Thursday, May 9, 2019


TNG Season 5 Episode 5
Air Date: October 21st, 1991

This was the last episode to air before the death of Gene Roddenberry.

The Enterprise runs through a quantum filament that causes massive damage and cripples the Enterprise. The episode consisted of a series of small stories about the crew surviving the disaster and how they partake in fixing the ship

The first group was on the bridge. The person in command is killed in the initial contact with the quantum filament leaving Councillor Troi, Chief O'Brien and Ensign Ro. They work to get power up and running and eventually discover the antimatter containment is failing. Ensign Ro suggests separating the saucer section and getting as many people to safety as possible. While Chief O'Brien things they should transfer energy to engineering so they can see the problem and fix it. Councillor Troi is officially the one in charge since she holds the rank of Lt. Cmdr. but she has never been in command before. She chooses to transfer the power since there is a chance that more can be saved.

The next group is in Ten Forward. Riker and Data break off and start heading to Engineering to see if they can help. They have to take Jefferies tubes and come across a current. Data uses his body to stop it, but it leaves him disabled and Riker has to take his head to Engineering. When they get there they find the containment problem and fix the problem (at the last second of course). Meanwhile back at Ten Forward, Worf delivers Keiko O'Brien's baby.

The third group is Lt. Cmdr. La Forge and Doctor Crusher get trapped in a shuttle bay with a plasma fire leaking radiation and a compound that will explode if the radiation gets too high. They solve the problem by opening the shuttle bay doors to space putting out the fire and ejecting the volatile compound. Though it almost kills them as they had to depressurize the shuttle bay quickly.

The last group is Captain Picard and three children trapped in a turbolift. The three children were winners of their science fair and Picard was giving them a tour. They realize that the turbolift safeties won't hold. So with a broken foot, he and the three children climb into the turbolift shaft.


"I'm going into labour." - Keiko
"You cannot. This this is not a good time, Keiko." - Lt. Worf
"It's not open for debate." - Keiko

"Sir, the field strength is stabilising. Eighteen percent, twenty, twenty five." - Chief O'Brien
"I guess they got our message. I was wrong, Counselor." - Ensign Ro
"You could have easily been right." - Counselor Troi

"Congratulations. You are fully dilated to ten centimetres. You may now give birth." - Lt. Worf
"That's what I've been doing." - Keiko
"Bearing down is the next stage. It should start at full dilation. Why has it not begun?" - Lt. Worf
"I don't know. I don't think it's up to me. It happens when it happens." - Keiko
"The computer simulation was not like this. That delivery was very orderly." - Lt. Worf
"Well, I'm sorry!" - Keiko
"Did you feel an uncontrollable urge to push? Good. You are bearing down. Now you must push with each contraction and I must urge you gently but firmly to push harder. Push, Keiko. Push hard. Push, Keiko. Push. Push." - Lt. Worf
"I am pushing!" - Keiko
"The baby is emerging head first. One more contraction." - Lt. Worf
"Okay." - Keiko
"That's good. Push. Push. Hard. I have the baby. I will smack the child to induce breathing. Now I will cut the umbilical cord. Blanket. I believe she looks like Chief O'Brien." - Lt. Worf
"Hello. You were wonderful, Worf. I couldn't have done it without you. Hello." - Keiko

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