The Child

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42073.1: Counselor Troi, impregnated by an alien entity, gives birth to a child whose mind is not that of a child but of an alien wishing to discover the variety of human experience. Meanwhile, the ship’s newly promoted chief engineer, Geordi, and newcomer Doctor Katherine Pulaski are faced with the possibility of a fatal shipwide epidemic…

Season 2 Regular Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher)

Order the DVDswritten by Jaron Summers & Jon Povill and Maurice Hurley
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Seymour Cassel (Lt. Commander Hester Dealt), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), R.J. Williams (Ian), Colm Meaney (Transporter Chief), Dawn Arnemann (Miss Gladstone), Zachary Benjamin (Young Ian), Dore Keller (Crewman)

Notes: This story was originally conceived in the mid 1970s as an episode of the aborted late ’70s Star Trek Phase II series, which was to have been a new series with the original crew of the Enterprise. (That production later morphed into the first Star Trek movie.) The script was dusted off to serve as the delayed season premiere after a Writers’ Guild strike brought American TV production to a halt in the summer of 1988. It is also notable for being the first appearance of Guinan.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Where Silence Has Lease

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42193.6: Picard is confronted by an invincible alien intelligence who can alter the crew’s very perceptions of reality, and is horrified to learn that the entity plans on using half of the humans on board as lab animals to determine how many ways humans can die, so the captain, after exhausting all the options, sets for self-destruct.

Order the DVDswritten by Jack B. Sowards
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Earl Boen (Nagilum), Charles Douglass (Ensign Haskell), Colm Meaney (Transporter Chief)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Elementary, Dear Data

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42286.3: Doctor Pulaski bets Geordi that Data would be overwhelmed if confronted with an intricate Holmesianmystery he has not yet read or experienced, and when the chief engineer and Data put this to the test, a too-perfect holodeck program almost ensures that not only will Data be beaten, but the Enterprise may be commandeered by Professor Moriarty.

Order the DVDswritten by Brian Alan Lane
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Daniel Davis (Professor Moriarty), Alan Shearman (Inspector Lestrade), Biff Manard (Ruffian), Diz White (Prostitute), Anne Elizabeth Ramsay (Assistant Engineer Clancy), Richard Merson (Pie Man)

Notes: Actor Daniel Davis won the part of a British butler on the series The Nanny largely on the strength of his performance in this episode and its sixth season sequel, Ship In A Bottle. Davis isn’t British at all, but actually hails from Little Rock, Arkansas.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Outrageous Okona

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42402.7: A nonchalant space rogue is welcomed aboard the Enterprise by Picard and the crew, but the pleasantries of his visit are cut short by two representatives of rival worlds demanding Okona’s life for crimes he claims not to have committed – yet he does know who the guilty parties are and it’s up to him to unite the aggressors.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Burton Armus
story by Les Menchen, Lance Dickson and David Landsberg
directed by Robert Becker
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: William O. Campbell (Okona), Douglas Rowe (Debin), Albert Stratton (Kushell), Rosalind Ingledew (Yanar), Kieran Mulroney (Benzan), Joe Piscopo (The Comic), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Teri Hatcher (Transporter Chief)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Loud As A Whisper

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42477.2: The Enterprise is forbidden to interfere in negotiations to be conducted by their passenger, the deaf, mute mediator Riva, who seems more interested in Counselor Troi than in seriously bringing two warring factions together. It is only when his Greek-like Chorus, a vital element in his task since they translate his thoughts into speech, is destroyed by a trigger-happy alien that Riva truly worries about the task he must accomplish.

Order the DVDswritten by Jacqueline Zambrano
directed by Larry Shaw
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Marnie Mosiman, Thomas Oglesby, Leo Damian (The Chorus), Howie Seago (Riva), Colm Meaney (Transporter Chief), Richard Lavin (Warrior #1), Chip Heller (Warrior #2), John Garrett (Lieutenant)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Schizoid Man

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42437.5: An Enterprise away team answers a distress signal from the habitat of one Dr. Ira Graves, who has been stricken with a terminal illness that could strike at any time. As he has been working for some time on a way to transfer his memories and personality into a computer, he naturally sees Data as the perfect alpha test model.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Tracy Tormè
story by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), W. Morgan Sheppard (Dr. Ira Graves), Suzie Plakson (Lt. Selar), Barbara Alyn Woods (Kareen Brianon)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Unnatural Selection

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42494.8: The Enterprise crew discover the disabled USS Lantree adrift in deep space – adrift because the crew has been inflicted with a disease which induces rapid aging and death! Doctor Pulaski personally involves herself in the search for a cure at a doomed genetic research base and becomes the most recent victim of the disease.

