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The Dauphin
Stardate 42568.8
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 36 (2.10)

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
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Whoopi Goldberg   IMDB   Guinan
Paddi Edwards   IMDB   Anya
Jaime Hubbard   IMDB   Salia
Peter Neptune   IMDB   Aron
Mädchen Amick   IMDB   Anya As Teenage Girl
Cindy Sorenson   IMDB   Anya As Furry Animal
Jennifer Barlow   IMDB   Ensign Gibson
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Rob Bowman   IMDB
Scott Rubenstein   IMDB
Leonard Mlodinow   IMDB
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 18
The Next Generation Teaser #036: The Dauphin

Wesley finds romance with the beautiful young ruler of Daled Four whose secret power could destroy the Enterprise and her crew.
The U.S.S. Enterprise is assigned to escort a young girl and her guardian from the planet Klavdia III, where they have lived almost all of the girl's life, to Daled IV, the planet she was born to rule.

The sixteen-year-old Salia has a chance encounter with Wesley, who is instantly and obviously smitten with her, much to the dismay of the girl's overprotective guardian Anya. After a short lesson in love from Guinan and Riker, a nervous Wesley calls on Salia in her quarters, where he introduces her to Thalian chocolate mousse. All the while, Troi is concerned that the emotions she senses from the new passengers don't seem to fit who they are.

Meanwhile, during a tour of sickbay, Anya discovers that there's a contagious patient on board and insists that he be killed immediately. When no action is taken, Anya becomes a raging monster intent on murdering the patient herself. Worf is barely able to fight off the monster before security arrives. Dr. Pulaski suspects that the passengers are allasomorphs, a species rumored to possess the power to change into other life forms. In order not to provoke Anya further, Picard orders Wesley to stay away from Salia.

Disobeying Anya's wishes, Salia sneaks into Wesley's room where she exchanges a passionate kiss with the smitten ensign. When the angry monster suddenly appears, Salia herself transforms into an even more frightening creature, resulting in a tense stand-off between the girl and her guardian. After they change back to their humanoid forms, Wesley is left stunned at the discovery that the girl of his dreams is not who he thinks she is.

Nearing the end of her stay, Salia tries to apologize to Wesley for any pain she may have caused him, but her pleas are met with indifference. Telling Wesley that she loves him, Salia heads toward the transporter room. When Wesley realizes his true feelings, he bursts into the transporter room bearing a bowl of Thalian chocolate mousse just as Salia is about to be beamed down to Daled IV. The two share a last taste and a last embrace before Salia bids Wesley a fond farewell.

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 20:18:25
Wesley Crusher in love, that's the plot here. The scene where Riker instructs Wesley in the fine art of manly charming pick-up lines is very funny. The Alasomorph aliens are an interesting and powerful species, but some of the forms Anya takes look deceptively like something from a 1940's horror movie. The shapeshifting effects themselves are fantastic for their time, though. I enjoyed it dispite the cheesy "teenager in love" theme.

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