Episode 211: "Hero Worship" 

The U.S.S. Enterprise makes way to a nearby Starbase that has recently lost contact with the Vico, a research vessel sent to explore the interior of a Black Cluster. Upon locating the vessel, Picard sends an Away Team to investigate the situation. Data and Riker are shocked when they discover a little boy trapped in the wreckage of the small ship.
After several unsuccessful attempts, the crew is finally able to rescue and transport the boy back to Sickbay. The youth, Timothy, is immediately drawn to Data. Meanwhile on the Bridge, Picard and Geordi study the details of the events that led to the vessel's explosion. Timothy told the crew that the Vico was attacked by an alien ship. But preliminary research indicates that Timothy lied about what happened on the ship, as the Vico was not boarded by the aliens as he had reported. Troubled by this revelation, Picard and Troi instruct Data to spend more time with the boy in hopes that he will tell Data what really happened.

As Data and Timothy spend more time together, the boy becomes increasingly intrigued by his new friend and his exceptional mental and physical capacities. He soon begins acting and talking like Data, simulating some of his android mannerisms. Later, Troi is troubled when she visits Timothy and finds him dressed in clothing similar to Data's and calling himself an android. Troi discusses her concerns with Picard, advising him that Timothy's behavior is probably the result of the traumatic experience of losing both of his parents in the explosion.

Continuing his investigation, Picard orders the crew to direct the Enterprise into the Black Cluster. Once inside, the ship begins to be hit by shock waves. As the intensity increases, Picard summons Timothy to the Bridge. The boy initially maintains his story that the ship was attacked, but when Data reminds him that androids do not lie, he reveals that he believes he is responsible for the ship's destruction. However, the crew is able to convince him that the ship was destroyed by natural causes. This does not completely ease the boy's mind since the shockwaves hitting the Enterprise begin to increase in intensity. Data is able to guide the ship through the bombardment, indicating where the Vico's crew made the mistake that caused the ship's destruction. Later, out of danger, Timothy is able to resume his life as a normal little boy. However, he and Data agree to remain friends.

Production: 211
Season: 5 Episode: 11
Air Date: 01.27.1992
Stardate: 45397.3
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
Joshua Harris as Timothy
Sheila Franklin as Ensign
Steven Einspahr as Teacher
Harley Venton as Transporter Chief
Command Offered to Commander Riker
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"The Arsenal of Freedom" - USS Drake (mentioned--offered before Enterprise)
"The Icarus Factor" - USS Aries
"Best of Both Worlds" - USS Melbourne
Riker actually commands a ship, albeit temporarily, in the following episodes:
"A Matter Of Honor" - Klingon Ship Pagh
"Peak Performance" - USS Hathaway
"The Best Of Both Worlds-Part II" - USS Enterprise NCC-1701D
"Redemption II" - USS Excalibur during a blockade

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                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                        "Hero Worship" 
                          #40275-211 
                              
                          Teleplay by 
                          Joe Menosky 
                              
                          Directed by 
                        Patrick Stewart 
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Copyright 1991 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights
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                         FINAL DRAFT
 
                        OCTOBER 8, 1991
       STAR TREK: "Hero Worship" - REV. 10/17/91 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                        "Hero Worship" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                PICARD             TIMOTHY
                RIKER              ENSIGN FELTON
                DATA               TEACHER
                BEVERLY            
                TROI               
                GEORDI             
                WORF               
                TRANSPORTER CHIEF HUTCHINSON
                Non-Speaking       
                  SUPERNUMERARIES    
                  CHILDREN IN CLASSROOM
                  WAITER IN TEN-FORWARD
       STAR TREK: "Hero Worship" - REV. 10/15/91 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                        "Hero Worship" 
                      
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              MAIN BRIDGE
              CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM     VICO
              OBSERVATION LOUNGE
              MAIN ENGINEERING
              TRANSPORTER ROOM
              TEN-FORWARD
              CLASSROOM
              DATA'S QUARTERS
              TIMOTHY'S QUARTERS
              SICKBAY
          
            VICO
              CORRIDOR #1
              CORRIDOR #2


 

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