Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 5

Disaster

5
Aired Unknown Oct 21, 1991 on CBS
8.6
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Stardate: 45156.1 A natural disaster leaves Troi in command of the Enterprise, Picard stuck in a turbo lift with three small children, and Keiko O'Brien stuck in Ten-Forward giving birth with the help of an anxious Worf.

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  • "You may now give birth."

    8.0
    This unique "fish out of water" episode was written as an homage to disaster movies, although it comes off as reminiscent of an old sitcom plot device as well. The episode has five different stories, expertly directed by Gabrielle Beaumont, making this one a very character-rich Trek installment. Picard's "stuck in the elevator" story (with children) is something new for Patrick Stewart to deal with, and he handles it wonderfully. Meanwhile, Troi finds herself the senior officer on the bridge despite having little knowledge of how to run the show, with Chief O'Brien and Ensign Ro having a better understanding of what's going on but disagreeing on what to do about it. The writers clearly struggle with this subplot, not yet having a handle on Ro's character, but Marina Sirtis (Troi) is fabulous with what she's given. Keiko, in typical television fashion, chooses this time to have her baby, which gives us our third big part of the episode, and allows Michael Dorn to shine as Worf the midwife. The D story features Riker and Data trying to get to engineering, and the E story has La Forge and Dr. Crusher in trouble in a cargo bay. Both are just there to give these characters something to do and are short and sweet. All the stories work well together, and the cutting from one to another keeps this one exciting from beginning to end.moreless
  • Picard is taking the three young winners of a primary school contest on a tour of the ship. Picard and the kids enter the turbo lift, all of the sudden the turbo lift beings to drop rapidly.moreless

    9.5
    Picard is taking the three young winners of a primary school contest on a tour of the ship. Picard and the kids enter the turbo lift, all of the sudden the turbo lift beings to drop rapidly. The “Enterprise” has hit a quantum filament that has cause the ship to shake violently. The “Enterprise” is without power and communications is down. Troi is the only commanding officer on the bridge. She is faced with decisions she has never had to make before, Because Data, Riker, Geordi, Picard, Dr Krusher, and Picard are all stranded in other parts of the ship.moreless
  • This is one of my favorite types of TNG episodes.

    10
    This episode is interesting because of the fact that almost all of the bridge-crew is caught in a dire situation, some that even could turn out deadly. This episode is cool because it is another nightmare scenario on board the Enterprise D. It is always interesting how they escape the nightmare scenarios in this episode and every other episode like it.
  • A classic premise leads to some great character development.

    8.0
    "Disaster" themes are a cliche in human mythology - a bunch of individuals rise above themselves in adversity. The disaster, and overcoming it, are a key element, but the story is really about the characters themselves. It's almost a surprise that TNG took more than 4 seasons to offer their own spin.



    There are five stories here. The best, without a doubt, is the Worf-Keiko plot. Yeah, it's a predictable one that has been used many times before - but it's done so well, for so many laughs, that you can't help enjoying it.



    The Picard-and-children is also extremely engaging. TNG had mixed success with kid actors and kid stories, but this is an obvious hit.



    The Riker-Data and Geordi-Crusher stories are fun filler. It's clear that on their own they would have been thin gruel, but in this context they work well.



    The Troi-Ro-O'Brien story may be the weakest link here. The writers clearly share Ro's contempt for Troi, which is probably well-deserved but still painful to watch. Still, at least they get points for honesty - a "Troi proves to be a convincing commanding officer" story would have been ludicrous.moreless
  • Captain Picard faces his worst fear: children

    9.3
    In this episode, Disaster, the Enterprise is rendered inoperative due to its colliding with two quantum filaments. Captain Picard is trapped in a turbo lift with three children. The rest of the crew is stuck in various areas of the ship trying to restore power and life support. Counselor Troi is left in command of the bridge and she has to deal with suddenly being thrust in command. Riker and Data must reach engineering and regain control of the ship. Riker and Data are able to prevent the ship from being destroyed and life soon returns to normal aboard the Enterprise.moreless
Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Erika Flores

Erika Flores

Marissa Flores

Guest Star

John Christian Graas

John Christian Graas

Jay Gordon Graas

Guest Star

Max Supera

Max Supera

Patterson Supra

Guest Star

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Ensign Ro Laren

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Even though O'Brien referred to her as Lt. Monroe, Jana Marie Hupp is listed as Ensign Monroe in the episode credits, and is wearing ensign rank pips.

    • This is one of two missions in which Commander Troi is Acting Captain. The second is in Star Trek X: Nemesis.

    • Deanna has no idea what a containment breach is? Even a first year cadet would know that would be the death of everyone.

    • When Picard is handing out his rank insignia to the children in the turbolift, we can see two pinholes on the girl's collar before Picard even begins to remove the rank insignia off his own collar. Obviously it was not the director's first take in that scene.

    • Why is it that the cargo bay can be depressurized by the console nearest the outer bay doors, yet only repressurized by the control panel by the entrance much further away?

    • Dr. Crusher says that the wall is hot. LaForge asks her where. His VISOR can detect infrared. Can't he SEE where it's hot?

    • Dr Crusher tells Geordi that they have to hold their breath when they depressurize the cargo bay. This would kill them both, because their lungs wouldn't be able to withstand the pressure difference. They would have had to exhale in order to survive.

    • It seems strange that opening the hanger door to get rid of the room's oxygen would have had any effect on the "plasma fire." A material existing in the plasma state has nothing to do with combustion, just really high temperatures, which was most likely being caused by the tremendous flow of energy through the ship's systems. Since the power flow would persist even after the air had been removed, there is no reason to expect the plasma fire to go out.

    • Somehow Picard, with a broken ankle, managed to climb out of the turbolift and onto the ladder. It's unlikely the children were strong enough to lift him up through the top of the lift.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Worf: (to Keiko in labor) Congratulations. You are fully dilated to ten centimeters. You may now give birth.

    • Keiko: I'm having contractions.
      Worf: I believe that is not uncommon in late months of pregnancy.
      Keiko: No, I mean contractions! am going into labor!
      Worf: You can not. This is not a good time, Keiko.
      Keiko: It's not open for debate. Like it or not, this baby is coming.

    • (Troi comes onto the bridge and sits down in the Captain's chair)
      Riker: You just can't stay away from the big chair, can you?
      Troi: I don't think I'm cut out to be Captain. First Officer, maybe. I understand there aren't many qualifications.

    • Worf: Dilation has gone to seven centimeters since the start of labor. That did not take very long.
      Keiko: That's easy for you to say.

    • Riker: Let me get this straight. You want me to take off your head!?
      Data: Yes sir.

  • NOTES (2)

    • At the end of the episode, the children present Picard a plaque with their full names on it. The last names are the same as the actors who played them.

    • It's rather neat how the umbilical cord on Keiko's baby is used to hide its genitalia, thus preventing any problems with censors. Quite a creative approach, and one that fits with the scene quite well.

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