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Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 25

Transfigurations

5
Aired Unknown Jun 04, 1990 on CBS
7.2
out of 10
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196 votes
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Stardate: 43957.2 Dr. Crusher becomes attracted to an injured alien with mysterious powers, who is being tracked down by his government like a wanted criminal.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • It's Star Trek meets the Green Mile meets X-Men.

    7.0
    This mystery/romance episode is a mixed bag. The mystery is suspenseful and interesting, and develops into a nice religious allegory. The romance, however, falls flat. The main story features Beverly and "John Doe", played by guest star Mark La Mura, and there's just not any chemistry between the two because La Mura's character doesn't come across as a very dynamic love interest but merely a likeable guy. Meanwhile, La Forge features in a B story that doesn't really go anywhere but has its cute moments.moreless
  • The "Enterprise" investigating a wreckage of a escape pod discovers a severely injured humanoid. Dr Crusher says the subject is barely alive. But is unable to transport him due to severe head injury. She ask Geordi if he would volunteer having a brainwavemoreless

    6.8
    The "Enterprise" investigating a wreckage of a escape pod discovers a severely injured humanoid. Dr Crusher says the subject is barely alive. But is unable to transport him due to severe head injury. She ask Geordi if he would volunteer having a brainwave emitter placed on his forehead. The victim is known as John Doe. The device saves the victims life. John Doe recovers at a fast rate. He also has the power to heal others. He is a wanted criminal on his home world. The crime is evolution. I rate this one a 6.8 for supernatural evolution.moreless
  • TNG takes on an obliquely religious slant.

    7.5
    Unlike DS9, TNG took place in a hyperrational world. No matter how otherworldly or mystical, almost every phenomenon had some scientific explanation.



    While not literally bringing up this issue, the story pretty clearly portrays John Doe as a messianic figure - persecuted by his own people because he and a few others are reaching a newly enlightened state, and having mysterious healing powers. It builds nicely, setting up a fair amount of excitement about who exactly John is, and what he is becoming. The resolution is somewhat disappointing, unfortunately.



    Also – the idea of Worf coaching Geordi about women is hilarious. Well played!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

Mark La Mura

Mark La Mura

John Doe

Guest Star

Charles Dennis

Charles Dennis

Cmdr. Sunad

Guest Star

Julie Warner

Julie Warner

Christy Henshaw

Guest Star

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the beginning, Dr. Crusher says that the crash survivor's heart "needs active neural feedback" and that "it can't regulate itself." She then attaches Geordi's nervous system to the patient, saying "your brain will regulate both systems." The heart is not controlled by the brain; cardiac muscle is regulated by impulses the heart sends to itself, not by impulses sent to it from the central nervous system.

    • At the beginning of the episode, energy goes from John Doe to Geordi's head. All during the rest of the episode whenever this happens the person that John Doe touches is healed of whatever is wrong with them. Why isn't Geordi healed of being blind? Instead he supposedly gets a boost of confidence from John Doe.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Dr. Crusher: Now these bands will send electrical impulses to your muscles, and help stimulate your ability to walk.
      John: Don't worry about me, Beverly. At the moment, I feel like I could fly. (stumbling into Beverly's arms) Although, perhaps I should learn to walk first.

    • Worf: Less talk, more synthehol!

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode features a character named Nurse Temple, as a tribute to the similarly named Nurse Chapel from the original series.

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