Star Trek: The Next Generation (season 4)

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Star Trek: The Next Generation season 4
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Region A/1 Blu-ray cover art
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Broadcast
Original channel Broadcast syndication
Original run September 24, 1990 (1990-09-24) – June 17, 1991 (1991-06-17)
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List of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes

The fourth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation commenced airing in broadcast syndication in the United States on September 24, 1990 and concluded on June 17, 1991 after airing 26 episodes. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise-D.

This season saw the show embracing the notion of serialized storylines. A recurring theme throughout the season is the notion of a brewing Duras-Romulan plot against the Federation, coupled with Worf's effort to reclaim his family honor. Both storylines were introduced in Season 3's "Sins of the Father". Worf's discommendation is a major theme in "Family" and "The Drumhead", while his dishonor and the Duras-Romulan plot take center stage in the episodes "Reunion", "The Mind's Eye", and "Redemption".

A second recurring storyline in the season is the growth of Miles O'Brien as a character. His first and middle name are revealed in "Family", he marries in "Data's Day", his past is revealed in "The Wounded", and his marriage is explored in "In Theory".

Following "The Best of Both Worlds" cliffhanger, Season 4 was also known as the soft family-themed season. Indeed, the first post-Borg episode deals with Picard and Worf's family, the second with Data's. Worf's son Alexander appears later in the season, as does Tasha Yar's sister, and the Enterprise encounters an infant alien space entity.

Cast[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

In the following table, episodes are listed by the order in which they aired.

Season 4 (1990–91)[edit]

