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Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 7
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes26
Release
Original networkBroadcast syndication
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1993 (1993-09-20) –
May 23, 1994 (1994-05-23)
Season chronology
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Season 6
List of episodes

The seventh and final season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation commenced airing in broadcast syndication in the United States on September 20, 1993, and concluded on May 23, 1994, after airing 26 episodes. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise-D.

The season begins with the crew defeating Lore and his group of rogue Borg, resulting in the disassembly of Lore. It continued this theme of family history with most of the episodes. After dealing with Lore, Data also confronts the realization that his "mother" is still alive ("Inheritance"). In "Interface", Geordi attempts to save his mother from a damaged ship and is forced to deal with his loss. Worf meets a future version of his son, Alexander, in "Firstborn" and his foster brother in "Homeward".

Both Troi and Dr. Crusher confront old family secrets in "Dark Page" and "Sub Rosa". Picard also faces challenges with a son he never knew he had in "Bloodlines" and his relationship with his family – past, present, and future – in the series finale "All Good Things..."

The series ends with Q concluding his trial of humanity, giving Picard an opportunity to save all of humankind.

This season was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, making Star Trek: The Next Generation the first (and, as of 2020, only) syndicated series to be nominated for the award.

Cast

Recurring Characters

Episodes

See also: List of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes

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

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1531"Descent, Part II"Alexander SingerRené EchevarriaSeptember 20, 1993 (1993-09-20)13.0[1]
The Borg are being led by Lore. Data falls under his control by being fed negative emotions.
1542"Liaisons"Cliff BoleStory by : Roger Eschbacher & Jaq Greenspon
Teleplay by : Jeanne Carrigan-Fauci & Lisa Rich
September 27, 1993 (1993-09-27)12.2[1]
Worf and Troi reluctantly play host to two Iyaaran ambassadors while Picard crashes in a shuttle with another Iyaaran. He is rescued by a human female who exhibits strange behavior.
1553"Interface"Robert WiemerJoe MenoskyOctober 4, 1993 (1993-10-04)11.7[1]
Geordi tries to rescue his mother's starship via a remotely controlled probe.
1564"Gambit, Part I"Peter LauritsonStory by : Naren Shankar & Christopher Hatton
Teleplay by : Naren Shankar
October 11, 1993 (1993-10-11)11.9[1]
The Enterprise crew investigate the apparent murder of Captain Picard during an archaeological trip. Riker is kidnapped by mercenaries and finds Picard working as part of their crew.
1575"Gambit, Part II"Alexander SingerStory by : Naren Shankar
Teleplay by : Ronald D. Moore
October 18, 1993 (1993-10-18)12.0[1]
Picard and Riker help mercenaries collect archaeological artifacts to prevent an ancient Vulcan weapon from falling into the wrong hands.
1586"Phantasms"Patrick StewartBrannon BragaOctober 25, 1993 (1993-10-25)12.2[1]
Data experiences strange dreams while the Enterprise has issues with its renewed warp core. But all is not as it seems.
1597"Dark Page"Les LandauHilary J. BaderNovember 1, 1993 (1993-11-01)11.6[1]
A psychic breakdown puts Lwaxana Troi in a coma and Deanna works to save her life. This episode features a young Kirsten Dunst playing the little girl Hedril.
1608"Attached"Jonathan FrakesNick Sagan[a]November 8, 1993 (1993-11-08)12.1[1]
Reclusive aliens imprison Picard and Dr. Crusher on charges of espionage. Experimental implants linking their minds telepathically cause them to face their latent feelings for each other.
1619"Force of Nature"Robert LedermanNaren ShankarNovember 15, 1993 (1993-11-15)11.9[1]
A pair of scientists show that warp drive is harming the fabric of space while the Enterprise investigates a Federation ship's disappearance.
16210"Inheritance"Robert ScheererStory by : Dan Koeppel
Teleplay by : Dan Koeppel & René Echevarria
November 22, 1993 (1993-11-22)11.6[1]
Data encounters a woman claiming to be his "mother" while the Enterprise assists an alien planet in re-stabilizing their planet's core.
