Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 5, Episode 5
Original Air Date: October 21, 1991
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A quantum filament disables the Enterprise, leaving several of our heroes in unusual positions. Troi, as ranking officer at the time of the disaster, assumes command of the bridge. While leading a group of school children on a tour, Picard is trapped with them on an elevator. Keiko goes into labor in Ten Forward and it falls to Worf to deliver the baby.
"Disaster" generally does well with critics but I'm not a fan. Trek stories with children rarely work for me and there's far too much techno-babble. That's not to say there aren't bright spots. Troi in command is an idea worth exploring further. Plus we learn Data's head can function separately from the rest of his body.
Without question, the Keiko/Worf story is the highlight and, refreshingly, it doesn't follow the usual television script patterns for the situation. Instead, by-the-book Worf gets impatient with Keiko for the unpredictability of the situation. One wants to smack him, of course, but his clueless behavior is entirely within believable character parameters. Lines like "Congratulations, you are fully dilated to ten centimeters. You are now free to give birth." are pure gold.
So, not my favorite. But not a total loss either.
Erika Flores plays the role of Marissa Flores, one of the children on tour with the captain. The same last name is not a coincidence. Each of the three children had the same last name as the actors who played them.
Flores was born November 2, 1978 in Grass Valley, California. After her Trek appearance, she was a regular on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman until she left in the middle of the third season. Other TV guest appearances included Dear John, Empty Nest and House, her final professional role in 2009.