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Series : The Next Generation Rating : 2
Disc No : 7.6 Episode : 173
First Aired : 2 May 1994 Stardate : 47829.1
Director : Jonathan West Year : 2370
Writers : Nick Sagan Season : 7
Guest Cast :
Amy Pietz as Lieutenant Sandra Rhodes
Carl David Burks as Russell
Ken Olandt as Jason Vigo
Lee Arenberg as DaiMon Bok
Lorine Mendell as Diana Giddings
Michelan Sisti as Tol
Peter Slutsker as DaiMon Birta
Tracee Lee Cocco as Lieutenant Jae
YATI : When Jason is beamed aboard, he is in a "climbing the rock-face" position with his hands up in the air. He assumes the same position and asks to be beamed back. Does he really expect the transporter to put him back into handholds and footholds? I mean, missing even by a few millimetres could send him plummeting to certain death!
Factoid : This episode originated during the filming of "Masks", when producer Jeri Taylor asked Patrick Stewart if there was anything about his character that he'd like to see fleshed out. Stewart mentioned the Ferengi, Bok, from the first season episode "The Battle". He found it interesting that Bok was still out there somewhere, still hating on Picard. Taylor handed the idea over to Nick Sagan to flesh out.

The original concept for the episode was that Bok had genetically engineered Picard's son from birth, using one of the mind balls to implant memories of Picard abandoning him on the Stargazer. He then used the ball to make Picard think he had abandoned his son on the Stargazer and then had a mental break where he buried the memories of him. The idea was to torture Picard with the notion of having had an actual son whom he had abandoned and then literally forgotten.

Ron Moore was not a fan of this episode. He thought Bok was too minor an antagonist to bring back, and that the episode "Suddenly Human" had already explored the idea of a father/son type relationship with Picard.

Plotline

Picard must fight to protect the son he never knew he had from those nasty Ferengi.

Analysis

Some good scenes wrapped around a fairly daft plot.
Copyright Graham Kennedy Page views : 17,868 Last updated : 31 Jul 2018