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Stardate: 42779.1 An innocently looking repair mission on a backward society’s ship turns into a rescue mission to save Geordi from a kidnapping.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x17
Production Number: 143
Airdate: Monday May 15th, 1989

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) May 15, 1989
UK (BBC TWO) Aug 21, 1991
FR (BBC TWO) Aug 21, 1991

Guest Stars
Chris LattaChris Latta
As Pakled Captain Grebnedlog
Lycia NaffLycia Naff
As Ensign Sonya Gomez
Daniel BenzaliDaniel Benzali
As Surgeon
Lauren CollinsLauren Collins
As Reginod
Tzi MaTzi Ma
As Biomolecular Physiologist
Main Cast
Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan FrakesJonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar BurtonLeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael DornMichael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Marina SirtisMarina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Wil WheatonWil Wheaton
As Acting Ensign/Ensign Wesley Crusher
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 42779.1. We are en route to the Epsilon 9 sector for an astronomical survey of a new pulsar cluster. In the meantime, Ensign Crusher will be diverting to Starbase 515 for Starfleet exams.
*Captain's Personal Log, Stardate 42779.5. We have arrived at Starbase 515. I'm still quite uneasy, despite assurances that this medical procedure poses little risk.

Starbase 515's cityscape is a slightly zoomed-in picture of the matte painted capital in the season 1 episode "Angel One."

Episode Goofs
In the shuttlecraft, Wesley says that, "Shuttle number 2 is ready for departure." In the next shot, the side of the shuttlecraft Sakharov is shown, and the number on it is "01," not "02."

Cultural References
In his conversation with Wesley, Picard tells the young Ensign that when he was fresh out of Starfleet Academy he had his heart punctured in a fight with a group of Nausicaans. The Nausicaans were named by Rick Sternbach, a Japanese anime fan, who named them after the protagonist in the 1984 Hayao Miyazaki movie Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Years later, Patrick Stewart himself would voice the role of Lord Yupa in Disney's redub of the 2004 unedited edition.

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