Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 16

Galaxy's Child

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Aired Unknown Mar 11, 1991 on CBS
7.5
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Stardate: 44614.6 Geordi must work with the real Leah Brahms when she arrives on the Enterprise when a space-born alien life form thinks the ship is its mother. Tensions rise when she learns that Geordi created a holographic version of her several months before in order to save the ship from danger.moreless

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  • Dr. Brahms is mean!

    7.5
    This Geordi episode, a sequel to third season's "Booby Trap", marries effectively marries two interesting story ideas. The A story (with Geordi) brings back Leah Brahms (or, rather, introduces us and Geordi - to the real Leah) who isn't quite the match made in heaven the engineer is hoping for. It's an idea that's easy to relate to, whether it's the notion of a fantasy lover who doesn't turn out to be quite so perfect in real life, or the idea of being a fantasy object who can't live up to unrealistic expectations. The B story, about a space creature that mistakes the Enterprise for his mother, is the sort of story that not too many other shows can do and works nicely both on its own and as a threat the A story needs to move forward.moreless
  • My all time favorite Trek episode of any series

    10
    There weren't too many times during the run of TNG where the focus was almost entirely on a main character, but this episode is one of them. Commander Geordi LaForge, in a previous episode, had modified the warp engines and come to "know" their designer through a holographic simulation. He then fell in love with this simulation. But here we find him meeting the real Leah Brahms, and facing the ultimate disappointment of her not liking him. Having a fantasy woman, and even worse having her not measure up, is a frequent occurence among young males. The interplay between Geordi and Leah going from antagonism to stiff formality and finally to a cordial working relationship is fun to watch. Levar Burton gives a tour de force performance in Galaxy's Child. He's alternately happy, sad, hurt, scheming, compliant and resourceful, in other words exactly like an adolescent male in love. I think it's a shame that they never brought Leah back, though I believe they had the two of them married in All Good Things, but that was an alternate timeline episode. I think they married LaForge off to someone else in one of the movies, but my memory is hazy on that. All in all a great episode, one I can watch again and again.moreless
  • Better than the previous Leah Brahms episode.

    7.5
    The real Dr. Brahms is more interesting than her holodeck replica, and that's why this episode improves over "Booby Trap".



    As was frequently the case, Whoopi Goldberg's acting was enough to enhance nearly every scene she was in, and her interactions with Levar Burton are no exception. The sequences between Geordi and his crush are also quite good - a little conflict makes for good drama.



    As far as the obligatory scifi B-plot that complements the character-driven A-plot - I'm not a huge fan of this kind of plot setup, but this one is more interesting than average. The sequence where Picard expresses shock at destroying a newly discovered lifeform resonates, simply because we take the Enterprise's goody-goody intentions for granted; it would have been interesting to have an entire episode where Picard attempts to grapple with this kind of twist, but the baby conveniently bails them out of their moral quandary.moreless
  • A follow-up to "Booby Trap", Geordi thinks an engine designer is a certain personality, but in fact is another and he comes across like a stalker, knowing all her likes and dislikes.moreless

    8.5
    I call this one "filler" because the episode is based out of canned parts -- the usual a/b plot where "a" is a character issue and "b" is the sci-fi element. Which is pretty much typical of TNG, with "a" usually getting the forefront.



    In this episode, directed by the inestimable Winrich Kolbe, what should be an ordinary episode is elevated by strong performances and above-par direction.



    I mention his direction because he will put in objects in views and scenes that relate. The pre-credits teaser features Geordi and Guinan discussing living a dream, in the holodeck environment (known for being addictive). In the forefront, while blurred to show the two characters in proper focus, is a glass filled with an alcoholic beverage. (Since it's blue, let's just say it's Romulan Ale.) While the characters are talking, if the camera angles or dialogue doesn't inspire, keep your eyes open for other pieces in the scene. Mr. Kolbe often gets good stories, or worst case scenario turns gold dust into gold bars. He's what TNG needed.



    So we have Geordie realizing his dream girl isn't so dreamy after all, who thinks he's a psycho stalker because he's not just read up on her, he's interacted with a holodeck-generated version of her whose personality is not her. Especially when Leah, the engine designer, figures out what is going on, it's pay day.



    The "b" plot is the Enterprise finding a new life form, killing it when being attacked, discovering the life form was going to give birth, and plays surrogate for the offspring until they can find its theorized home. While somewhat cliché, it doesn't fail to be moving, and allows Geordi and the real Leah to save the day.



    A very underrated story, made better by solid acting and in the hands of Winrich Kolbe.moreless
  • La Forge is excited to learn Dr. Leah Brahms, whose image he met in "Booby Trap", will be visiting the Enterprise. She's not as expected, however, and things get even more complicated when a baby spaceborne lifeform thinks the ship is its mother.moreless

    8.5
    I have to admit that coming into this one, I'm a bit biased. La Forge may be my favorite TNG character, so any episode where he's the focus, with the probable exception of "Aquiel", I will enjoy. And this one I really do enjoy. One of the main parts of the episode involves Geordi meeting and working with his "dream woman", Enterprise engine designer Dr. Leah Brahms who we sort of but didn't really meet in "Booby Trap". Believe it or not, she's not much like her holographic self. Where the hologram was kind and warm, the real Leah is terse, ill tempered, and perhaps a little overprotective of "her" engines. Needless to say, it throws our poor chief engineer for a loop, but it does provide for some very entertaining interaction between the two. It's fun to see him try, truly try, to get something going with her only to be rebuffed multiple times and have it all come crashing down when she reveals that she's married. And the fun doesn't end there, either, as she inevitably discovers that lovestruck hologram. Not the best day for our favorite blind man, who sometimes comes across in his stalkery best. Even then, he has good enough intentions and their final scene together is bittersweet.



    The episode's other main storyline, involving a baby spaceborne entity feeding on the Enterprise's power, is good, too. The design for the infant "space whale" looks good and it's nice to actually get a sense of wonder and satisfaction from our crew when they realize that they've discovered a life form that has never been seen. It's harsh when it all comes crashing down a scene later, but it still has a happy ending so all ends well in baby space whale land. And a happy ending for me with this satisfying episode. Long live Leah/Geordi. ;)moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

Susan Gibney

Susan Gibney

Dr. Leah Brahms

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Jana Marie Hupp

Jana Marie Hupp

Ensign Pavlik

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Lanai Chapman

Lanai Chapman

Ensign Sariel Rager

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April Grace

April Grace

Transporter Chief

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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Guinan

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