Star Trek: The Next Generation (season 5)

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Star Trek: The Next Generation season 5
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Original network Broadcast syndication
Original release September 23, 1991 (1991-09-23) – June 15, 1992 (1992-06-15)
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List of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes

The fifth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation commenced airing in broadcast syndication in the United States on September 23, 1991 and concluded on June 15, 1992 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 is notable among Star Trek fans as the season when Gene Roddenberry died of cardiac arrest on October 24, 1991. Production on the episode "Hero Worship," directed by Patrick Stewart, was halted when news reached the set.

This season sees Picard have some of the more memorable experiences of the series, such as learning to communicate with the heretofore unintelligible Tamarians ("Darmok"), overcoming his dislike of children when he is trapped along with three children after the Enterprise-D is struck by a quantum filament ("Disaster"), and meeting with Ambassador Spock on Romulus in "Unification". Most notably, in "The Inner Light", he experiences 40 or so years of life as an ironweaver on an extinct alien world after an encounter with a probe launched before the destruction of that world.

Michelle Forbes joined the cast as Ensign Ro Laren, a Bajoran officer who was initially conceived to be one the main characters in the upcoming spin off Deep Space Nine. Wesley also makes a few appearances in this season when he saves the Enterprise from an alien game which was actually a mind-control device ("The Game"), and later at Starfleet Academy when he participates in a coverup of the circumstances surrounding the death of one of his classmates ("The First Duty").

The season ends with the discovery of Data's head in a cave under San Francisco which had been sealed for 500 years, and eventually with Data, Picard, La Forge, Troi, Riker, and Doctor Crusher trapped in 19th century Earth ("Time's Arrow").

Graphical Changes are evident during the opening credits where "Star Trek" and "The next generation" have a rear shadow. This is only seen on episodes 1-26 (Overall No's 127-152) In Season 5. They are not evident in any other season


Recurring characters[edit]


