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Encyclopedia > Shades of Gray (TNG episode)
Star Trek: TNG episode
"Shades of Gray"

"Riker suffers from a deadly poison in "Shades of Gray".
Episode no. 48
Prod. code 148
Airdate July 17, 1989
Writer(s) Maurice Hurley
Richard Manning
Hans Beimler
Director Robert Bowman
Guest star(s) Colm Meaney
Year 2365
Stardate 42976.1
Episode chronology
Previous "Peak Performance"
Next "Evolution"

"Shades of Gray" is the last episode of the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... July 17 is the 198th day (199th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Richard Manning is a television writer and producer. ... Hans Beimler is a German Jew who grew up in Mexico and is best known for his writing work on the Star Trek franchise, particularly Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... Robert Bowman was a broadcast journalist who covered the London Blitz during WWII. ]] Categories: | | | ... Colm J. Meaney ( or [1], Irish for dove); (born May 30, 1953 in Dublin) is an Irish actor widely known for his role as Miles OBrien in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Peak Performance is an episode from the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Evolution is the first episode of the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ...

Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

During a routine geological survey on Surata IV, Commander William Riker is accidentally struck by a sharp thorn growing on a vine plant. The away team immediately beams back to the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, where Doctor Katherine Pulaski finds out that the thorn has released a deadly virus into Riker's body. Within a matter of hours, the virus will reach Riker's brain, killing him. Captain William Thomas Will Riker is a Star Trek character, played by Jonathan Frakes. ... The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) (or Enterprise-D, to distinguish it from prior starships with the same name) is a 24th century starship in the Star Trek fictional universe and the principal setting of the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. ... Katherine Pulaski was the replacement chief medical officer for Beverly Crusher during the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Groups I: dsDNA viruses II: ssDNA viruses III: dsRNA viruses IV: (+)ssRNA viruses V: (-)ssRNA viruses VI: ssRNA-RT viruses VII: dsDNA-RT viruses A virus (from the Latin noun virus, meaning toxin or poison) is a microscopic particle (ranging in size from 20 - 300 nm) that can infect the...


To try to save Riker's life, Pulaski puts him into a machine that will artificially stimulate his brain neurons, keeping them active and resisting the virus. This causes Riker to dream of his past adventures aboard the Enterprise-D.


Riker's first dreams are of reasonably neutral occasions, such as his first meeting with Lieutenant Commander Data (see Encounter at Farpoint). He soon moves on to more passionate and even erotic dreams, such as meeting the cheerful young Edo women on Rubicon III (see Justice), the matriarch Beata on Angel One (see Angel One), or the computer-generated holodeck woman Minuet (see 11001001). Data,[1] portrayed by Brent Spiner, is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Encounter at Farpoint was the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Eroticism is an aesthetic focused on sexual desire, especially the feelings of anticipation of sexual activity. ... Justice is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, first broadcast November 9, 1987. ... ... Angel One is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, first broadcast January 25, 1988. ... A holodeck on the Enterprise-D; the arch and exit are prominent. ... 11001001 is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, first broadcast February 1, 1988. ...


However, while pleasing to Riker's mind, the passionate dreams only worsen Riker's condition, as the virus feeds on the positive endorphins his brain is creating. Pulaski and Counselor Deanna Troi therefore agree to try to make the machine evoke negative dreams instead. Thus Riker dreams of Lieutenant Tasha Yar's death (see Skin of Evil), or the apparent death of Deanna Troi's child (see The Child). // Runners high redirects here. ... Commander Deanna Troi is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe, played by the actress Marina Sirtis in the series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise (the latter two only in guest appearances), and in several Star Trek films. ... Lieutenant Natasha Yar, played by Denise Crosby, is a Starfleet officer in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Skin of Evil is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, first broadcast April 25, 1988. ... The Child is the first episode of the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...


This has the desired effect, as the negative endorphins drive the virus away, but the endorphins are not strong enough. As a last resort, Pulaski uses the machine to evoke dreams of raw, primitive feelings of fear and survival. Thus Riker dreams of fighting the tar creature Armus (see Skin of Evil), the fake Admiral Gregory Quinn (see Conspiracy), or the Klingon officer Klag on board the warship Pagh (see A Matter of Honor). Conspiracy is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, first broadcast May 9, 1988. ... This article is about the fictional race. ... Klag, son of MRaq, is a Klingon in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... The Pagh was a Klingon starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... A Matter of Honor is a second season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation first broadcast on February 6, 1989. ...


Seeing that the raw emotions work best, Pulaski intensifies the dreams to come at a more rapid pace. This finally kills the virus and Riker recovers.


This episode is basically Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, except instead of being a troubled and sincere portrait of the disintegration of one man's faith in his ability to love, it is Riker boning aliens. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Notes

Shades of Gray is a clip show as the bulk of this episode is composed of footage from previous TNG episodes. In a writer's strike-shortened second season, the producers needed one more episode so they quickly drafted and filmed a story that would allow for Riker to simply "remember" past events. As the only clip show in the series (or any Star Trek series, unless one counts The Menagerie) it is typically ill-regarded by fans, even considered by many to be the worst episode in the series' seven-year run.[1] In television, a clip show is an episode of a series, usually a sitcom, that consists primarily of excerpts from previous episodes, generally depicted as a sequence of flashbacks given plausibility by a frame tale. ... The Menagerie is the only two-part episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ...


This episode also marks the last appearance of Doctor Katherine "Kate" Pulaski.


External links


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"Shades of Gray" is the last episode of the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
During a routine geological survey on Surata IV, Commander William Riker is accidentally struck by a sharp thorn growing on a vine plant.
Shades of Gray is a clip show as the bulk of this episode is composed of footage from previous TNG episodes.
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