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New Ground
Stardate 45376.3
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 110 (5.10)

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   Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Guest Cast:
Georgia Brown   IMDB   Helena Rozhenko
Brian Bonsall   IMDB   Alexander Rozhenko
Richard McGonagle   IMDB   Doctor Ja'Dar
Jennifer Edwards   IMDB   Ms. Kyle
Sheila Franklin   IMDB   Ensign Felton
Majel Barrett Roddenberry   IMDB   Computer Voice
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Robert Scheerer   IMDB
Teleplay:
Grant Rosenberg   IMDB
Story:
Sara Charno   IMDB
Stuart Charno   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 55
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 5.3
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 5.4
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #110: New Ground
Synopsis
While the U.S.S. Enterprise heads for Bilana III to participate in the testing of a new propulsion method called the Soliton Wave, Worf receives an unexpected visit from his mother Helena and his son Alexander.

The Klingon's surprise turns to shock, however, when Alexander informs Worf that he plans to live on the ship with his father.

That night, Worf discusses the situation with Helena. She reveals that Alexander has been misbehaving and is in desperate need of his father's guidance. Reluctantly, Worf agrees to take custody of the child. But when he discovers that the boy is lying and acting up in school, Worf threatens to send his son to a rigorous Klingon school.

Sensing that there's more to Alexander's behavior than meets the eye, Troi helps Worf realize that the boy's actions may be the result of feeling abandoned by his late mother and his father, who left the child to be raised by his grandparents on Earth. Worf begins to have second thoughts about sending Alexander to the Klingon school.

Meanwhile, feeling unloved by his father, Alexander seeks solace in the Biolab, home to his favorite animals. Just then, the crew discovers that the Soliton Wave test has gone dangerously awry. The wave's power level has increased so drastically that It could destroy a nearby colony. As the crew works frantically to create a backfire effect that could dissipate the wave and save the planet, they learn that Alexander is trapped in the biolab, where a fire has begun.

With seconds to spare, Worf and Riker rescue Alexander from the Biolab, while the crew successfully destroys the Soliton Wave. Realizing the loss he would feel if Alexander left the Enterprise, Worf asks his son to remain on the ship permanently.
Reviews

By The LED Museum on 23 Aug 2007 19:36:33
I kind of disagree with Dark Materia on this one.
The subplot about the Soliton wave is not boring at all; it's kind of cool actually...think about it...warp drive without those bulky warp engines or those messy dilithium crystals. But what can go wrong with the Soliton wave does go wrong, and of course, it's up to the Enterprise to fix it.
True, this episode is not "the bomb" as they say, but it's not terribly boring either.

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 08:34:58
The "Worf learning the realities of parenthood" is very interesting, but the other storyline about the soliton wave is not particularly thrilling. I does have some nice moments with Worf and Alexander, but it´s basicly a boring episode.

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