Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 10

New Ground

6
Aired Unknown Jan 06, 1992 on CBS
6.4
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Stardate: 45376.3 Worf's son, Alexander, unexpectedly arrives on the Enterprise to visit his father. However, Alexander wants to stay permanently.

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  • Well, this one's Unique. Too bad it's not exciting.

    6.0
    Brian Bonsall takes over the role of Alexander in this somewhat forgettable character driven episode that deals with Worf's struggle as an inexperienced, single parent. After the fabulous Worf stories the prior two seasons, this one is certainly a let down, though it has its moments. The B story, unremarkable in its own right, involves the testing of a cosmic surfing device that unexpectedly goes awry, putting lives in danger. The artificial drama at the end, tying up the two storylines, is particular embarrassing for a show of this caliber, as it would seem more at home in 1980s afterschool special.moreless
  • Not the best episode involving Worf.

    6.5
    I watched this again recently. Most of the episodes involving Worf are usually of a superior quality. This one is pretty flat. Though there is plenty of conflict between Worf and Alexander is poorly done. Maybe if theyd had more of a focus on the Klingon aspect of father/son relationship it would have had a bit more kick to it. As it was, it just rang with a hollow "another father/son" spat. Moreover, we knew theyd always resolve it in the end.



    It hard to mark this one down, but it just didnt happen for me and if I were to miss an episode from ST:TNG - this would be one of them!moreless
  • The show takes a bad turn when it cripples Worf's viability as a character. And that's the GOOD part of the episode.

    6.0
    In terms of classic episodes, the 5th season of TNG is comparable to the 3rd and 4th. Unfortunately, though, the producers' quality control slipped and the season included at least 5 or 6 weak stories. "New Ground" leads off a particularly weak sequence of 4 episodes.



    When Worf's arc came to a triumphant conclusion in "Redemption", the writers apparently didn't know what to do with the character - hence they brought back his son Alexander. Unfortunately, Worf's travails as a father are not particularly interesting and Worf stories during the rest of TNG's run would generally be average at best. It's a real shame and the character never recovered until they brought him back to DS9.



    The B-plot of the episode - the soliton wave - is 3rd-tier TNG at best. Boring pseudo-scientific nonsense.moreless
  • The “Enterprise” heads for Bilana III to witness the testing of a new propulsion method. The new method is called the Soliton wave. Meanwhile, Worf receives an unexpected visit from his mother Helena and his son Alexander.moreless

    6.4
    The “Enterprise” heads for Bilana III to witness the testing of a new propulsion method. The new method is called the Soliton wave. Meanwhile, Worf receives an unexpected visit from his mother Helena and his son Alexander. Helena is getting old and feels Alexander should be with his father. Alexander is checked into class. Alexander has a hard time learning to adjust to life on the “Enterprise”. Alexander while on a class fieldtrip takes model lizard. Worf is angry with Alexander and explains that honor is the Klingon way. The Soliton wave is somewhat successful before it fails.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

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Georgia Brown

Georgia Brown

Helena Rozhenko

Guest Star

Richard McGonagle

Richard McGonagle

Dr. J'Dar

Guest Star

Jennifer Edwards

Jennifer Edwards

Kyle

Guest Star

Brian Bonsall

Brian Bonsall

Alexander

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: The prototype ship being ferried by the soliton wave is an elusive Curry-class starship. Identified by the Excelsior-class stardrive and bridge with Miranda-class warp nacelles attached to the underside of the saucer.

    • When going to rescue Alexander from the bio-lab, Data would've been the one that should've gone with Worf, not Riker. Data wouldn't have to deal with smoke inhalation and would've been strong enough to move debris as shown. Riker could've stayed on the bridge and fired the torpedoes to disperse the soliton wave, or anyone else there, for that matter.

    • Everybody is worried that the torpedo burst will flood the Enterprise with ion radiation. Both the wave and the Enterprise are at warp, and according to the Theory of Relativity, the ion radiation generated by the torpedoes exploding can only travel at the speed of light, regardless of the speed of the emitting source. The Enterprise should have sped away from the radiation with no effect.

    • When Worf freezes the holodeck program after Alexander was using his training program: the program freezes but the surrounding fog is still moving while it should also freeze.

    • When Crusher and Ms. Kyle both contact Worf when he is in the captain's ready room, they seem to be contacting him through the ship's comm system and not over his comm badge--in which case they would have to have directed the 'call' to the ready room--wouldn't they know not to bother him when he's meeting with the captain?

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (About Alexander)
      Worf: Klingon children often require a firm hand.
      Helena Rozhenko: I do know something about raising Klingon children.

  • NOTES (3)

    • On the father-son field trip, the teacher is talking about white rhinos while the children are gathered around a diorama... which features an Indian Rhino. White rhinos have two horns, one quite large, are much larger over all and are native to Africa. Indian rhinos have one, smaller horn, have a more dinstinct armor-looking hide and are (obviously) native to India. The rhino in the diorama is half-submerged in water; white rhinos roll around the mud, but do not usually enter bodies of water that deeply... whereas Indian rhinos love to do so.

    • Geordi compares being at the first test of the soliton wave as like being present when "Zefram Cochrane engaged the first warp drive". Four years later, in Star Trek: First Contact, Geordi (along with Riker) accompanied Cochrane on the maiden voyage of the Phoenix, the first warp ship.

    • Brian Bonsall takes over the role of Alexander Rozhenko. He is best known as playing Andrew Keaton on Family Ties.

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