Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 1, Episode 7
Original Air Date: November 2, 1987
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The Enterprise crew juggles two simultaneous challenges this week. First, they must transport members of two adversarial races, the Selay and the Anticans, to an interplanetary conference while preventing them from eating each other - no exaggeration. Second, while passing an energy cloud, our heroes accidentally pick up a stowaway, a non-corporeal entity who takes possession of several members of the crew in turn, ending with Captain Picard.
In this episode, we get a clear signal of an important difference between Captains Kirk and Picard. In "The Man Trap," TOS's first episode to air, Kirk states that he hates mysteries - highly amusing as so many Trek stories are, at heart, mystery tales. In "Lonely Among Us," Picard states the very opposite. He loves them and inspires Data to research Earth's most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Holmes was a prominent motif in the TNG run.
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We also get some insight into the future of food as idealized by Gene Roddenberry and company. In discussion with the Anticans, Riker tells them "We no longer enslave animals for food purposes," further explaining that what appears to be meat at their meals is produced inorganically by the replicators. Indeed, Roddenberry himself was a vegetarian and it's interesting to see how that choice influenced his vision for Trek.
Cheryl Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher) was born in March 2, 1949 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She graduated from Brandeis with honors as a theatre major.
Early on, her choreography work outpaced her acting, wisely hooking up with The Jim Henson Company. She was choreography director for both Labyrinth and The Muppets Take Manhattan. She also makes a brief on-screen appearance in the latter film. She is usually, though not always, credited as Cheryl in choreography and Gates in acting so as to delineate between the two.
McFadden was pregnant during TNG's fourth season. The pregnancy was never written into the story. Crusher always wore a lab coat to conceal it. Her son James was born in 1991. Brent Spiner (Data) is the godfather.