Order the DVDswritten by John Mason and Mike Gray
directed by Paul Lynch
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Patricia Smith (Dr. Sara Kingsley), Colm Meaney (Transporter Chief O’Brien), J. Patrick McNamara (Captain Taggert), Scott Trost (Ensign)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

A Matter Of Honor

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42506.5: Riker becomes the first Federation officer ever to serve on board a Klingon vessel which is slowly warping toward its destruction – and the negligence of a Benzite “exchange student” on the Enterprise is responsible for arousing the ruthless Klingon captain’s suspicions, provoking a savage attack on the Enterprise…

Order the DVDsteleplay by Burton Armus
story by Wanda M. Haight, Gregory Amos and Burton Armus
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), John Putch (Ensign Mendon), Christopher Collins (Captain Kargan), Brian Thompson (Lt. Klag), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Peter Parros (Tactics Officer), Laura Drake (Vemka)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Measure Of A Man

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42523.7: When Data refuses to participate in a Starfleet scientist’s android experiments where he will serve not only as a blueprint but as a guinea pig and spare part supply, he is put on trial and Picard wrangles with the premise that Data is not a free agent but the property of Starfleet – and Captain Louvois assigns Riker to prosecute.

Order the DVDswritten by Melinda M. Snodgrass
directed by Robert Scheerer
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Amanda McBroom (Captain Phillipa Louvois), Clyde Kusatsu (Admiral Nakamura), Brian Brophy (Commander Bruce Maddox), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Dauphin

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42568.8: Wesley is attracted to an alien princess whose is accompanied on the Enterprise by a severe governess as they journey to a world where they will become the new leaders of her civilization, and despite the warnings from the less-than-human governess, Wesley also finds out that the princess has some surprises in store for him as well.

Order the DVDswritten by Scott Rubenstein and Leonard Mlodinow
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Paddi Edwards (Anya), Jaime Hubbard (Salia), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Peter Neptune (Aron), Madchen Amick (Teenage Girl), Cindy Sorenson (Furry Animal), Jennifer Barlow (Ensign Gibson)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Contagion

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42609.1: After witnessing the tragic destruction of the Galaxy class starship Yamato in the Neutral Zone, Picard follows Yamato Captain Donald Varley’s haunch that the planet Iconia contains the valuable remnants of a now extinct but technologically advanced civilization, leaving Riker on the malfunctioning Enterprise to deal with a Romulan warship.

Order the DVDswritten by Steve Gerber and Beth Woods
directed by Joseph L. Scanlan
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Thalmus Rasulala (Captain Donald Varley), Carolyn Seymour (Subcommander Taris), Dana Sparks (Tactics Officer), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Folkert Schmidt (Doctor)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Royale

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42625.4: Riker, Worf and Data transport to the surface of what should be a poison-shrouded world after finding debris of a NASA space vessel, and discover a structure containing a reproduction of the literary Hotel and Casino Royale. Within the hotel lies the remains of the astronaut whose last possession was the cheap novel upon which the Royale was based. The Away Team’s only help is from the book itself as they read their lines – and between their lines.

Order the DVDswritten by Keith Mills (a.k.a. Tracy Torme)
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Ron Jones

Star Trek: TNGGuest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Sam Anderson (The Assistant Manager), Jill Jacobson (Vanessa), Leo Garcia (The Bellboy), Noble Willingham (Texas), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Gregory Beecroft (“Mickey D”)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Time Squared

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42679.2: Picard is left beside himself when the Enterprise encounters a future incarnation of himself in a battered Enterprise shuttlecraft, containing visual and captain’s logs describing the destruction of the ship and its crew, except for Picard, by an “energy vortex,” and according to the logs, the encounter is only six hours away.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Burton Armus
story by Kurt Michael Bensmiller
directed by Joseph L. Scanlan
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Icarus Factor

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42686.4: Riker, offered a command of his own patrolling a hazardous area of deep space, is also offered advice and a long-overdue retraction of old hostilities from his father, but the impetuous first officer refuses all of this in an attempt to maintain an image of independence in the eyes of his crewmates and his father.

