Up the Long Ladder (Episode)
"Up the Long Ladder" (TNG 144)
|Series||Star Trek: The Next Generation|
|Release Date||22 May 1989|
Stellar flares are about to destroy the Bringloidi homeworld when the Enterprise rescues the colony, populated by a lively, agrarian people long forgotten beyond fragmentary records from two centuries earlier. The Bringloidi bring along their livestock and set up camp in a cargo bay. Riker is soon keeping company with the bumbling leader's feisty daughter. Then Picard and Data discover that the colonists were one of two groups to settle in the system, and the Enterprise heads out to warn the other colony of the danger.
Soon, they find the Mariposans, and entire society composed of clones from the five crew members who survived the original colony ship's crash landing. Now fearful of degeneration due to replicative fading, the Mariposans beg for fresh DNA from the Enterprise crew, but the idea is repugnant to the Starfleet personnel — just as the idea of sexual reproduction is to the Mariposans. Desperate, the colony's leaders kidnap Riker and Dr. Pulaski, and collect DNA samples, but the pair return to destroy the clones and bring a compromise from Picard: rejoin with the Bringloidi on a new colony world.
Melinda M. Snodgrass
Patrick Stewart … Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes … Commander Will Riker
Brent Spiner … Lieutenant Commander Data
Marina Sirtis … Counselor Deanna Troi
LeVar Burton … Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn … Lieutenant Worf
Wil Wheaton … Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher