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Star trek: The next generation 1.06a - Haven

Stardate 41294.5
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Episode propaganda

The Enterprise arrives at Haven, a paradise planet renowned throughout the galaxy. Suddenly, Deanna Troi is sent a talking chest from the planet, informing her that her mother, Lwaxana (Majel Barrett) and her fiancé, Wyatt Miller (Rob Knepper) are below. Her arranged marriage is imminent, after which she must leave the Enterprise.

When Deanna meets Wyatt for the first time he is surprised by her appearance. Since he was a child, he's seen a face in his mind, and he expected that that face belonged to Deanna.

Meanwhile, a Tarellian ship appears. The Tarellians are victims of an old biological war, the disease which they carry is both contagious and incurable. The Haven authorities require Picard to destroy it before the Tarellians can infect the planet...

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Stewart .... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander Will Riker
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Brent Spiner .... Lieutenant Commander Data
  • Gates McFadden .... Commander Doctor Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis .... Lieutenant Commander Counsellor Deanna Troi
  • LeVar Burton .... Commander Geordi La Forge
  • Wil Wheaton .... Wesley Crusher
  • Denise Crosby .... Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Enterprise-D computer voice, Lwaxana Troi
  • Rob Knepper .... Wyatt Miller
  • Nan Martin .... Victoria Miller
  • Robert Ellen Stein .... Steven Miller
  • Carel Struycken .... Mister Homn
  • Anna Katarina .... Valeda Innis
  • Raye Birk .... Wrenn
  • Danitza Kingsley .... Ariana
  • Michael Rider .... Transporter Chief
  • lan O'Kun .... Storywriter
  • Tracy Torme .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Richard Compton .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Haven:
  1. A shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary.
  2. A place where ships can take on or discharge cargo.
Marina Sirtas' turn to be the star and Gene Roddenberry's girlfriend's turn to get some steady acting work. Sure, Majel was in Star trek long before she and Gene hooked up but that's still the reason she got the job. Not that she's bad at it but nepotism should always be mentioned.

Haven is, unsubtly, both a place and a state of existence. Starfleet has been Deanna's haven from her interfering mother and from her own, badly-managed love life. At least it was a haven until she signed onto the Enterprise and ran into Will Riker again. And now, to force some action, Lwaxana has turned up with a fiancé for her daughter in tow. Oh joy, there's nothing like an arranged marriage to put a spanner in the works. A haven is also the place that the Tarellians are seeking: a place where they can find a solution to their terminal problem. Running two stories at the same time, both of which illuminate the other, is an old writers trick and perfectly valid. It's obvious, but it's valid. Be wary of using it too often or people will think that you can't write one story without having to write another story to explain it.

As for the precognitive dreams of Wyatt and Ariana, well, let's just say that it's all part of the fundamental interconnectedness of things and leave it at that.

Security censorship classification

PG

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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