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Collision with a quantum filament leaves Troi in charge of a damaged and endangered Enterprise with emergency bulkheads cutting off sections of the ship.


Gabrielle Beaumont


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Michelle Forbes ... Ensign Ro Laren
Erika Flores ... Marissa Flores
John Christian Graas John Christian Graas ... Jay Gordon Graas
Max Supera Max Supera ... Patterson Supera
Cameron Arnett ... Ensign Mandel
Jana Marie Hupp ... Lieutenant Monroe


During a period of rest, and just after three elementary school science fair prize winners leave with Capt. Picard for a tour of the ship, the Enterprise hits a quantum filament, trapping its people in different compartments under varying emergencies. Geordi and Dr. Crusher face a plasma fire that begins to destabilize stored supplies into high-yield explosives; Data and Riker face a lethal electrical arc on their only available route to engineering; Worf presides over Keiko O'Brien going into labor; the wounded captain and the school children rally to escape a damaged and dangling turbolift; Troi, as highest in rank on the bridge, faces a crucial decision as the warp core heads toward collapse and ship-wide destruction. Written by KGF Vissers/revised by statmanjeff

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19 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the children suggests singing a song called "The Laughing Vulcan And His Dog." Some have speculated that the fictional song title was inspired, or perhaps a reference to the character Sybock from Star Trek V The Final Frontier. Writers have said however, this was not the case. See more »


When Geordi depressurizes the cargo bay, everything is seen going into space except the panel leaning against the wall under the plasma fire. See more »


Capt. Picard: [Picard and three children are stuck between decks in a malfunctioning turbolift] Number One, those big clamps are part of the emergency system. They're designed to hold the turbolift in place if something goes wrong. But it would seem that they're damaged.
Marissa Flores: Is that why we keep shaking?
Capt. Picard: Yes, now when they give way, we shall fall. You must take you're crew out of here before that happens. Now, there's a ladder that runs the length of the turboshaft. You can climb up it until you come to an open ...
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I am the very model of a modern Major-General
from "The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty" (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by LeVar Burton
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22 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Enterprise hits something called a 'quantum filament' and the ship is messed up...real bad! Several folks are killed and the ship's emergency bulkheads kick in and cut off the various parts of the ship from each other--and they cannot communicate. So, various familiar crew members are now scrambling to gain control of the ship and save it. Picard is unexpectedly is caught in a turbolift with some children, so he makes them his 'crew'. Troi is on the bridge and ends up having to take control. Warf is stuck with a pregnant Keiko...who's about ready to give birth! Eventually, of course, they're able to straighten things out and the day is saved.

This is a cute but inconsequential episode. Cute because it was nice seeing the Captain with kids, as he's always so uncomfortable around them--but he does manage to bond with them and overcame his awkwardness. Worf's also quite cute as a very uncomfortable midwife!

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