|The Next Generation|
We open on the bridge with an away team on lead by Lt Worf on the surface of a believed uninhabited planet.
The away team is in trouble and is beamed directly to sick bay as there has been an injury. The ship's archeologist is D.O.A. Did I miss something significant or did we just introduce a new character just to kill her? Her name was Lt Astor, but considering her life expectancy I'm suprised they didn't dress her in a red shirt and name her Wartofski!
She was kill instantly by an explosion which she "took the full brunt of". Pretty weak explosion if you ask me. She still seemed to have the prerequisite number of arms and legs and even her clothing was intact. The only damage she seemed to have sustained was a bit of a scratch to the forehead. It seems that she was an NPC after all.
Picard goes to her now orphaned son and comes up with one of his all time best lines: "No-one is alone on the Enterprise, no-one.". Great amount of privacy they must all get then.
In time yet another immortal morphing energy being visits the ship (again without the sensors reading anything). This one wants to take the child back to the planet to make him happy. It looked like his mother. I don't know about you, but I would not take kindly to some alien immitating my recently decesased parent. The kid is of course, taken in by this whole ruse.
It was about this time that I began to wonder if this were not just some poltergeist phenomenon associated with the grieveing child, but then, that would have been plot subtlety, and we all know that we can't have that in ST:TNG.
After the alien decides to leave, Worf offers "to bond" with the young boy. I believe that this practice is illegal at the moment, but I assume that their morality laws have been somewhat relaxed in the 24th century.