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Stardate: 44614.6 Geordi gets to meet the real woman behind the one he became enamored with during a holodeck simulation used to save Enterprise in the past. The meeting goes way different than expected, but the two once again are called upon to save the Enterprise, when a space born alien baby begins feeding on the ship's power.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x16
Production Number: 190
Airdate: Monday March 11th, 1991


Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Mar 11, 1991
IE (SETANTA IRELAND) Oct 05, 1994
FR (BBC TWO) Oct 05, 1994
UK (BBC TWO) Oct 05, 1994

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
As Guinan
Recurring

Guest Stars
April GraceApril Grace
As Transporter Chief
Recurring
Jana Marie HuppJana Marie Hupp
As Ensign Pavlik
Recurring
Lanai ChapmanLanai Chapman
As Ensign Sariel Rager
Recurring
Susan GibneySusan Gibney
As Dr. Leah Brahms
Recurring
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
Gates McFaddenGates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina SirtisMarina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's log, Stardate 44614.6. We are approaching Starbase 313, where we will pick up a shipment of scientific equipment for transport to a Federation outpost in the Guernica system. During the journey, we will be hosting a special guest.
*Captain's log, supplemental. Since the newborn has attached itself to the hull, it has been making greater and greater demands on the ships energy. But we have been able to stabilize our power systems temporarily.



Episode References
Title: Galaxy's Child

The Enterprise has been defined as a Galaxy Class starship. The title is hence a play on that, melded with the English turn of phrase, "xxx's child", which relates to the effects of events, especially, but not limited to major ones, in one's life on one's outlook and personal development. Hence one may speak of a "child of war" as an adult who grew up in a time of war, or a "child of the depression" as someone who was affected by the grinding poverty and desperation felt by people in the Great Depression, which can have long term affects on one's attitudes and responses to later events in life.

We have seen Dr. Leah Brahms before, in the third season episode Booby Trap (03x06), albeit as a holodeck simulation of the real person. With this, we get to see the limits of the Enterprise AI's ability to extrapolate from known information about a person.

Geordi will relate the events of this episode in the sixth season episode Relics (06x04). The alien baby is, according to his tale, "about the size of a four-story building".



Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 4 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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