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Symbiosis
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 22 (1.22)

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:
Judson Earney Scott   IMDB   Sobi
Merritt Butrick   IMDB   T'Jon
Richard Lineback   IMDB   Romas
Kimberly Farr   IMDB   Langor
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Win Phelps   IMDB
Teleplay:
Robert Lewin   IMDB
Richard Manning   IMDB
Hans Beimler   IMDB
Story:
Robert Lewin   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 11
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 1.6
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 1.7
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #022: Symbiosis

The Enterprise is caught in the middle when two alien races wage a bitter battle over cargo which one of them needs for survival.
Synopsis
While studying magnetic changes in the Delos system's sun, the U.S.S. Enterprise receives a distress signal from a disabled freighter ship.

The starship beams four of the passengers on board, along with the ship's cargo. Two of the guests are from the technically advanced planet of Ornara, and the other two are from its neighboring planet of Brekka. The crew is puzzled when the two groups immediately begin to argue over the cargo.

Picard learns that the precious cargo is in fact a remedy for a plague which has gripped Ornara for two centuries. The "cure" is manufactured exclusively on Brekka, whose citizens provide it to the Ornarans in exchange for food and other basic necessities. However, in this instance, the Brekkians claim the Ornarans did not pay for their cargo, and they prepare to take it back to Brekka.

Pleading that their civilization will be wiped out without the medication, the Ornarans convince Picard to mediate. However, Picard is able only to convince the Brekkians to give doses to the two Ornarans on the Starship Enterprise. But as the Ornarans take the remedy, Dr. Crusher realizes that the alleged cure is nothing more than a narcotic... and that the Ornarans are a race of drug addicts!

Apparently, the Brekkians have neglected to inform the Ornarans that the plague is not fatal and have instead allowed the Ornarans to become addicted to a bogus cure.

Picard, citing the Prime Directive, refuses to inform the Ornarans that the Brekkians have been deceiving them for 200 years. Instead, he cleverly turns the tables on the Brekkians by withdrawing an earlier offer to repair the Ornaran freighter ship. In this way, the Ornarans will be unable to honor their trade agreement and will consequently escape their addiction.
Reviews

By iamthird123 on 29 Sep 2005 20:36:23
I thoroughly agree with Darkmatter ... quality sci-fi - Star Trek/Next Gen. or other, is, unfortunately, rare. Chalk it up partly to items supposedly belonging to the genre being churned out at Warp Chuck Ground speed. And now, some news I hope that you'll really like: I may be wrong, but buried in the seven-year, Next Gen. odyssey is a certain gem I keep close to my lil' Trekker's heart :-) and that is, "The Inner Light." Says a lot; recommeded much.

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 14:10:24
It's a good thing Star Trek preaches about relevant issues like drugs, but it's another when the show itself is about as dull as staring into a blank screen for 45 minutes. There is nothing wrong with this except a severe lack of plot and good dialogue.

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