Evolution
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Episode:  50     Airdate:  September 25, 1989
The Ensigns of Command
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Episode:  49     Airdate:  October 2, 1989
The Survivors
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Episode:  51     Airdate:  October 9, 1989
Who Watches the Watchers?
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Episode:  52     Airdate:  October 16, 1989

Catalog Number 15695-1
Running Time 183 minutes
Issued July 2, 2002
Languages / Channels English 5.1
English 2.0
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Evolution
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Teleplay by Michael Piller
Story by Michael Piller & Michael Wagner
Executive Producer Gene Roddenberry
Starring Patrick Stewart
Jonathan Frakes
Also Starring LeVar Burton
Michael Dorn
Gates McFadden
Marina Sirtis
Brent Spiner
Wil Wheaton
Guest Stars Ken Jenkins
Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan
Stardate 43125.8
Dr. Paul Stubbs (Ken Jenkins), an eminent scientist, has beamed aboard the Enterprise to study the rare explosion of a star in the Kavis Alpha Sector. As the crew readies Stubbs' equipment, the Enterprise is suddenly drawn into the path of the stellar matter. The ship is restored to normal, but the computer system, which reports no malfunction, fails to stabilize.

As Picard (Patrick Stewart) warns Stubbs that his study may have to be aborted, Wesley (Wil Wheaton) concludes that a genetics experiment he was conducting engendered the computer breakdown. Wesley's experiment allowed several nanites - tiny robots small enough to enter living cells - to interact and escape to the main computer. Unless the nanites are stopped, they will shut down the Enterprise and destroy the crew's life support system.


The Ensigns of Command
Directed by Cliff Bole
Written by Melinda M. Snodgrass
Executive Producer Gene Roddenberry
Starring Patrick Stewart
Jonathan Frakes
Also Starring LeVar Burton
Michael Dorn
Gates McFadden
Marina Sirtis
Brent Spiner
Wil Wheaton
Stardate Unknown
Picard (Patrick Stewart) is surprised when he receives a message from the Sheliak, aliens who haven't communicated with the Federation for over a century. Under a Federation treaty, the planet Tau Cygna Five - presently inhabited by human colonists - is Sheliak property. Now the Sheliak are demanding that Picard remove the colonists in four days, after which time any humans on the planet will be killed.

Data (Brent Spiner) takes a shuttle to the planet to lead evacuation procedures and discovers that the human population totals 15,000! Realizing that the evacuation will take weeks, Picard asks the Sheliak for more time, and is refused. Now Data is the only thing standing between the colonists and their certain extinction.


The Survivors
Directed by Les Landau
Written by Michael Wagner
Executive Producer Gene Roddenberry
Starring Patrick Stewart
Jonathan Frakes
Also Starring LeVar Burton
Michael Dorn
Gates McFadden
Marina Sirtis
Brent Spiner
Wil Wheaton
Stardate 43152.4
Responding to a distress call from Rana IV - a federation planet under attack - an Away Team discovers all that remains of Rana IV is a single house on a small patch of land. The house is occupied by Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge (John Anderson and Anne Haney), an elderly couple who refuse to leave the planet.

Meanwhile, aboard the Enterprise, Troi (Marina Sirtis) is plagued by a strange melody that plays over and over in her brain. As a result of this inexplicable affliction, she cannot read the emotions of the Uxbridges.

When the Enterprise is suddenly attacked by a super-powered warship, Picard (Patrick Stewart) realized a deadly force wants to keep the crew away from the planet and its lone inhabitants.


Who Watches the Watchers?
Directed by Robert Wiemer
Written by Richard Manning & Hans Beimler
Executive Producer Gene Roddenberry
Starring Patrick Stewart
Jonathan Frakes
Also Starring LeVar Burton
Michael Dorn
Gates McFadden
Marina Sirtis
Brent Spiner
Wil Wheaton
Stardate 43173.5
An Away Team is dispatched to Mintaka Three where a Federation outpost has suffered an explosion. Hidden from view, Federation anthropologists have been observing the Vulcan-like Mintakans, whose world mirrors that of Earth's Bronze Age.

As the Enterprise beams up an injured man, a wandering Mintakan, Liko (Ray Wise), witnesses the transport. Stunned by the sight, Liko slips off a high ledge and is critically injured. Ignoring the Prime Directive, Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) transports Liko to the Enterprise where he recovers. Back on Mintaka Three, Kilo tells his people about "The Picard," a god with mastery over life and death. Now Liko has chosen to make a sacrifice to Picard - Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis)!


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