Order the DVDsteleplay by David Assael and Robert L. McCullough
story by David Assael
directed by Robert Iscove
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Mitchell Ryan (Kyle Riker), Lance Spellerberg (Ensign Herbert)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Pen Pals

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42695.3: While on an extended research patrol through a star cluster whose planets’ geologic activity rips them apart from inside, Data on the Enterprise makes contact with a primitive being on one of these planets which is now in immediate danger and has to plead with the prime directive- conscious Picard to help his newfound friend.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Melinda M. Snodgrass
story by Hannah Louise Shearer
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Nicholas Cascone (Ensign Davies), Nikki Cox (Sarjenka), Ann H. Gillespie (Ensign Hildebrant), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Whitney Rydbeck (Ensign Alans)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Q Who

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42761.3: Q returns once more to the Enterprise to plead his case to Picard for a position as a crewman on the ship after being expelled from the Q Continuum. When refused, the godlike alien propels the Enterprise thousands of light years to prove to Picard that some threats are too much for humanity, and the Borg is one of these threats…

Order the DVDswritten by Maurice Hurley
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: John de Lancie (Q), Lycia Naff (Ensign Gomez), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)

Notes: This episode is the first to show the Borg, a race first mentioned (though not by name) in The Neutral Zone. According to writer/producer Maurice Hurley, the Borg were originally intended to be insects instead of cyborgs; budget shortfalls meant costuming cutbacks, even to the point that “stillsuit” costumes from Dune were heavily redressed as Borg costumes.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Samaritan Snare

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42779.1: Riker and the crew attempt to rescue Geordi from a slow witted crew of Pakleds who claim to need the chief engineer’s technical expertise, while the captain, who is at a medical research base receiving a heart transplant, is about to die in the hands of a surgeon not possessed of Dr. Pulaski’s skill.

Order the DVDswritten by Robert L. McCullough
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Christopher Collins (Grebnedlog), Leslie Morris (Reginod), Daniel Benzali (Chief Surgeon), Lycia Naff (Ensign Gomez), Tzi Ma (Biomolecular Physiologist)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Up The Long Ladder

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42823.2: Signals arrive from two colonies in a distant star system, one of which is found by the Enterprise crew to be a motley collection of “primitives,” and the other, a group of clones whose gene pool is fading. The clones need fresh genes from the crew and are willing to use force to ensure their survive.

Order the DVDswritten by Melinda M. Snodgrass
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Barrie Ingham (Danilo O’Dell), Jon de Vries (Wilson Granger / Victor Granger), Rosalyn Landor (Brenna O’Dell), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Manhunt

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42859.2: The Enterprise crew welcomes some fishlike Antedian delegates to a peace summit and, on short notice, Troi’s bothersome mother. Mrs. Troi, now in a phase of increased sexual activity, has come to the Enterprise to “visit” Picard, which meets with disapproval from Counselor Troi and amusement from Riker – while the captain hides in the holodeck generated world of Dixon Hill once more.

Order the DVDswritten by Terry Devereaux (a.k.a. Tracy Tormè)
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi), Robert Costanzo (Slade Bender), Carel Struycken (Mr. Homn), Rod Arrants (Rex), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Robert O’Reilly (Client), Rhonda Aldrich (Madeline), Mick Fleetwood (Antedian Delegate), Wren T. Brown (Transport Pilot)

Notes: Tracy Tormè used a pseudonym for this episode and The Royale, having since stated this his original scripts for both episodes were rewritten against his wishes.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Emissary

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42901.3: The Enterprise becomes the temporary home of a priority-one emissary from the Federation who has been sent to deal with a dire emergency – a crew of 23rd century Klingons in suspended animation is about to be awakened by their ship’s “alarm clock” to wage war against the former enemies of the Klingons – the Federation.

Order the DVDstelevision story & teleplay by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
based on an unpublished story by Thomas H. Calder
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Suzie Plakson (K’Ehleyr), Lance Le Gault (Captain K’Temoc), Georgann Johnson (Admiral Gromek), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Anne Elizabeth Ramsey (Ensign Clancy), Dietrich Bader (Tactics Officer)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Peak Performance

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42923.4: The Enterprise undertakes Federation-mandated wargames, as Zacdorn tactical observer Sima Kolrami observes and, more often, pesters the crew. Picard is pitted against Riker in a maneuver that is harmless until a Ferengi attack puts the crew of the Enterprise and the Hathaway, Riker’s vessel in a no-win situation – to which Riker has the key.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper
directed by Robert Scheerer
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Roy Brocksmith (Sirna Kolrami), Armin Shimerman (DaiMon Bractor), David L. Lander (Ferengi First Officer), Leslie Neale (Ensign Nagel), Glenn Morshower (Ensign Burke)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Shades Of Gray

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42976.1: While exploring a new planet with Geordi, Riker is stung by an alien thorn whose poison creeps up his spine toward his brain. Pulaski brings him back to the ship and tries to trigger emotional responses to destroy the poison by forcing the first officer to remember his past adventures.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Maurice Hurley, Richard Manning & Hans Beimler
story by Maurice Hurley
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

LogBook entry by Earl Green