The Icarus Factor
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2

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Icarus, it will be recalled, was the young boy with artificial wings who perished when, defying his father's orders, he flew too near to the sun. This ancient Greek myth threatens to repeat itself -- at least symbolically -- when Riker is offered the captaincy of the USS Aries . His delight turns to anger when he learns that the man assigned to brief him for his new assignment is none other than his long-estranged father (Mitchell Ryan). Originally telecast April 29, 1989, "The Icarus Factor" was written by Robert Assael and Robert McCullough, who in addition to the main storyline included a curious subplot involving an uncharacteristically-behaving Lt. Worf.

Cast

Patrick Stewart
as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
as Cdr. William T. Riker
LeVar Burton
as Lt. Cdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn
as Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis
as Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
as Lt. Cdr. Data
Wil Wheaton
as Wesley Crusher
Diana Muldaur
as Katherine "Kate" Pulaski
Mitchell Ryan
as Kyle Riker
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