Star Trek: The Next Generation 1.21 (Symbiosis)
This episode is based on an interesting idea (so interesting, in fact, apparently Denise Crosby asked to be in this one, even though the episode in which she died had already been recorded!) However, as usual with promising episodes from this early on in the series, it is delivered rather badly.
The Enterprise rescue some people from a ship which is about to crash. When they are unable to help them fix it and the ship burns up, they sacrifice some of the crew to beam a container with a drug in it. It all turns out that the two planets in this system have a symbiotic relationship (hence the title). One lot produce a drug which is the cure to a plague that the others are suffering from. But it turns out to be a narcotic and the symptoms that the addicts think is the start of their deaths is nothing more than withdrawal symptoms and the plague does not exist.
This episode contains two actors from The Wrath of Khan– Merritt Butrick (who played Kirks son David, and Judson Scott who played Khan’s Lieutenant).
The idea is sound, the delivery is very dull. Coupled with the fact that both races have an ability to electrocute each other with their bare hands and you are left with a silly, inconsequential story with almost no merit.
A nice idea, wasted.
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 3