Star Trek: The Next Generation


Season 1, Ep 25, Aired 5/9/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 41775.5 Picard suspects a large-scale conspiracy when he witnesses strange behavior among Starfleet's high ranking officers.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Patrick Stewart

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard

  • Jonathan Frakes

    Cmdr. William T. Riker

  • Brent Spiner

    Lt. Cmdr. Data

  • Gates McFadden

    Dr. Beverly Crusher

  • Marina Sirtis

    Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • Ideas about making "New Parasite horror films".

    By EddieWinters, May 21, 2015

  • Suspecting that a conspiracy may be afoot in the highest levels of Starfleet Command, Picard orders Enterprise to return to Earth to investigate.

    By meathead704, Aug 29, 2012

  • What were they thinking?

    By dmwest, Nov 13, 2009

  • Superb plot, should have been the season finale!

    By AvatarBlue, May 24, 2008

  • The Enterprise returns to Earth, where a conspiracy seems to be threatening Starfleet.

    By Celedorian, May 07, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Troi: Data, have you ever been for a real moonlight swim?
      Data: One can swim in moonlight?
      Troi: How about you, Mr. Worf?
      Worf: Swimming is too much like... bathing.

    • Riker: Why the devil would we be going there? Are there any miners or indigenous life forms on the planet? Data: I believe the answer is negative to both questions, sir. In a manner of speaking, it is nothing but a lifeless hunk of rock, a useless ball of mud, a worthless chunk of... Riker: Thank you, Data. I get the idea.

    • Worf: Are you all right? Geordi: Ugh. If I could see, I'd be seeing stars!

    • Data: (thinking out loud) Startling. Quite extraordinary, in fact! Computer: Direction unclear. Please repeat request. Data: That was not a request. I was simply... (with a surprised look)...talking to myself. A human idiosyncrasy, triggered by a fascination with a particular set of facts, or sometimes brought about by senility or used as a means of weighing information before reaching a conclusion, or as a... Computer: (interrupting) Thank you, sir, I comprehend.

    Notes (12)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Series.

    • Admiral Quinn's case containing the alien creature is a modified Nintendo Power three-ring binder.

    • The topographical map of the planetary surface has a very crude drawing of the Japanese manga characters, Kei and Yuri, from Dirty Pair, also known as Lovely Angels in Japan. Kei is upside down, and Yuri is on the right side.

    • In the scene where Riker enters the room with the Starfleet officers who have been taken over, Jonathan Frakes's bowl was the only one filled with real worms. During one take, when he lifts some worms over his mouth to pretend he was one of them, a worm accidentally fell and landed in his mouth. He ate the worm and continued the scene, but they didn't use that cut in the final version.

    • Michael Berryman (Captain Rixx) loved the Bolian make-up so much that he actually wore it home after filming was completed for the day.

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    Trivia (16)

    • When Commander Remmick transports Quinn to the Enterprise, there is a clear shot of his neck - with no "spike" on it. However, it turns out that Remmick was the host of one of the parasites, so he should have had one.

    • When the Enterprise alters course to investigate the debris field, it is shown that while Geordi is at the helm, the Ops console is unmanned, while Data is presumably doing the research Captain Picard had requested. This is itself is a goof, as it is shown in many episodes that whenever an officer has to leave such a post, another officer always replaces them. In a further goof, in the next shot from a similar camera angle, Data's hand is seen, implying that he is, in fact working at the Ops console.

    • Worf suggests that the debris that they discover might have come from one of the ships that had been orbiting Ditalix-B, and Geordi adds that that's possible because they're "close to that planet". However, it is difficult to understand what Geordi is trying to add to the discussion, considering that the Enterprise had just left Ditalix, and were quite obviously near that planet.

    • When the Captain arrives for dinner, and they have tea while waiting for the dinner to be prepared, there are only three glasses on the table. As they expected Riker to be there as well, there should have been four.

    • Trivia: Captain Walker Keel is the only person during the entire series to actually pronounce 'Jean-Luc' with a proper French accent; specifically 'Luc' which cannot be easily pronounced by those whose main language is English. Not even Patrick Stewart himself can say it properly.

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    • EddieWinters May 22, 2015

      TV show making people should come up their good weird ideas about make their own new 'Alien Parasite TV shows' about these parasite bugs that gets inside the human bodies or impregnates inside their bodies and their bodies will bulge and expand until the parasite gets bigger and burst out of their bodies. But they have to do only the real special make-up effects, parasite creature puppet effects, and do bunch of body inflation bladders effects.

    • mgg121288 Jul 06, 2014

      I wonder how Data would have fared against the possesed Admiral Quinn if he would have went with Riker and Worf after hearing Picards security signal response?

    • kbzombie Apr 25, 2014

      Even the computer gets impatient with data's rambling. LOL