Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 4

Suddenly Human

6
Aired Unknown Oct 15, 1990 on CBS
6.6
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A custody battle could escalate into war when a human boy showing evidence of abuse is discovered aboard a Talarian ship.

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  • Who will win Custody? Find out on this week's TNG!

    6.5
    This budget saving bottle show asks a lot of Patrick Stewart and guest star Chad Allen (the human boy), who take a ho-hum, unfocused script and do the best they can with it. In the end, the episode lacks any spark or heart, featuring too much talk and too little of interest. Watching a custody battle unfold between well meaning adults simply doesn't make for riveting sci fi television, although Deep Space Nine is able to do it better with their second season episode, "Cardassians".

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  • Among the weakest episodes of the 4th season.

    6.5
    From the very beginning, Captain Picard was characterized as being uncomfortable with children - an interesting trait that the writers liked to pull out frequently, with mixed results.



    In this case, Picard is literally thrust into fatherhood when a teenager is discovered in an alien wreckage. This story comes off as somewhat hackneyed - if you've seen any episode where a divorced dad or uncle finds a kid on their doorstep, so to speak, you've seen this one. (Especially the "heavy metal" scene - painful to watch.)



    The other twist, of course, is that the teen is the victim of an intergalactic custody battle. An interesting concept, but the teen himself was not a particularly sympathetic character and we don't particularly care what happens to him.



    This theme was better explored in the DS9 episode "Cardassians".moreless
  • The "Enterprise" answers a distress call from a talarian vessel. When the Away team is beamed aboard the Talarian vessel. They find a human boy amongst other Talarian teenage boys. The human boy called Juno is in fact Jermiah Rossa who was presumed dead.moreless

    6.3
    The "Enterprise" answers a distress call from a talarian vessel. When the Away team is beamed aboard the Talarian vessel. They find a human boy amongst other Talarian teenage boys. The human boy called Juno is in fact Jermiah Rossa who was presumed dead. It seems the boy was abducted by Endar during a attack on a federation outpost. Endar now is a Captain and is in charge of the boys. He also claims to be Juno rightful father, and demands the boy be returned. What is Juno's choice? I rate this one a 6.3 not very exciting, but informative.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

Chad Allen

Chad Allen

Jono

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Sherman Howard

Sherman Howard

Captain Endar

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Barbara Townsend

Barbara Townsend

Admiral Connaught Rossa

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the end when Picard brings Jeramiah onto the bridge, we don't hear the sound effect of the turbolift doors opening.

    • When Jeramiah sits down in 10 Forward to have a banana split, he is on Wesley's left. Then when he hits Wesley with the ice cream, it comes from Wesley's right

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (When Jeremiah spills the banana split over Wesley everybody starts laughing.)
      Data: I-I fail to understand why this is amusing.
      Riker: Access your databanks under "humor," subheading "slapstick."
      Data: Comedy stressing farce and horseplay. This, no doubt, is a variation on "pie in the face."
      Riker: Now do you see why it's funny?
      Data: No, sir. But I will take your word for it. This is very amusing.

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