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When the Bough Breaks

What rating would you give When the Bough Breaks?  

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  1. 1. What rating would you give When the Bough Breaks?

    • 5. It?s great, I loved it!
    • 4. It?s good.
    • 3. It?s average.
    • 2. It?s not that good.
    • 1. I hated it.

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Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season: 1

Episode #: 16

Production #: 118

Episode Name: When The Bough Breaks

Original Air Date: 02.15.88


The Enterprise discovers that the mythical planet of Aldea is in fact real and has been hidden behind a cloaking shield for generations. Their sudden appearance relates to their inability to conceive children so they kidnap a number of children from the Enterprise in an attempt to rejuvenate their planet.


This was veteran actor Jerry Hardin's first appearance in a Star Trek series. He would later play Samuel Clemens in Time's Arrow, Parts I and II and Dr. Neria in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Emanations.




Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes as William Thomas Riker

LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge

Denise Crosby as Natasha "Tasha" Yar

Michael Dorn as Worf

Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi

Brent Spiner as Data

Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher


Guest Cast:


Brenda Strong as Rashella

Jerry Hardin as Radue

Paul Lambert as Melian

Ivy Bethune as Duana

Jandie Swanson as Katie


Director: Kim Manners

Written By: Hannah Louise Shearer


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Hmmm, I'm divided on this episode.


It was alright, I do like the concept of the aliens being overreliant on a piece of technology which has caused such damage to them.


Also, the stealing of the children was handled quite well.


Even Wesley Crusher was alright in this one.


I'll give this a rating of 1.

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I, for one, thought it was a great episode! I especially liked how they became sterile after being exposed to radiation from a computer, its like they knew that laptops would be coming out soon! :P but seriously, laptops make you sterile. The rest of this episode was great to, i liked the... can't remember what it's called, but the "emotional flute", as i like to call it that the little girl was playing, i'd like one of those! i give it a four

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