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Home Soil
Stardate 41463.9
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 18 (1.18)

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:
Walter Gotell   IMDB   Kurt Mandl
Elizabeth Lindsey   IMDB   Louisa Kim
Gerard Pendergrast   IMDB   Bjorn Bensen
Mario Roccuzzo   IMDB   Arthur Malencon
Carolyne Barry   IMDB   Female Engineer
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Corey Allen   IMDB
Teleplay:
Robert Sabaroff   IMDB
Story:
Karl Guers   IMDB
Ralph Sanchez   IMDB
Robert Sabaroff   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 #018: Home Soil

A powerful microscopic life form declares war on humans, takes over the Enterprise's lab and computers and threatens to destroy the ship.
Synopsis
At the Federation's request, a U.S.S. Enterprise away team visits Velara III where a group of terraformers are working to transform the seemingly desolate planet into one capable of supporting life.

Tragically, a terraformer engineer is killed during their visit in a bizarre hydraulic room accident.

While investigating the mishap, Data is inexplicably attacked by the laser drilling system. He escapes injury, but upon further exploration, Data and Geordi find a microscopic inorganic life form that seems to be trying to communicate with them. They take the life form, or "microbrain" as they refer to it, back to the U.S.S. Enterprise where it begins to reproduce and project an energy force that compels Dr. Crusher to activate a quarantine seal around the medical lab.

Soon, the crew learns from the microbrain that some of its members were killed during the terraformer's drilling on the planet's surface, and that its attempts to contact the humans were ignored. As a result, they murdered the engineer in the hydraulic room and have declared war on the "ugly bags of mostly water" - the human race.

To save the U.S.S. Enterprise, Picard attempts to beam the life form back to Velara III. But the microbrain's power is too strong. Just when its energy projections threaten to destroy the ship, the crew discovers that the microbrain feeds off light. By shutting off the lights in the lab, they force the microbrain to surrender and are able to beam it back home.
Reviews

By The LED Museum on 19 Sep 2006 01:06:04
"Ugly...UGLY giant bags of mostly water"...gotta love that. :-)
One of the better episodes of the series. Not EXCELLENT mind you, but VERY good!!! :D

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 14:09:07
This show reminds me a great deal of the Original Series, can't put my finger on it. Director Mandel is well played and the story isn't half bad. Good, but it won't excatly knock your socks off.

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