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When the Bough Breaks
Stardate 41509.1
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 17 (1.17)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby   IMDB   Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
Jerry Hardin   IMDB   Radue
Brenda Strong   IMDB   Rashella
Jandi Swanson   IMDB   Katie
Paul Lambert   IMDB   Melian
Ivy Bethune   IMDB   Duana
Dierk Torsek   IMDB   Lieutenant Harry Bernard, Sr.,
Michele Marsh   IMDB   Leda
Dan Mason   IMDB   Accolan
Philip N. Waller   IMDB   Harry Bernard
Connie Danese   IMDB   Toya
Jessica Bova   IMDB   Alexandra
Vanessa Bova   IMDB   Alexandra
McKenzie Westmore   IMDB   Rose
Amy Wheaton   IMDB   Tara
Jeremy Wheaton   IMDB   Mason
Music:
Ron Jones   IMDB
Director:
Kim Manners   IMDB
Author:
Hannah Louise Shearer   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 09
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 1.5
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 1.6
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #017: When the Bough Breaks

Wesley and several children from the Enterprise are kidnapped by a sterile civilization which hopes to use them to rebuild their race.
Synopsis
The U.S.S. Enterprise accidentally discovers Aldea, a planet with advanced technology that provides every need or want a person could have.

Although Aldea has hidden itself from the universe behind a sophisticated shield, it's soon apparent that the discovery was no accident. Having lost the ability to reproduce, the Aldeans kidnap several children from the U.S.S. Enterprise, including Wesley, to perpetuate their race.

When hostage negotiations fail, Picard struggles to find a method of penetrating the planet's shield while Dr. Crusher studies the cause of the Aldean sterility problem. Meanwhile, Wesley uncovers the key to the planet's sophistication - a computer known as the Custodian, whose power source is unknown even to the Aldeans.

Before long, Dr. Crusher discovers that the Aldeans are suffering from radiation poisoning caused by the protective shield overhead. As it turns out, the shield has also weakened the planet's atmosphere. Picard and Crusher inform the Aldean leaders of this development and plead for the release of the children. When the Aldeans agree Picard uses the U.S.S. Enterprise to repair the planet's atmosphere. Crusher, meanwhile, gives the dying race a treatment that will save them.
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 14:08:41
The Aldeans have some awesome technology (planetary cloaking?!) and that presents a certain coolness factor to this otherwise fairly dull episode. Wil Weaton gets a lot of sceentime, a good thing if you happen to like him.

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