Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 22


Aired Unknown Apr 18, 1988 on CBS

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  • The Enterprise receives a distress signal from a freighter and discovers a plague may actually be a drug addiction.

    In a bit of an inside joke, Symbiosis stars two supporting actors from Star Trek II (who once again are on opposite sides of an issue here.) Fortunately, Judson Scott (uncredited as Khan's right hand man in Wrath of Khan) and the late Merritt Butrick (who played Kirk's son in the same film) are fabulous actors, because the script's dumbed-down preaching about drug abuse is cringe-worthy, but their acting elevates the writing anyway. The interesting thing about the episode is that it's more of a tobacco industry allegory than anything, and had the writers been more ambitious, they could have found greater material to mine regarding this issue of legal drug addiction. However, "Symbiosis" plays it safe and is the TNG equivalent of an After School special.