Evolution

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43125.8: While the crew of the Enterprise races against the clock to launch a space probe for a critical experiment, a culture of experimental microbe-machines accidentally released by Wesley threatens to render the Enterprise uninhabitable.

Season 3 Regular Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher)

Order the DVDsteleplay by Michael Piller
story by Michael Piller and Michael Wagner
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Ken Jenkins (Dr. Paul Stubbs), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Mary McCusker (Nurse), Randal Patrick (Crewman #1)

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The Ensigns Of Command

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate not given: Data attempts to convince the stubborn leader of an endangered colony that his people must evacuate the planet or face certain extinction at the hands of a race of ruthless aliens also seeking a planet to colonize.

Order the DVDswritten by Melinda M. Snodgrass
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Eileen Seeley (Ard’rian MacKenzie), Granger Hines (Gosheven), Mark L. Taylor (Haritath), Richard Allen (Kentor), Colm Meaney (Chief O’ Brien), Mart McChesney (Sheliak)

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The Survivors

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43142.4: Captain Picard unravels one horrifying mystery after another while trying to persuade two people who are apparently the only survivors of an obliterated population of eleven thousand that their assailants have returned.

Order the DVDswritten by Michael Wagner
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: John Anderson (Kevin Uxbridge), Anne Haney (Rishon Uxbridge)

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Who Watches The Watchers?

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43173.5: A hidden outpost on a distant planet where Starfleet anthropologists are observing a primitve race of Vulcan-like beings is revealed after a mechanical malfunction, polluting the primitives’ religious and ethical beliefs and causing one of them to identify Picard with God.

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
directed by Robert Wiemer
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Kathryn Leigh Scott (Nuria), Ray Wise (Liko), James Greene (Dr. Barron), Pamela Segall (Oji), John McLiam (Fento), James McIntire (Hali), Lois Hall (Dr. Warren)

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The Bonding

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43198.7: Worf’s conscience struggles with a fatality under his command as a deceased crew member’s young son confronts an alien life form that attempts to take on the physical and psychological characteristics of his mother.

Order the DVDswritten by Ronald D. Moore
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Susan Powell (Marla Aster), Gabriel Damon (Jeremy Aster), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

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Booby Trap

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43205.6: After taking the Enterprise into a mysterious asteroid belt to examine the only known relic of a long-dead race, Picard discovers that the asteroid belt is actually a lethal snare and assigns La Forge the impossible task of finding a way out before it’s too late. Geordi turns to the holodeck for a simulation of one of the Enterprise’s original designers to help him brainstorm an escape route.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Ron Roman, Michael Piller and Richard Danus
story by Michael Wagner and Ron Roman
directed by Gabrielle Beaumont
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Susan Gibney (Dr. Leah Brahms), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Albert Hall (Galek Dar), Julie Warner (Christy)

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The Enemy

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43349.2: Trapped without the aid of his VISOR on a perpetually stormy planet, Geordi is aided and abetted in his attempts to send a distress signal to the Enterprise by a shipwrecked Romulan, as Picard tries to wring the truth out of a secretive Romulan commander en route to Federation space.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper and Michael Piller
directed by David Carson
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: John Snyder (Bochra), Andreas Katsulas (Commander Tomalok), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Steve Rankin (Patahk)

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The Price

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43385.6: Federation, Ferengi and third party delegates vie for control of a unique stable wormhole allowing instantaneous travel across reaches of uncharted space, and Troi makes discoveries both interesting and dangerous regarding one of the negotiators as the Ferengi plot to double-cross all and gain control of the wormhole.

Order the DVDswritten by Hannah Louise Shearer
directed by Robert Scheerer
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Matt McCoy (Devinoni Ral), Elizabeth Hoffman (Premier Bhavani), Castulo Guerra (Mendoza), Scott Thomson (DaiMon Goss), Dan Shor (Dr. Arridor), Kevin Peter Hall (Leyor), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

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The Vengeance Factor

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43421.9: Riker as a man of conscience and Picard as a diplomat run up against an age-old wall of mafia-likee blood feuding, almost certain to ruin the first negotiations between a clan of vicious pirates and a race of civilized if haughty beings in centuries. Riker ends up with the most difficult decision of all…

Order the DVDswritten by Sam Rolfe
directed by Timothy Bond
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Lisa Wilcox (Yuta), Joey Aresco (Brull), Nancy Parsons (Sovereign Marouk), Stephen Lee (Chorgan), Marc Lawrence (Volnath), Elkanah J. Burns (Temarek)

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The Defector

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43462.5: A legendary Romulan strategist/warrior assumes a new identity and races to warn the Federation of a massive Romulan invasion in the near future, but his attempts are thwarted by the crew’s prejudice and suspicions, not to mention the Romulans themselves, eager to do away with both the defector and the Enterprise.

