Season 2 opens with the introduction of a bearded William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), the promotion of Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) to chief engineer, and the replacement of Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher with Dr. Pulaski (Diana Muldaur). With a scene that's much sexier than it has any right to be, a Tinkerbell-like spark enters the ship, finds a sleeping Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), moves under her covers, and impregnates her. The alien baby starts to grow much faster than a normal gestation period, shrinking the time frame down to a couple of days. Worf wants to terminate the pregnancy, Data wants to study the life form, and Troi decides to keep the baby no matter what anyone thinks. Once born, the boy continues its rapid growth, but is discovered to have an adverse effect on the specimens of a dangerous plasma plague they are carrying to a scientific research facility. None too subtly, the whole episode explores ideas about family. Also included is a guest spot by independent-film veteran Seymour Cassel. --Andy SpletzerFrom the Back Cover:
While preparing to transport samples of a lethal plasma plague, the crew receives some startling news: Counselor Troi (Marina Sirtis) is pregnant.
According to Troi, she was impregnated by a glowing white light. The ship's new Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kate Pulaski (Diana Muldaur), watches in amazement as Troi gives birth to Ian, a half-human, half-Betazoid boy who ages eight years in one day.
Meanwhile, another child of the Enterprise, Wesley (Wil Wheaton), wrestles with his prospects. Having planned to join his mother at Starfleet Medical, Wesley now decides to remain on the ship. But everyone's future is threatened when the force-field surrounding the plague specimens is compromised by an unexpected source: Ian.
Introducing Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan, host of the Ten Forward lounge.
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