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The Child
Stardate 42073.1
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 27 (2.1)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant Worf
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
Diana Muldaur   IMDB   Chief Medical Officer Katherine Pulaski
Whoopi Goldberg   IMDB   Guinan
Seymour Cassel   IMDB   Lt. Commander Hester Dealt
R.J. Williams   IMDB   Ian Andrew Troi
Dawn Arnemann   IMDB   Miss Gladstone
Zachary Benjamin   IMDB   Young Ian
Dore Keller   IMDB   Engineering Ensign
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Rob Bowman   IMDB
Jaron Summers   IMDB
Jon Povill   IMDB
Maurice Hurley   IMDB
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 14
The Next Generation Teaser #027: The Child

While preparing to transport a deadly plague to a research lab, the crew is stunned by the announcement of Counselor Troi's pregnancy.
When a plague in the densely populated Rachelis System races out of control, help from the U.S.S. Enterprise is enlisted in the medical emergency. But while preparing to transport samples of a deadly plasma plague from a Federation research station to a site where a suitable antidote can be developed, the crew is stunned by an unexpected announcement: Counselor Troi is pregnant.

According to Troi, a glowing white light impregnated her while she was asleep. Dr. Katherine Pulaski, the ship's new Chief Medical Officer, confirms Troi's prognosis and reports that the fetus will reach full term within 36 hours. Not knowing the true origins or intent of this mysterious child, Picard puts the crew on security alert. But when Troi gives birth to a boy named Ian, he appears to be completely harmless - although he amazes his mother and the crew when he grows from an infant to an eight-year-old in one day.

Meanwhile, Wesley reluctantly prepares to leave the U.S.S. Enterprise and join his mother, who has departed to become head of Starfleet Medical. Full of mixed emotions, Wesley decides to stay with the ship after receiving encouragement from a new crew member named Guinan. Later, when Wesley discusses his plans with Picard, the Captain agrees to let the young ensign remain as long as his mother permits it.

However, a sudden crisis with the plasma plague puts everyone's future in doubt. It seems that a contaminated specimen of the hazardous strain has inexplicably begun to grow on the cargo deck due to radiation from an unknown source on board. Dr. Pulaski reports that, at its current growth rate, the plague could wipe out the ship's entire population within two hours.

Unknown to all, Ian is the source of the radiation. When the young boy realizes this he decides to sacrifice his life to save the crew.

As a heartbroken Troi looks on, Ian dies and his body reverts to its original state - a glowing white life-force entity, which tells Troi that Ian had come to her to learn more about humans by experiencing life among them. Once the entity leaves the ship, the threat is averted and the crew continues their humanitarian mission.

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 20:13:46
One of the scripts left over from Star Trek: Phase II and it's really quite interesting. There is no real element of danger or conflict here, but the strange alien impregnation gives us some good scenes. Like Riker's reaction to Troi's pregnancy and Data intently observing her as she gives birth. Not brilliant, but I really enjoyed this.

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