The Naked Now (Episode)
"The Naked Now" (TNG 103)
|Series||Star Trek: The Next Generation|
|Release Date||5 Oct 1987|
A hauntingly familiar disease is unleashed aboard the Enterprise after it makes contact with the Tsiolkovsky, a now-dead research ship that had been investigating a nearby star's collapse. Those afflicted act intoxicated and mentally unstable.
As Dr. Crusher races to find a cure, the disease's symptoms sound familiar to Riker, who goes looking through decades of records with Data until they realize that the original Enterprise encountered a similar disease. But the old cure doesn't work, and before Crusher can discover why, her afflicted son helps disable computer control, putting the ship at the mercy of the collapsing star. Before long, nearly the entire crew — including Dr. Crusher, Picard, Yar, and even Data — come down with the virus.
Finally, Riker, Data and Chief Engineer MacDougal hold off the illness long enough to subdue Wesley Crusher; the android then uses his speed and dexterity to restore the computer in a desperate race against time to get the ship functioning before it collides with an oncoming chunk of the former star. After a cure is finally discovered, the crew ruefully gets on with life.
J. Michael Bingham
Patrick Stewart … Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes … Commander Will Riker
Brent Spiner … Lieutenant Commander Data
Gates McFadden … Dr. Crusher, Beverly
Marina Sirtis … Counselor Deanna Troi
Denise Crosby … Lieutenant Tasha Yar
LeVar Burton … Lieutenant, j.g. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn … Lieutenant, j.g. Worf
Wil Wheaton … Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher
Brooke Bundy … Chief Engineer Sarah MacDougal
Benjamin W.S. Lum … Assistant Engineer Jim Shimoda
Michael Rider … Transporter Chief
Kenny Koch … Kissing crewman
David Rehan … Conn
Skip Stellrecht … Engineering crewman