Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 6

Booby Trap

6
Aired Unknown Oct 30, 1989 on CBS
7.9
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Stardate: 43205.6 While investigating an ancient ship left adrift in space, the Enterprise accidentally trips the ancient booby trap that disabled the old vessel over 1000 years ago.

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  • Geordi uses the holedeck to create the likeness of Dr. Brahms, the engineer who designed the warp engines, so they can work together to help the ship escape.

    8.0
    This is a fun Geordi/holodeck episode that nicely advances Geordi's character and avoids the "broken holodeck" cliché (although I guess you can say the ship itself is broken). Susan Gibney is great as Dr. Brahms (she would later be considered for the roles of Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine for Voyager) and works well with LeVar Burton. The story moves along nicely and having Trek's first female director might be why this episode deals with romance better than most other installments. Unfortunately, the danger to the ship is treated as sort of a secondary story, but then it's not the most interesting or special "ship in danger" idea anyway – it's just a way of facilitating the Geordi story.moreless
  • The Enterprise gets stuck in an ancient booby trap, and Geordi has romantic success with the ship's computer.

    7.0
    This is an episode that in seasons 1 or 2 would have probably been regarded as quite good, but is below average for TNG's key stretch.



    The plot with Geordi was OK - while there's nothing flatly bad about it, it involves a lot of talking and not a lot of happening. There's too much of the technobabble that TNG tended to overuse.



    The related of the Enterprise's growing difficulties at extricating itself from the trap is more interesting, though again nothing particularly special.



    What is special is an musing sequence featuring Picard, Riker, Worf, Data and O'Brien. After Picard shows exasperation at the fact that no one shared his childhood hobby, Worf and Data deliver a pair of hilarious lines. Then O'Brien says he in fact did share Picard's hobby - and then is forced to defend himself against Riker's "you brown-noser!" look.moreless
  • Geordi finds his "Dream date"/ The Enterprise stumbles upon an ancient battlefield, finds a derelict spaceship that turns out to be a booby trap layed nearly 1000 years ago, and only the computer can help.moreless

    7.1
    Here we go - This tale has been told in other episodes. They get trapped and the harder they try to get out, the more they ensnare themselves. This time, they don't have to be so clever, they just need to turn control over to the computer (in the form of a back massaging Leah Brahms) to get them out.



    Yes, Geordi is a loser with women. Maybe this is a stereotype of the prototypical nerd, but whatever it is, it's just plain awkward. Worf is still his Klingon self. Data is still robotic and Picard is just starting to break through the two dimensional portrait he was originally cast as. The series is just about to hit its stride, but at this point, is still in its formative years. There's some humor, but everyone is still playing to their pre-conceived archetype, thus the classification as "character development".moreless
  • The Enterprise comes across an ancient battlefield where a derelict spaceship sits and soon finds itself in a 1,000 year old trap. To find a solution and save the ship, LaForge must use the holodeck and the image of one of the Enterprise's designers.moreless

    8.5
    There are so many things I like about this episode. The situation of a battleship from 1,000 years before, when our own planet was barely in the Renaissance intrigues me, much as it does Picard. The problem it presents to the ship with its still working trap is an interesting dilemma, the tried and true "ancient trap". It presents a nice message of caution in our exploration and provided for a fun story.



    The most interesting part of the episode, however, may be the story's character driven plot involving LaForge and a holgram of Dr. Leah Brahms working together to save the ship. This storyline gives another opportunity to expand on Geordi, this time dealing with his lack of romantic prowess, but showing that maybe all he needs is a like minded person with whom he actually has something in common. Of course, being our first (but not the last) character falling for a holodeck individual plot he gets a highly idealized version, a fact we're reminded of at the end of the episode. It is here, though, that we get to know the Enterprise-D's chief engineer a little better and get the opportunity to see the often uptight Geordi relax a little bit. As a LaForge fan, I might be biased, but it is still a high quality episode, and made even better by its "sequel" a year later.moreless
  • Imagine finding a ancient ship in space amongst space rocks. A away team beams aboard the ancient ship only to find the crew has been dead for over 1,000 years. It seems they all died at thier posts. Now something is going wrong with the "Enterprise".moreless

    10
    Imagine finding a ancient ship in space amongst space rocks. A away team beams aboard the ancient ship only to find the crew has been dead for over 1,000 years. It seems they all died at thier posts. Now something is going wrong with the "Enterprise". It seems that ship's power is being drained and is being turned into harmful radiation. Is it the same fate as the crew of the ancient ship? Geordi intiates a program on the holodeck. A simulated Dr. Leah Brahms gives Geordi advice. This is my favorite episode I give it a perfect 10.0moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Susan Gibney

Susan Gibney

Dr. Leah Brahms

Guest Star

Albert Hall

Albert Hall

Galek Dar

Guest Star

Julie Warner

Julie Warner

Christy Henshaw

Guest Star

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Guinan

Recurring Role

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Picard tells Riker that Geordi is giving the computer control of the ship, watch the doors of the ready room as they close behind Riker. They hit, bounce against each other, then finally get around to shutting.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • LaForge: I just don't get it, Guinan. I can field strip a fusion reactor. I can realign a power transfer tunnel. Why can't I make things work with a woman like Christy? It's like...I don't know what to do. I don't know what to say.
      Guinan: You're doing fine with me.
      LaForge: You're different.
      Guinan: No, you're different.
      LaForge: But I'm not trying now.
      Guinan: That's my point.

    • Picard: Didn't anybody here build ships in bottles when they were boys?
      Worf: I did not play with toys.
      Data: I was never a boy.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The music the gypsy violinist plays during Geordi and Christy's abortive date is the "Hungarian Dance" by Brahms.

    • The score heard during the escape from the debris field is the same music used during the escape from the void in the season two episode "Where Silence Has Lease." It does, however, get a different mix in "Booby Trap."

    • When Geordi and Guinan are talking in Ten Forward, she tells him she is attracted to bald men "because a bald man was kind to me once, when I was hurting, took care of me". This is a reference to the Season 5 cliffhanger "Times Arrow."

    • Susan Gibney makes her first appearance as Leah Brahms. In an alternate future in "All Good Things..." the character would be wed to Geordi LaForge.

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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