Bloodlines (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
|Star Trek: The Next Generation episode|
|Episode no.||Season 7|
|Directed by||Les Landau|
|Written by||Nick Sagan|
|Featured music||Dennis McCarthy|
|Original air date||May 2, 1994|
"Bloodlines" the 174th episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 22nd episode of the seventh season. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet crew of the Federation starship Enterprise-D. Actor Ken Olandt guest stars as Jason Vigo. Lee Arenberg replaces Frank Corsentino as Bok.
Picard, who is not aware of having a son, eventually locates Jason Vigo, the son of a woman named Miranda Vigo, with whom Picard had had a past relationship. The results of a DNA test confirm that Jason is indeed Picard's son, but Picard's attempts to bond with Jason prove difficult, and he is dismayed to discover that Jason has a criminal record, having been convicted of petty theft and trespassing. Meanwhile, Bok beams to the Enterprise twice (using subspace transport technology) to repeat his threats, and Jason suffers attacks from an unknown disease.
Finally, Bok beams Jason off the Enterprise and onto his own ship. La Forge determines that the transport is occurring via a small transport platform, and that research into subspace transporter technology was abandoned by the Federation because of its extreme unreliability and high energy requirements.
Picard then beams to Bok's ship via the Ferengi's own subspace transporter, where he confronts Bok and three other Ferengi and reveals that Dr. Crusher has discovered that Jason Vigo is not, in fact, Picard's son. Bok had resequenced Jason's DNA so that Picard would know how it felt to lose a son, but Bok's technique was flawed, and the deception was exposed when Crusher determined that Jason's disease was normally inherited, yet neither his mother nor Picard had it.
Realizing that there was no profit to be earned from Bok's revenge scheme, the three other Ferengi then disarm Bok and release Jason. After gladly hearing the news that Jason's condition is responding well to Dr. Crusher's treatment, Picard invites him to stay on the Enterprise a few more days. However, Jason decides to return to his life on Camor V to "straighten things out." In the transporter room, after Jason suggests he look him up should he ever be in the area, Picard finally bonds with his 'son' by presenting him with a Gorlan prayer stick, a rare artifact that Picard had traded a valuable bottle of Saurian brandy to obtain. Jason is sincerely touched by Picard's generosity.
This was released in Japan on LaserDisc on October 9, 1998 as part of the half-season collection Log.14: Seventh Season Part.2. This set included episodes from "Lower Decks" to Part II of "All Good Things", with English and Japanese audio tracks.
- "LaserDisc Database - Star Trek Next Generation: Log.14: Seventh Season Part.2 [PILF-2438]". www.lddb.com. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
- Staff, Ars (2014-03-22). "The Ars staff picks our least-favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
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