female Engineer
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The Enterprise visits a team of scientists and engineers terraforming on Velara III. The team's leader, Kurt Mandl, isn't very welcoming stating that they are very busy but Picard insists with Riker, Data and Geordi beaming down to the planet. Velara III was selected because of its complete absence of any life forms and the terraforming initiative takes about 30 years. The team is now in the process of removing salts from the natural water supply as the first step in creating a sustainable environment. Geordi and Data come across a non-carbon based object that glows and give the appearance of life. When it attempts to communicate with the crew, it is obvious they have encountered a life form like no other. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1988 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Critics compared the appearance of inorganic life forms in the story to the plot of Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark (1967). See more »

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The camera shot behind Malencon when he is lying unconscious on the floor shows his head sideways. When Yar stoops by him, his head is facing the ceiling. See more »

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[the crew is analyzing an inorganic but flashing object]
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Analyze: the pattern of the flashes.
Computer Voice: Not repetitive or sequential. Pattern not recognized.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: What is the source of the flashes?
Computer Voice: Unable to specify. Theoretically not possible from this substance.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Disregard incongruity, and theorize as to source.
Computer Voice: [bleeps extensively] Life.
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References Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark (1967) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A Rather Entertaining Episode
29 July 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

In order to see a real working terraforming colony, the crew beams down to a facility where something is amiss. These people are working on turning an arid desert planet with no life (or so they think) into a prosperous green planet. Some of the crew relish the idea, but a couple of others, including the leader of the operation are really uptight. It seems that something has been taking control of equipment and using it against the colonists. Commander Data is nearly killed. Only his android quickness and strength saves him. Soon a sort of non carbon based life form is found. It is multiplying and gaining strength. It actively gains control of the computer. The problem is communicating with it and getting it to back off. It turns out that the benevolence of the colonists (based on their personal view of this world) has actually turned deadly to the indigenous life forms. This is cleverly done speculative fiction which warns that there are sometimes implications to things we do, even with the best of intentions.


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