Episode 204: "Silicon Avatar" 

While surveying land on a Federation colony known as Melona IV, Riker, Data and Dr. Crusher are suddenly interrupted by the appearance of a massive, crystal-like structure which begins to descend toward the planet. Riker recognizes the object as the Crystalline Entity, and immediately begins herding the colonists together to search for shelter. The group watches in horror as the entity destroys the countryside with brilliant beams of light. All but two survive to find shelter inside a small cave but the cave has a limited air supply. Riker tries to contact the U.S.S. Enterprise, but ultimately fails. Meanwhile, on board the Enterprise, the rest of the crew grow increasingly concerned over the violent disturbances detected near Melona IV.
Just as Beverly insists that the cave be opened to let in more air, Worf appears at the entrance, much to everyone's relief. The crew and colonists are transported back to the U.S.S. Enterprise, where they are greeted by scientist Kila Marr, who has spent her life studying the Crystalline Entity. Picard suggests that Data aid Marr in her investigation. Marr, however, opposes the idea, reminding Picard that Data's brother Lore lured the Crystalline Entity to the planet Omicron Theta where it ruthlessly killed every living thing. Picard, however, insists on Data's inclusion. Later, when the unhappy partners begin their investigation on Melona IV, Marr accuses Data of collaborating with the Entity as his brother did. She also tells Data that her son was among those killed on Omicron Theta.

Back on board the U.S.S. Enterprise, Marr begins to relax as Data uncovers information that is invaluable to their investigation. However, she becomes even more upset when she learns that Picard intends not to destroy the Entity, but to communicate with it. Later, knowing that Data carries specific information regarding the events on Omicron Theta, Marr asks him to access her son's daily journals. Through Data, she learns her son did not blame her for the disaster on the planet. Her joy, however, is interrupted by a distress call from a ship being pursued by the Crystalline Entity.

The crew sets a course for the ship and discovers that there are no survivors. At this point even Riker wonders if perhaps the Entity should be destroyed, but Picard does not flinch. Meanwhile, Data keeps up his desperate attempts to communicate with the Entity before it kills again.

The crew manages to lure the Entity toward the ship, and the being seems to respond to their attempts to reach it. But at the same time, Marr begins trying to destroy it by sending harmful transmissions. Although the crew notices a change in the Entity and realizes what Dr. Marr is doing, they are ultimately unable to save the Entity. The being explodes into space, leaving Dr. Marr to wonder if revenge was worth the price of her career as a scientist.

Production: 204
Season: 5 Episode: 4
Original Air Date: 10.14.1991
Stardate: 45122.3
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
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Ellen Geer as Dr. Marr
Susan Diol as Carmen
Miscellaneous: In the scene where Dr. Kira Marr is scanning the cave for the first time with the Tricoder, she holds it upside down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                       "Silicon Avatar" 
                          #40275-204 
                              
                           Story by 
                      Lawrence V. Conley 
                              
                          Teleplay by 
                          Jeri Taylor 
                              
                          Directed by 
                          Cliff Bole 
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FOR PUBLICITY OR ADVERTISING PURPOSES WITHOUT FIRST CHECKING
WITH THE TELEVISION LEGAL DEPARTMENT.
Copyright 1991 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights
Reserved. This script is not for publication or
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lost or destroyed, please notify the Script Department.
                         FINAL DRAFT
 
                        JULY 31, 1991
 
       STAR TREK: "Silicon Avatar" - REV. 8/2/91 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "Silicon Avatar" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                PICARD             CARMEN DAVILA
                RIKER              DOCTOR KILA MARR
                DATA               ALIEN CAPTAIN (V.O.)
                BEVERLY            
                TROI               Non-Speaking
                GEORDI               MELONA COLONISTS
                WORF                 AN OLDER MAN
                                     A CHILD
                Non-Speaking       
                  SUPERNUMERARIES    
                  N.D. SECURITY PERSONNEL
                  ENSIGN AT CONN     
                  TRANSPORTER CHIEF  
         STAR TREK: "Silicon Avatar" - 7/31/91 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                        "Silicon Avatar"
                            
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              MAIN BRIDGE
              CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM     MELONA FOUR
              OBSERVATION LOUNGE         COLONY
              ENGINEERING                HILLS
              TRANSPORTER ROOM           CAVE FRONT
              TURBOLIFT
              DATA'S QUARTERS          CRYSTALLINE ENTITY
              MARR'S GUEST QUARTERS
          
            MELONA CAVE
          
            KALLISKO BRIDGE
              (SEEN ON VIEWSCREEN ONLY)
   STAR TREK: "Silicon Avatar" - REV. 8/6/91 - PRONUNCIATION 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "Silicon Avatar" 
                         
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                  Bitrius          BIH-tree-us
                  Clendenning      klen-DEN-ing
                  Davila           dah-VEE-uh
                  Janina           jah-NEE-nuh
                  Kallisko         kal-ISS-ko
                  KEV              kay-ee-vee (K.E.V.)
                  Kila             KYE-lah
                  Melona           mel-OWN-uh
                  Monocaladium     mahn-oh-kal-AY-dee-um
                  Omicron Theta    ohm-ih-kron THAY-tah
                  Parrises         pah-REES-es


 

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