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

No. in
Title Stardate Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
101 1 "Redemption, Part II" 45021.3 David Carson Ronald D. Moore September 23, 1991 (1991-09-23) N/A[1]
The Klingon Civil War comes to a conclusion.
102 2 "Darmok" 45047.2 Winrich Kolbe Story by : Philip LaZebnik and Joe Menosky
Teleplay by : Joe Menosky
September 30, 1991 (1991-09-30) N/A[1]
Picard must learn to communicate with an alien captain who speaks in metaphors before a dangerous beast kills them both. Guest star Paul Winfield as Dathon.
103 3 "Ensign Ro" 45076.3 Les Landau Story by : Rick Berman & Michael Piller
Teleplay by : Michael Piller
October 7, 1991 (1991-10-07) 11.6[1]
After an attack on a Federation outpost, Picard is sent to locate a Bajoran terrorist with the help of Ensign Ro Laren.
104 4 "Silicon Avatar" 45122.3 Cliff Bole Story by : Lawrence V. Conley
Teleplay by : Jeri Taylor
October 14, 1991 (1991-10-14) 12.0[1]
With the help of a scientist whose son who lived on Data's home world, the crew attempt to communicate with the Crystalline Entity.
105 5 "Disaster" 45156.1 Gabrielle Beaumont Story by : Ron Jarvis & Philip A. Scorza
Teleplay by : Ronald D. Moore
October 21, 1991 (1991-10-21) 12.3[1]
The Enterprise is without power, trapping Picard in a turbolift with three children and others in various locations. Command of the bridge falls to Counselor Troi who feels ill-prepared.
106 6 "The Game" 45208.2 Corey Allen Story by : Susan Sackett & Fred Bronson and Brannon Braga
Teleplay by : Brannon Braga
October 28, 1991 (1991-10-28) 13.4[1]
Wesley visits the Enterprise and finds the crew addicted to a mind-altering computer game. Guest star Ashley Judd as Robin Lefler.
107 7 "Unification, Part I" 45233.1 Les Landau Story by : Rick Berman and Michael Piller
Teleplay by : Jeri Taylor
November 4, 1991 (1991-11-04) 15.4[1]
Spock is reported to have defected to the Romulans. Picard and Data travel to Romulus in a cloaked Klingon vessel to investigate.
108 8 "Unification, Part II" 45245.8 Cliff Bole Story by : Rick Berman and Michael Piller
Teleplay by : Michael Piller
November 11, 1991 (1991-11-11) 15.4[1]
Spock attempts to unify the Vulcans and Romulans in peace but falls into a Romulan trap.
109 9 "A Matter of Time" 45349.1 Paul Lynch Rick Berman November 18, 1991 (1991-11-18) 13.9[1]
An apparent historian from the 26th century visits the Enterprise while they help a planet prevent a nuclear winter. Guest star Matt Frewer as Berlinghoff Rasmussen.
110 10 "New Ground" 45376.3 Robert Scheerer Story by : Sara Charno and Stuart Charno
Teleplay by : Grant Rosenberg
January 6, 1992 (1992-01-06) 11.9[1]
Worf tries to be a father to his son, Alexander, while the Enterprise helps to test a new propulsion technology.
111 11 "Hero Worship" 45397.3 Patrick Stewart Story by : Hilary J. Bader
Teleplay by : Joe Menosky
January 27, 1992 (1992-01-27) 12.7[1]
Data saves the life of an orphaned boy who begins to emulate him.
112 12 "Violations" 45429.3 Robert Wiemer Story by : Shari Goodhartz and T. Michael and Pamela Gray
Teleplay by : Pamela Gray and Jeri Taylor
February 3, 1992 (1992-02-03) 12.1[1]
An alien traveling aboard the Enterprise telepathically molests Troi and invades the minds of Beverly Crusher and William Riker.
113 13 "The Masterpiece Society" 45470.1 Winrich Kolbe Story by : James Kahn and Adam Belanoff
Teleplay by : Adam Belanoff and Michael Piller
February 10, 1992 (1992-02-10) 12.0[1]
The Enterprise helps a far-flung eugenic human colony avoid destruction but upsets its delicate balance by ending 200 years of isolation.
114 14 "Conundrum" 45494.2 Les Landau Story by : Paul Schiffer
Teleplay by : Barry Schkolnick
February 17, 1992 (1992-02-17) 12.2[1]
The crew's memories are mysteriously erased. They soon discover that they are being manipulated into taking part in a war.
115 15 "Power Play" 45571.2 David Livingston Story by : Paul Ruben and Maurice Hurley
Teleplay by : René Balcer and Herbert Wright & Brannon Braga
February 24, 1992 (1992-02-24) 13.2[1]
Troi, O'Brien, and Data are possessed by entities who want control of the ship.
116 16 "Ethics" 45587.3 Chip Chalmers Story by : Sara Charno & Stuart Charno
Teleplay by : Ronald D. Moore
March 2, 1992 (1992-03-02) 12.6[1]
Worf becomes paralyzed and suicidal, asking Riker to do the Hedmar ceremony. Dr. Crusher consults a risk-taking researcher to save his life.
117 17 "The Outcast" 45614.6 Robert Scheerer Jeri Taylor March 16, 1992 (1992-03-16) 12.3[1]
Riker falls in love with an androgynous alien during their efforts to rescue others of the same race who were trapped in "null space".
118 18 "Cause and Effect" 45652.1 Jonathan Frakes Brannon Braga March 23, 1992 (1992-03-23) 13.0[1]
The Enterprise becomes stuck in a time loop but the crew retain some memory of previous instances. Guest star Kelsey Grammer as Morgan Bateson.
119 19 "The First Duty" 45703.9 Paul Lynch Ronald D. Moore & Naren Shankar March 30, 1992 (1992-03-30) 12.1[1]
Wesley is questioned over a Starfleet Academy flight training accident. Guest star Ray Walston as Boothby.
120 20 "Cost of Living" 45733.6 Winrich Kolbe Peter Allan Fields April 20, 1992 (1992-04-20) 11.7[1]
Deanna's mother, Lwaxana, arrives to marry a man she has never met. Worf has difficulty rearing Alexander, which is exacerbated when Lwaxana takes the boy under her wing.
121 21 "The Perfect Mate" 45761.3 Cliff Bole Story by : René Echevarria and Gary Perconte
Teleplay by : Gary Perconte and Michael Piller
April 27, 1992 (1992-04-27) 10.8[1]
Picard forces himself to resist the charms of a female empathic metamorph who is sent to marry an alien leader as a peace offering. Guest star Famke Janssen as Kamala.
122 22 "Imaginary Friend" 45852.1 Gabrielle Beaumont Story by : Jean Louise Matthias & Ronald Wilkerson and Richard Fliegel
Teleplay by : Edithe Swensen and Brannon Braga
May 4, 1992 (1992-05-04) 12.1[1]
A child's imaginary playmate takes on physical form and threatens the well-being of the Enterprise.
123 23 "I, Borg" 45854.2 Robert Lederman René Echevarria May 11, 1992 (1992-05-11) 12.8[1]
The Enterprise rescues a Borg survivor, whom Geordi names 'Hugh'. Picard plans to download a destructive computer virus to Hugh so the virus will spread throughout the collective when Hugh is sent back.
124 24 "The Next Phase" 45892.4 David Carson Ronald D. Moore May 18, 1992 (1992-05-18) 11.7[1]
A transporter accident traps Geordi and Ensign Ro out of phase with normal space. While the others plan their funeral, Geordi and Ro must find a way to reverse the process and save the Enterprise from destruction.
125 25 "The Inner Light" 45944.1 Peter Lauritson Story by : Morgan Gendel
Teleplay by : Morgan Gendel and Peter Allan Fields
June 1, 1992 (1992-06-01) 11.1[1]
A space probe creates a telepathic tether to Picard and causes him to experience, in twenty-five minutes, a lifetime as a married man on a world that was destroyed a millennium ago.
126 26 "Time's Arrow, Part I" 45959.1 Les Landau Story by : Joe Menosky
Teleplay by : Joe Menosky and Michael Piller
June 15, 1992 (1992-06-15) 11.8[1]
A 500-year-old artifact is uncovered on Earth: Data's severed head. The Enterprise investigates alien involvement in Earth's past and Data fulfills his destiny.

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  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 5–6". TrekNation. Archived from the original on October 5, 2000. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 

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