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Star Trek: The Next Generation: When the Bough Breaks

Stardate: 41509.1 An ancient mythical race, which has been able to cloak their planet from outsiders, is discovered by accident by the Enterprise. However, the crew’s awe at finding this race is soon turned to consternation, as the planet’s inhabitants' abduct several the crews’ children. The crew learns that the inhabitants can no longer procreate, and need their children to continue their population.

Wesley Crusher, along with the other children, decides to fight their abduction by the inhabitants, while Dr. Crusher soon discovers the answer to the planet’s procreation problem.

However, can the crew convince the more technically advanced and powerful race that they have the answer to their dilemma, and get their children back?


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 118
Airdate: Monday February 15th, 1988


Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Feb 15, 1988
UK (BBC TWO) Jan 23, 1991
FR (BBC TWO) Jan 23, 1991
IE (SETANTA IRELAND) Jan 23, 1991

  • Currently 6.8/10
6.8/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Jerry Hardin
As Radue
Recurring
Paul Lambert
As Melian
Recurring
Brenda Strong
As Rashella
Ivy Bethune
As Duana

Co-Guest Stars
Dan Mason
As Accolan
Dierk Torsek
As Dr. Bernard
Jessica Bova
As Alexandra
Philip Waller
As Harry Bernard
Vanessa Bova
As Alexandra
Main Cast
Patrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Denise Crosby
As Lt. Tasha Yar
Wil Wheaton
As Acting Ensign/Ensign Wesley Crusher
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 41509.1. Either by chance or intent we've been led to the planet Aldea which appeared out of nowhere hidden behind a sophisticated shielding device.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. We remain in orbit around Aldea. It's becoming all too evident that talk will not effect the return of our children. We must neutralize the Aldean shield. Until then, we are helpless.
*Captain's Log, Stardate 41512.4. We are 20 hours away from Aldea and no closer to a solution. Their deliberate show of force pushed us out of orbit and could've easily disintegrated the ship.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. It has been three days since the Aldeans pushed us away. We have had no contact with Radue since then.



Episode Goofs
In the beginning when Riker runs into the boy he then steps into the turbo lift. You can see the base of a lighting tripod from the set.



Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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