Order the DVDswritten by Ronald D. Moore
directed by Robert Scheerer
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: James Sloyan (Setal / Admiral Jarok), Andreas Katsulas (Commander Tomalok), John Hancock (Starfleet Admiral), S.A. Templeman (Holodeck “John Bates”), Patrick Stewart (Holodeck “Michael Williams”)

Star Trek: TNGNotes: Although produced after The Bonding, The Defector was the first Star Trek spec script bought from writer and fan Ronald D. Moore, who would become one of the series’ most frequent writers, the co-writer of two of the four Next Generation feature films and numerous Deep Space Nine episodes, and later became the showrunner of the highly acclaimed 21st century remake of Battlestar Galactica. Prior to this script catching the attention of executive producer Michael Piller, Moore had not successfully sold a single television or film script and had no agent.

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The Hunted

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43489.2: The Enterprise, sworn by Federation treaty to defend the inhabitants of a once war-torn world, is faced with a destructive challenge in the form of a biologically altered war veteran whose mind allows no mercy in the face of danger, but all he and his fellow soldiers want is their home and their freedom.

Order the DVDswritten by Robin Bernheim
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Jeff McCarthy (Roga Danar), James Cromwell (Prime Minister Nayrok), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), J. Michael Flynn (Zayner), Andrew Bicknell (Wagnor)

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The High Ground

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43510.7: While tending to innocent bystanders injured in the explosion of a terrorist bomb, Dr. Crusher is taken hostage by a ruthless freedom fighter who is blind to the fate of his rebellion and refuses to hear any argument from the Starfleet officers or the local law enforcers that his way of “liberating” his people may not be just.

Order the DVDswritten by Melinda M. Snodgrass
directed by Gabrielle Beaumont
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Kerrie Keane (Devos), Richard Cox (Finn), Marc Buckland (Waiter), Fred G. Smith (Policeman), Christopher Pettiet (Boy)

Notes: On the BBC, which was the first broadcast outlet in the UK to show Star Trek: The Next Generation, this episode was banned due to fear its allegory to Irish Republican Army terrorism is too controversial (and then there’s that bit about the Irish Reunification in the 21st century in which terrorism was a key successful element).

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Deja Q

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43539.1: Q returns once again to the starship Enterprise, but this time his immortality and his powers have been rescinded by the members of the Q Continuum, and he must help the crew contend with an asteroid that threatens to devastate an entire civilization, while the Calamarain, aliens who have been chastised by Q in the past seek revenge on the ex-immortal.

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Danus
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: John de Lancie (Q), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Richard Cansino (Dr. Garin), Betty Muramoto (Scientist), Corbin Bernsen (Q 2)

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A Matter Of Perspective

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43610.4: Commander Riker is accused of murder after the apparent sabotage and destruction of a science station, and the evidence seems almost certain to doom the First Officer’s career, but Picard and Troi gamble on using the Holodeck to recreate testimonies from all the surviving parties and discover that the prosecution’s case can be viewed from any number of entirely different points of view.

Order the DVDswritten by Ed Zuckerman
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Craig Richard Nelson (Chief Investigator Krag), Gina Hecht (Mrs. Apgar), Mark Margolis (Dr. Apgar), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Juli Donald (Tayna)

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Yesterday’s Enterprise

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43625.2: The derelict Enterprise NCC-1701-C, thought destroyed 24 years ago, emerges through a temporal rift, rewriting history for the crew of the Galaxy class Enterprise: the Federation is losing a war to the Klingons, Tasha Yar is still alive and fighting – and the crew of “yesterday’s” Enterprise must return to their own past to restore the timelines. And only Guinan can tell that anything seems out of place…

Order the DVDsteleplay by Ira Steven Behr, Richard Manning, Hans Beimler and Ronald D. Moore
from a story by Trent Christopher Ganino and Eric A. Stillwell
directed by David Carson
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar), Christopher McDonald (Lt. Richard Castillo), Tricia O’Neil (Captain Garrett), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)

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The Offspring

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43657.0: Data is inspired by a cybernetics conference he has attended and, after spending extensive off-duty time in his lab, announces that he has created Lal, an android “daughter” – which does not please the captain at first, but when Starfleet Admiral Haftell arrives with the intention of taking Lal off the Enterprise, Data’s child experiences an irreversible malfunction: emotion!

