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Pen Pals
Stardate 42695.3
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 41 (2.15)

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 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
Nicholas Cascone   IMDB   Ensign Davies
Nikki Cox   IMDB   Sarjenka
Ann H. Gillespie   IMDB   Ensign Hildebrant
Whitney Rydbeck   IMDB   Ensign Alans
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Winrich Kolbe   IMDB
Author:
Melinda M. Snodgrass   IMDB
Story:
Hannah Louise Shearer   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 21
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 2.4
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 2.5
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #041: Pen Pals

Data fights for a friend's life and Wesley is put to the test when the U.S.S. Enterprise probes dangerous geological activity in the Selcundi Drema planetary system.
Synopsis
Unbeknownst to the crew, Data has become pen pals with a little girl named Sarjenka who lives on Drema IV, one of the planets under investigation. When Data tells Picard of his communications with Sarjenka, he learns that her planet is in danger of imminent self-destruction as a result of growing stresses beneath its surface.

Meanwhile, to help further Wesley's education as a Starfleet Ensign, Riker puts him in charge of the mineral surveys which will determine what's causing the quakes and volcanic eruptions on Drema IV. Against his better judgment, Wesley allows the older crew members under his command to talk him out of ordering a detailed and time-consuming analysis. Later, a discussion with Riker gives Wesley the confidence to order the tests, which soon reveal the cause of the geological disturbances.

Shortly thereafter, Picard agrees to enlist the U.S.S. Enterprise's resources to help save the inhabitants of Drema IV. When Data loses contact with Sarjenka, he beams down to the planet to guide her to a place where she can wait safely until the U.S.S. Enterprise launches probes which will save her homeland.

But soon, realizing that Sarjenka's planet will tear itself apart more quickly than anticipated, Data has the girl beamed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise for safekeeping. After Sarjenka witnesses the launching of torpedoes which will prevent a geological disaster, she is beamed back to her now safe home.
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