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Genesis

Review

Series : The Next Generation Rating : 4
Disc No : 7.5 Episode : 170
First Aired : 21 Mar 1994 Stardate : 47653.2
Director : Gates McFadden Year : 2370
Writers : Brannon Braga Season : 7
Guest Cast :
Carl David Burks as Russell
Carlos Ferro as Ensign Dern
Dwight Schultz as Lieutenant Reginald Barclay
Patti Yasutake as Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Tracee Lee Cocco as Lieutenant Jae
YATI : This syndrome works by activating bits of DNA leftover from your distant ancestors. So... is Barclay a Human? The de-evolving effect turns him into a spider-like creature, yet Humans are not descended from spiders. Nor did cats evolve from Iguanas. And why does Picard begin to change into a Lemur, while Riker turned into a caveman?
Great Moment : Barclay popping up in Engineering - made me jump a mile!
Body Count : At least one Enterprise crewman killed. Possibly others.
Factoid : This is the first (and only) episode directed by Gates McFadden, better known in front of the camera as Dr. Crusher.

Plotline

A virus makes the Enterprise crew start acting wild.

Analysis

Controversial episode that's good fun if you don't think about it too much.
Copyright Graham Kennedy Page views : 8,554 Last updated : 24 Jan 2004