Star Trek: The Next Generation

Lonely Among Us

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 11/2/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 41249.3 While escorting diplomatic members of two alien races to a neutral planet called Parliament, the Enterprise approaches an energy field. Circling around the field in order to briefly study it, the Enterprise collects the data, and continues towards its destination...with one extra passenger.

  • 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 (14)
  • The Enterprise is transporting delegates to a peace conference when an alien entity boards the ship.

    By Celedorian, Mar 18, 2011

  • While delivering diplomats from two feuding species to a neutral meeting, the Enterprise encounters a mysterious energy cloud, that, one-by-one, takes control of senior crew members. Not a classic, but some reasonable moments...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Mar 03, 2011

  • Next Gen's first alien possession story.

    By Oddities2007, Apr 30, 2007

  • Another Recommended Episode...

    By in-correct, Jan 15, 2006

  • A weak, hackneyed script that regurgitates that ol' sci-fi favourite, alien possession...

    By Amoyaan, Feb 04, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Riker: (getting snared) What the hell?
      Antican Candidate: Sssorry, wrong ssspecies!

    • Dr. Crusher: You are only an Acting Ensign, Wes. You have to let the commissioned officers do some of the work.

    • Picard: What are you talking about Data? Is this still Sherlock Holmes? Data: Indubitably, sir. Indubitably. Picard: Well at least you got rid of that damn pipe.

    • Data: Elementary, my dear Riker.....sir.

    • Riker: We no longer enslave animals for food purposes. Antican: But we have seen humans eat meat. Riker: You've seen something as fresh and tasty as meat, but inorganically materialized out of patterns used by our transporters. Antican: Sickening!

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    Notes (4)

    • O'Brien's uniform is now gold, the color it will remain throughout TNG and DS9. He appears in red in "All Good Things..." only because Picard has gone back in time to the first episode when O'Brien wore a red uniform.

    • It indicates here that the character of Miles O'Brien is not formally introduced until Season 2's "Measure of a Man." However, a few episodes before that one, in "Unnatural Selection," when Riker calls him in the transporter room he answers back and refers to himself as "Chief O'Brien."

    • Singh had the dubious honor of being the first Enterprise-D crewman killed on the series.

    • Marc Alaimo, better known for his role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the infamous Gul Dukat, makes a guest appearance in the episode as the Antican Delegate.

    Trivia (6)

    • Trivia: This is the first episodes where the "dress" Starfleet uniforms are worn. They had a long gold braid which was the entire length of the jacket.

    • When LaForge and Crusher help Worf up off the floor in Sensor Maintainence, you can see the label for the door that should normally be outside in the hall.

    • When Singh falls and dies, his eyes are wide open, but when Worf rolls him over and says he is dead, they are closed.

    • Trivia: In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Spock refers to Sherlock Holmes when he says the line "An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Data used the same quote in this episode, although not with the exact same words: "We must fall back on the old axiom that when other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

    • In the final scene, Picard, Riker, and Troi treat the death of a peace delegate with a lightness and sense of humor that is completely innappropriate and out-of-character. I mean, wouldn't this mean war between two species wishing to join the Federation? Isn't this the murder of a sentient being?

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    Allusions (2)

    • Picard: Time and tide, Lt. LaForge. Referencing the old proverb, the modern variation of which is "Time and tide wait for no man". Robert Burns, in Tam O'Shanter, (1787) put it, "Nae man can tether time or tide". Robert Green, in Disputations (1592) wrote "Time nor tide tarrieth no man".

    • Data: Indubitably, my good woman. Data takes on the mannerisms of Sherlock Holmes, a fictional Victorian detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Data's fascination culminates in later episodes with holodeck adventures and the self-conscious holodeck character Moriarty.

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