16311"Parallels"Robert WiemerBrannon BragaNovember 29, 1993 (1993-11-29)12.8[1]
Worf finds himself randomly shifting between alternate realities, after winning a tournament and celebrating his birthday.
16412"The Pegasus"LeVar BurtonRonald D. MooreJanuary 10, 1994 (1994-01-10)11.9[1]
Riker's former Captain boards the Enterprise to retrieve the USS Pegasus. Picard investigates the circumstances of its loss and finds that there has been a cover-up. Features Terry O'Quinn as Admiral Eric Pressman.
16513"Homeward"Alexander SingerStory by : Spike Steingasser
Teleplay by : Naren Shankar
January 17, 1994 (1994-01-17)11.8[1]
A civilization doomed to extinction is saved by a Federation observer – Worf's human foster brother – in violation of the Prime Directive, forcing the Enterprise crew to actively determine their fate. Based upon material by William N. Stape.
16614"Sub Rosa"Jonathan FrakesStory by : Jeri Taylor
Teleplay by : Brannon Braga
January 31, 1994 (1994-01-31)11.5[1]
Dr. Crusher attends her grandmother's funeral and finds that the house is inhabited by a spirit who is 800 years old, and was her grandmother's lover. Based upon material by Jeanna F. Gallo.
16715"Lower Decks"Gabrielle BeaumontStory by : Ronald Wilkerson & Jean Louise Matthias
Teleplay by : René Echevarria
February 7, 1994 (1994-02-07)11.9[1]
Junior officers buck for promotion as one of them is assigned the dangerous task of helping a Cardassian spy.
16816"Thine Own Self"Winrich KolbeStory by : Christopher Hatton
Teleplay by : Ronald D. Moore
February 14, 1994 (1994-02-14)11.4[1]
Data loses his memory after retrieving radioactive fragments on a planet's surface and endangers the humanoid settlement he encounters, while Deanna studies to become a bridge officer.
16917"Masks"Robert WiemerJoe MenoskyFebruary 21, 1994 (1994-02-21)11.8[1]
The Enterprise finds an ancient library that recreates its civilization by taking possession of Data and transforming the ship.
17018"Eye of the Beholder"Cliff BoleStory by : Brannon Braga
Teleplay by : René Echevarria
February 28, 1994 (1994-02-28)13.3[1]
Deanna investigates the suicide of a crewman and uncovers a murder that took place during construction of the Enterprise.
17119"Genesis"Gates McFaddenBrannon BragaMarch 21, 1994 (1994-03-21)11.3[1]
A routine medical treatment inadvertently creates a virus that begins to de-evolve the Enterprise crew while Picard and Data are on an away mission. This is the first and only episode to be directed by Gates McFadden, who plays Dr. Crusher.
17220"Journey's End"Corey AllenRonald D. MooreMarch 28, 1994 (1994-03-28)11.9[1]
Wesley considers his future as the Enterprise is ordered to remove Native Americans from a planet that is about to fall under Cardassian jurisdiction. Guest stars Richard Poe as Gul Evek, Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher and Tom Jackson as Lakanta. Final appearance of Eric Menyuk as The Traveler. Based upon material by Shawn Piller and Antonia Napoli.
17321"Firstborn"Jonathan WestStory by : Mark Kalbfeld
Teleplay by : René Echevarria
April 25, 1994 (1994-04-25)11.4[1]
Worf attempts to convince his son Alexander to embrace his warrior heritage. Guest star James Sloyan as K'mtar.
17422"Bloodlines"Les LandauNick Sagan[a]May 2, 1994 (1994-05-02)11.3[1]
DaiMon Bok (guest star Lee Arenberg) returns to exact revenge on Picard by trying to kill the son Picard never knew he had.
17523"Emergence"Cliff BoleStory by : Brannon Braga
Teleplay by : Joe Menosky
May 9, 1994 (1994-05-09)11.3[1]
The Enterprise becomes an emergent intelligence. It is discovered that the ship is creating a new life form via the holodeck characters.
17624"Preemptive Strike"Patrick StewartStory by : Naren Shankar
Teleplay by : René Echevarria
May 16, 1994 (1994-05-16)11.8[1]
Lieutenant Ro graduates from advanced tactical training and is sent by Picard to lure Maquis terrorists into a trap. Guest star Richard Poe as Gul Evek.
177
178
25
26
"All Good Things..."Winrich KolbeRonald D. Moore & Brannon BragaMay 23, 1994 (1994-05-23)17.4[1]

Picard finds himself being transported by Q between three time periods, to deal with a phenomenon that threatens to erase humanity from history.

  • Originally shown as a two-hour series finale, but in syndication is shown as 2 separate episodes.
  1. ^ a b Credited as Nicholas Sagan

Footnotes

  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 "Star Trek: The Next Generation Nielsen Ratings – Season 7". TrekNation. Archived from the original on October 5, 2000. Retrieved December 22, 2013.