Episode 127: "The Child" 

Deanna Troi is impregnated by a mysterious entity.
When a plague in the densely populated Rachelis System races out of control, help from the U.S.S. Enterprise is enlisted in the medical emergency. But while preparing to transport samples of a deadly plasma plague from a Federation research station to a site where a suitable antidote can be developed, the crew is stunned by an unexpected announcement: Counselor Troi is pregnant.

According to Troi, a glowing white light impregnated her while she was asleep. Dr. Katherine Pulaski, the ship's new Chief Medical Officer, confirms Troi's prognosis and reports that the fetus will reach full term within 36 hours. Not knowing the true origins or intent of this mysterious child, Picard puts the crew on security alert. But when Troi gives birth to a boy named Ian, he appears to be completely harmless although he amazes his mother and the crew when he grows from an infant to an eight-year-old in one day.

Meanwhile, Wesley Crusher reluctantly prepares to leave the U.S.S. Enterprise and join his mother, who has departed to become head of Starfleet Medical. Full of mixed emotions, Wesley decides to stay with the ship after receiving encouragement from a new crew member named Guinan. Later, when Wesley discusses his plans with Picard, the Captain agrees to let the young ensign remain as long as his mother permits it.

However, a sudden crisis with the plasma plague puts everyone's future in doubt. It seems that a contaminated specimen of the hazardous strain has inexplicably begun to grow on the cargo deck due to radiation from an unknown source on board. Dr. Pulaski reports that, at its current growth rate, the plague could wipe out the ship's entire population within two hours.

Unknown to all, Ian is the source of the radiation. When the young boy realizes this he decides to sacrifice his life to save the crew.

As a heartbroken Troi looks on, Ian dies and his body reverts to its original state a glowing white life-force entity, which tells Troi that Ian had come to her to learn more about humans by experiencing life among them. Once the entity leaves the ship, the threat is averted and the crew continues their humanitarian mission.

Production: 127
Season: 2 Episode: 1
Air Date: 11.21.1988
Stardate: 42073.1
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan
Diana Muldaur as Katherine Pulaski
Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher
Seymour Cassel as Hester Dealt
The law on starship engines: there are never odd numbers of engine nacelles on starships (from Gene). Rationalization (from the `Technical Advisors'): it has something to do with Warp Field geometries

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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION

"The Child"
#40272-127

Based on a Premise by
Jaron Summers
and
Jon Povill

Teleplay by
Maurice Hurley

Directed by
Rob Bowman

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Copyright 1988 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights
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3RD REV. FINAL DRAFT

SEPTEMBER 20, 1988

STAR TREK: "The Child" - 9/20/88 - CAST

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
"The Child"

CAST

PICARD                                   HESTER DEALT
RIKER                                                            .
DATA                                                             .
PULASKI                                         Voice-Over
TROI                                     REPULSE VOICE
GEORDI                                                         .
WORF                                                          .
WESLEY                                                      .
GUINAN                                                        .
CREWMEMBER
TRANSPORTER CHIEF
TEACHER (MISS GLADSTONE)
IAN (BABY)
IAN (AGE THREE)
IAN (AGE EIGHT)

Non-Speaking
CREWMEMBERS
MEDICAL ASSISTANTS
SECURITY TEAM
GROUP OF KIDS

Voice-Over
SICKBAY VOICE
COMPUTER VOICE

 

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