Order the DVDswritten by Rene Echevarria
directed by Jonathan Frakes
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Hallie Todd (Lal), Nicolas Coster (Admiral Haftell), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Judyann Elder (Lt. Ballard), Diana Moser, Hayne Bayle, Maria Leone, James G. Becker (Ten Forward Crew), Leonard John Crofoot (“generic” Lal)

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Sins of the Father

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43685.2: The Enterprise receives a Klingon first officer on the Federation exchange program, Commander Kurn, who tests Worf’s nerve and turns out to be the security chief’s brother, seperated from Worf at birth. Worf learns that their father has been indicted on charges of betraying the Khitomer Outpost – which is where he died. The execution will be carried out on Worf’s family name, and he returns to the First City of the Klingon Empire and discovers the true traitor, but also finds that even Klingons can be totally dishonest and dishonorable, and after Kurn and Captain Picard become the targets of assassins, Worf pays for a crime his father did not commit with his own honor.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Ronald D. Moore and W. Reed Moran
based on a teleplay by Drew Deighan
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Charles Cooper (K’mpec), Tony Todd (Commander Kurn), Patrick Massett (Duras), Thelma Lee (Kahlest), Teddy Davis (Transporter Technician)

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Allegiance

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43714.1: Captain Picard is kidnapped and deposited in a “laboratory maze” with three other captives – one of whom is actually an observer for the captors in disguise – while a replica of Picard begins to wreak havoc with the crew of the Enterprise, leaving Riker no choice but mutiny.

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Stephen Markle (Thol), Reiner Schone (Esoqq), Jocelyn O’Brien (Metina Haro), Jerry Rector (Maropa), Jeff Rector (Maropa)

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Captain’s Holiday

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43745.2: Captain Picard, after returning from tiring diplomatic duties, is pressed into taking a vacation on Risa by most of the bridge crew. Once on peaceful Risa, Picard is tangled up in a plan by 27th century aliens to retrieve a weapon that has made its way back in time to the 24th century, and plots by an unscrupulous Ferengi trader and a mysterious woman to gain that weapon for their own purposes.

Order the DVDswritten by Ira Steven Behr
directed by Chip Chalmers
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Jennifer Hetrick (Vash), Karen Landry (Azhure), Michael Champion (Baratus), Max Grodenchik (Sovak), Deirdre Imershein (Joval)

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Tin Man

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43779.3: The Enterprise is called on to transport first-contact specialist Tam Elbrun – a full Betazoid and one-time mental patient – to Beta Strongren to make initial contact with an alien life form representing the last of its species, but things go disastrously wrong when Romulan attackers show up, and Tam Elbrun decides to stay behind to remain in contact with the creature.

Order the DVDswritten by Dennis Putnam Bailey and David Bischoff
directed by Robert Scheerer
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Harry Groener (Tam Elbrun), Michael Cavanaugh (Captain Robert DeSoto), Peter Vogt (Romulan Captain), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

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Hollow Pursuits

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43807.4: Engineering Lieutenant Reginald Barclay, a new member of Geordi’s staff, shirks his duties in favor of spending time on the holodeck, where he has constructed intricate programs simulating members of the bridge crew as he sees them: Picard, Data and Geordi as the Three Musketeers, Dr. Crusher as a sort of fair maiden with Wesley as an asinine blueberry pie-eating Blue Boy – and Counselor Troi as a seductive goddess. When the real crew learns of Barclay’s holo-addiction, all hell breaks loose.

Order the DVDswritten by Sally Caves (a.k.a. Sarah Higley)
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Dwight Schultz (Lt. Barclay), Charley Lang (Lt. Duffy), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)

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The Most Toys

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43872.2: Data is kidnapped by a greedy collector of one-of-a-kind items and species who considers the android a prize for his collection and fools the crew of the Enterprise into thinking that Data has been killed in a freak shuttle accident. Data then squares off in a grueling psychological battle with his captor and almost tastes vengeance for the first time as the only person willing to help him escape is killed in cold blood by the unscrupulous hoarder.