No. No. in
season
Title Stardate Directed by Written by Original air date US viewers (millions)
75 1 "The Best of Both Worlds: Part II" 44001.4 Cliff Bole Michael Piller September 24, 1990 (1990-09-24) 12.3[1]
Picard is rescued from the Borg as the Enterprise races to save Earth. Data interfaces with the half-Borg Picard and finds a way to shut down the Borg ship. Guest star Elizabeth Dennehy as Starfleet Commander Shelby.
76 2 "Family" 44012.3 Les Landau Ronald D. Moore October 1, 1990 (1990-10-01) 9.6[1]
While the Enterprise is under going repairs at Earth, Captain Picard visits his brother's family in France, Lt. Worf's adoptive human parents come to see him aboard the ship, and Dr. Crusher gives her son Wesley a personal holo-recording left by his late father shortly after the boy's birth.
77 3 "Brothers" 44085.7 Rob Bowman Rick Berman October 8, 1990 (1990-10-08) 10.9[1]
Data is summoned by his creator Noonien Soong. They are joined by Data's brother, Lore.
78 4 "Suddenly Human" 44143.7 Gabrielle Beaumont Teleplay: John Whelpley & Jeri Taylor
Story: Ralph Phillips
October 15, 1990 (1990-10-15) 10.3[1]
Picard must help a human boy, raised by aliens, to decide his fate.
79 5 "Remember Me" 44161.2 Cliff Bole Lee Sheldon October 22, 1990 (1990-10-22) 11.4[1]
After an apparent failure of a warp-field experiment, people begin to disappear from the Enterprise with only Dr. Crusher remembering that they ever existed.
80 6 "Legacy" 44215.2 Robert Scheerer Joe Menosky October 29, 1990 (1990-10-29) 12.0[1]
Tasha Yar's sister Ishara seeks to restore order on their conflict-ridden colony world.
81 7 "Reunion" 44246.3 Jonathan Frakes Teleplay: Thomas Perry & Jo Perry & Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga
Story: Drew Deighan & Thomas Perry and Jo Perry
November 5, 1990 (1990-11-05) 12.2[1]
Worf's ex-girlfriend returns, and along with Picard, the two mediate a Klingon power dispute and Worf discovers more family.
82 8 "Future Imperfect" 44286.5 Les Landau J. Larry Carroll & David Bennett Carren November 12, 1990 (1990-11-12) 12.0[1]
Riker finds himself sixteen years in the future. His memory of the interim is erased by a dormant virus.
83 9 "Final Mission" 44307.3 Corey Allen Teleplay: Kacey Arnold-Ince and Jeri Taylor
Story: Kacey Arnold-Ince
November 19, 1990 (1990-11-19) 11.5[1]
Wesley sets off on his final mission with the Enterprise accompanied by Picard. They become stranded on a desert planet.
84 10 "The Loss" 44356.9 Chip Chalmers Teleplay: Hilary J. Bader & Alan J. Adler and Vanessa Greene
Story: Hilary J. Bader
December 31, 1990 (1990-12-31) 12.2[1]
An unknown force captures the Enterprise and causes Deanna to lose her empathic powers.
85 11 "Data's Day" 44390.1 Robert Wiemer Teleplay: Harold Apter and Ronald D. Moore
Story: Harold Apter
January 7, 1991 (1991-01-07) 11.7[1]
Data gets dancing lessons from Dr. Crusher in preparation of Chief O'Brien's wedding as the Enterprise brings Ambassador T'Pel to the Romulans for negotiations.
86 12 "The Wounded" 44429.6 Chip Chalmers Teleplay: Jeri Taylor
Story: Stuart Charno & Sara Charno and Cy Chermak
January 28, 1991 (1991-01-28) 12.1[1]
A rogue Starfleet Captain jeopardizes the Cardassian peace treaty.
87 13 "Devil's Due" 44474.5 Tom Benko Teleplay: Philip LaZebnik
Story: Philip LaZebnik and William Douglas Lansford
February 4, 1991 (1991-02-04) 13.0[1]
A powerful mythic figure from a millennium ago returns to enslave a planet in accordance with a contract. However, Picard is convinced she is an opportunistic charlatan. Guest star Marta DuBois as Ardra.
88 14 "Clues" 44502.7 Les Landau Teleplay: Bruce D. Arthurs and Joe Menosky
Story: Bruce D. Arthurs
February 11, 1991 (1991-02-11) 12.3[1]
The crew, with the exception of Data, is rendered unconscious for 30 seconds after going through a localized wormhole. However, various clues suggest they were unconscious for an entire day.
89 15 "First Contact" 44575.2 Cliff Bole Teleplay: Dennis Russell Bailey & David Bischoff and Joe Menosky & Ronald D. Moore and Michael Piller
Story: Marc Scott Zicree
February 18, 1991 (1991-02-18) 11.4[1]
Riker is hospitalized during a botched pre-first contact mission. Xenophobia results in increasing hostility toward his presence.
90 16 "Galaxy's Child" 44614.6 Winrich Kolbe Teleplay: Maurice Hurley
Story: Thomas Kartozian
March 11, 1991 (1991-03-11) 11.7[1]
The Enterprise accidentally kills a space creature, and the crew rush to save its unborn offspring. Meanwhile, Geordi meets the engineer he fell in love with and finds to his shock, she's nothing like the woman he encountered on the holodeck. Guest star Susan Gibney as Dr. Leah Brahms.
91 17 "Night Terrors" 44631.2 Les Landau Teleplay: Pamela Douglas and Jeri Taylor
Story: Shari Goodhartz
March 18, 1991 (1991-03-18) 11.2[1]
The Enterprise is trapped in a rift, the crew succumbs to REM sleep deprivation, and Deanna has a recurring nightmare.
92 18 "Identity Crisis" 44664.5 Winrich Kolbe Teleplay: Brannon Braga
Story: Timothy DeHaas
March 25, 1991 (1991-03-25) 10.9[1]
Geordi transforms into an alien creature with a strong instinct to return to its planet of origin.
93 19 "The Nth Degree" 44704.2 Robert Legato Joe Menosky April 1, 1991 (1991-04-01) 11.0[1]
After an encounter with an alien probe, Barclay experiences great leaps in confidence and intelligence.
94 20 "Qpid" 44741.9 Cliff Bole Teleplay: Ira Steven Behr
Story: Randee Russell and Ira Steven Behr
April 22, 1991 (1991-04-22) 10.8[1]
Q returns to test Picard's love for an old flame.
95 21 "The Drumhead" 44769.2 Jonathan Frakes Jeri Taylor April 29, 1991 (1991-04-29) 10.5[1]
A witchhunt ensues for suspected Romulan spies aboard the Enterprise. Guest star Jean Simmons as Rear Admiral Norah Satie.
96 22 "Half a Life" 44805.3 Les Landau Teleplay: Peter Allan Fields
Story: Ted Roberts and Peter Allan Fields
May 6, 1991 (1991-05-06) Unknown[1]
Lwaxana Troi finally finds love but discovers her man must undergo a ritualistic suicide. Guest star David Ogden Stiers as Timicin.
97 23 "The Host" 44821.3 Marvin V. Rush Michel Horvat May 13, 1991 (1991-05-13) 11.3[1]
Dr. Crusher falls in love with Odan, a peace negotiator, only to discover that he is a symbiote. When his original host dies, he is implanted into Riker temporarily to finish his negotiations.
98 24 "The Mind's Eye" 44885.5 David Livingston Teleplay: René Echevarria
Story: Ken Schafer and René Echevarria
May 27, 1991 (1991-05-27) 10.1[1]
The Romulans brainwash Geordi to carry out a covert mission.
99 25 "In Theory" 44932.3 Patrick Stewart Joe Menosky and Ronald D. Moore June 3, 1991 (1991-06-03) 9.8[1]
Data participates in a romantic relationship with a fellow crew member.
100 26 "Redemption I" 44995.3 Cliff Bole Ronald D. Moore June 17, 1991 (1991-06-17) 10.9[1]
Worf leaves the Enterprise to fight on behalf of Gowron in a Klingon civil war.

Home media release[edit]

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 4
Set details Special features
  • Episodes: 26
  • Discs: 7 (DVD) / 6 (Blu-Ray)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (DVD) / 1.85:1 (Blu-Ray)
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

DVD and Blu-ray

  • Mission Overview: Year Four
  • Selected Crew Analysis: Year Four
  • Departmental Briefing, Year Four: Production
  • New Life and New Civilizations
  • Chronicles from the Final Frontier
Release dates
DVD Blu-ray
Region 1 Region 2 United States (Region free) United Kingdom (Region free)
Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z "Star Trek: The Next Generation Nielsen Ratings – Seasons 3–4". TrekNation. Archived from the original on October 5, 2000. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 

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