Order the DVDswritten by Shari Goodhartz
directed by Timothy Bond
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Saul Rubinek (Kivas Fajo), Nehemiah Persoff (Toff), Jane Daly (Varria), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

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Sarek

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43917.4: Famed Vulcan Ambassador Sarek, father of Spock, beams aboard the Enterprise to be transported to his final diplomatic duty. But he is suffering the initial symptoms of a mind-deteriorating Vulcan disease and his Vulcan telepathic skills inadvertantly project violent, irrational impulses in the crew’s minds. Picard decides to risk a mind-meld to stabilize Sarek for the negotiations, but the captain risks his own sanity.

Order the DVDstelevision story and teleplay by Peter S. Beagle
from an unpublished story by Marc Cushman & Jake Jacobs
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Mark Lenard (Ambassador Sarek), Joanna Miles (Perrin), William Denis (Kiv Mendrossen), Rocco Sisto (Sakkath), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), John H. Francis (Science Crewman)

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Menage a Troi

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43930.7: Lwaxana Troi visits her daughter at the same time a trade conference is taking place. Ferengi DaiMon Tog decides that Mrs. Troi is the woman for him, and he kidnaps her along with Deanna and Riker. On the Enterprise, Wesley forgoes an opportunity to travel to the Academy to help locate the Ferengi ship and recover Riker, Deanna and Mrs. Troi. Picard rewards Wesley by promoting him from an acting ensign to a real Starfleet ensign.

Order the DVDswritten by Fred Bronson and Susan Sackett
directed by Robert Legato
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi), Frank Corsentino (DaiMon Tog), Ethan Phillips (Dr. Farek), Peter Slutsker (Nibor), Rudolph Willrich (Reittan Grax), Carel Struycken (Mr. Homn)

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Transfigurations

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43957.2: The Enterprise crew rescues the injured lone survivor of a shipwrecked escape pod who has lost his memory and all traces of his identity. As the survivor, dubbed “John Doe” by the crew, recovers, he develops a rapport with Doctor Crusher and the rest of the crew, but his recovery almost seems too miraculous and it is discovered that not only is John Doe recuperating with incredible speed, but he is mutating as well. But his presence on the Enterprise is seen by all as a benefit; the Crushers grow close to Doe, Geordi grows close to another Enterprise crew member, and all seems well with the exception of Doe’s occasional mutative side effects until Sunad – obviously of the same race as Doe – arrives to take Doe, who he claims to be a dangerous criminal, prisoner. But it is soon revealed that John Doe is an outcast from his own society because he has been exiled by the normal elements of his people who fear his impending mutation into a higher life form. When Sunad boards the Enterprise to take Doe, Doe completes his mutation and, forgiving his persecutors, sends Sunad back to his ship unharmed and departs from the Enterprise by himself.

Order the DVDswritten by Rene Echavarria
directed by Tom Benko
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Mark LaMura (John Doe), Charles Dennis (Sunad), Julie Warner (Christy), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Patti Tippo (Nurse Temple)

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The Best Of Both Worlds

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43989.1: Lt. Commander Shelby, a tactical advisor from Starfleet with her eye on promotion to a first officer – perhaps of the Enterprise – joins the crew as they investigate the latest planet victimized by the Borg. After another Federation planet is attacked, the Enterprise sets off in pursuit of the Borg. During the flight, Riker learns of Shelby’s impetuousity and the possibility that he himself is long overdue to command a starship of his own. The Borg intercepts the Enterprise and does critical damage, and the Enterprise enters a nebula to evade capture. When some repairs are made, the Enterprise tries to escape but is captured by the Borg. They board the Enterprise, kidnap Captain Picard, and warp toward Earth.

The Enterprise follows the Borg through Federation space until Geordi can’t keep the warp engines up to speed. Shelby leads an away team to the Borg vessel where she, Worf, Data and Dr. Crusher sabotage the Borg’s internal power network. They are attacked and hold off their attackers until the Borg adapt to generate their own shields against the crew’s hand phasers. And Captain Picard is found – no longer human, modified into a Borg. The away team returns to the Enterprise, leaving Riker with a momentous decision – he must use a variation of the Enterprise’s deflectors to disrupt the Borg and possibly kill Picard.

Order the DVDswritten by Michael Piller
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Elizabeth Dennehy (Lt. Commander Shelby), George Murdock (Admiral Hanson), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)

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