Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 (1989 - 1990)

Season 3
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Air date: Sep 25, 1989

First telecast September 30, 1989, this episode served as the third-season opener for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Ken Jenkins guest stars as Dr. Paul Stubbs, an astrophysicist obsessed with completing his latest mission, that of investigating a strange phenomenon in a faraway star system. Stubbs' dogged refusal to be deflected from his course causes him to ignore a computer malfunction that endangers the Enterprise's life support systems. Michael Piller wrote the teleplay from "Evolution," from a story by Michael Wagner and himself.

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Air date: Oct 2, 1989

Responding from a call from the Sheliak Corporate, the Enterprise crew is confronted by hostile Sheliaks at the Tau Cygna Five earth colony. Citing an old treaty, the Sheliaks demand that the human colonists evacuate the planet within four days or face total annihilation. It is up to Data to persuade the intractable colonists to leave...all 15,000 of them. Originally telecast October 7, 1989, "The Ensigns of Command" was written by Melinda M. Snodgrass.

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Air date: Oct 9, 1989

Arriving too late on a rescue mission, the crew finds that the entire Federation colony of Rana IV has been wiped out, save for an elderly couple, Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge (John Anderson, Anne Haney) living in a tiny patch of green. At first willing to accept the Uxbridge's survival as a miracle, Captain Picard soon begins to suspect that there's more to this than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Deanna Troi, who likewise finds something amiss, is suddenly seized with a mysterious and painful illness. Written by Michael Wagner, "Survivors" was originally aired October 14, 1989.

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Air date: Oct 16, 1989

While studying the culture of the primitive Mintakans, a group of Federation anthropologists are injured in a reactor explosion. Rushing provisions to the anthropologists, Captain Picard unknowingly violates the Prime Directive. As a result, he is feted as a God by the Mintakans, who prepare the hapless Deanna Troi as a sacrifice. First telecast October 21, 1989, "Who Watches the Watchers" was written by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler.

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Air date: Oct 23, 1989

Archaeologist Marla Aster (Susan Powell) is killed during an away team investigation of a deserted planet. Feeling responsible for her death, Lt. Worf tries to offer solace to Marla's now-orphaned young son Jeremy (Gabriel Damon). Things take a bizarre turn when Marla suddenly reappears right before Jeremy's eyes, leading to an amazing revelation about the long-dead civilization Marla had been investigating. Written by Ronald D. Moore, "The Bonding" first aired October 28, 1989.

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Air date: Oct 30, 1989

The away team ventures into an asteroid field to investigate a centuries-old Promelian warship. During their absence, the Enterprise is barraged with radiation, causing the ship to lose its power and be held in the thrall of the same booby trap that had destroyed the ancient warship. With time rapidly running out, Picard and Geordi decide upon a desperate strategy, which will either free the ship or kill everyone on board. Ron Roman, Michael Pillar, and Richard Danus collaborated on the script for "The Booby Trap," which originally aired November 4, 1989.

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Air date: Nov 6, 1989

Answering a distress signal from the Federation planet Galorndon Core, Geordi is trapped in a deep pit. Likewise imprisoned is an injured Romulan warrior (John Snyder), the sole survivor of a starship crash. Though neither man trusts the other, Geordi and the warrior are forced to work together to save themselves from their plight. First telecast November 11, 1989, "The Enemy" was cowritten by David Kemper and Michael Pillar.

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Air date: Nov 13, 1989

Counselor Troi falls in love again, this time with handsome Chrysalian delegate Devinioni Ral (Matt McCoy). Alas, the object of Troi's affections is a double-dyed deceiver, intending to employ underhanded methods to gain control of a galactic shortcut called a wormhole. The shock of this discovery has profound long-ranging effects on both Troi and Ral. Scripted by Hannah Louise Shearer, "The Price" made its American TV debut on November 18, 1989.

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Air date: Nov 20, 1989

Next Generation's final first-run episode of 1989 premiered on November 25 of that year. Written by Sam Rolfe (whose previous credits included such prestigious TV series as Have Gun, Will Travel and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), "The Vengeance Factor" got under way as Captain Picard attempted to mediate a bitter dispute between a band of space pirates called the Gatherers, and the ruler of their home planet, Acamar. There Picard's peace-keeping mission is imperiled by a mysterious and elusive assassin. Meanwhile, Riker falls in love with Yuta (Lisa Wilcox), the beautiful, enigmatic servant of Acamarian leader Marouk (Nancy Parsons).

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Air date: Jan 1, 1990

James J. Sloyan stars as Setal, a Romulan defector. Taking refuge on the Enterprise, Setal warns Picard of an impending major Romulan offensive designed to regain control of the Neutral Zone. Since any resistance to this offensive would spark a full-scale war, Captain Picard cannot help but question Setal's reliability, as well as his motives. A surprise revelation awaits the crew in this tense Next Generation entry, which was written by Ronald D. Moore and originally telecast January 6, 1990.

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Season 3 sees the crew of the USS Enterprise face off against enemies including the Borg and the Ferengi.

Cast & Crew

Michael Dorn
Lt. Worf
LeVar Burton
Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Marina Sirtis
Counselor Deanna Troi
Wil Wheaton
Wesley Crusher
Patrick Stewart
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Brent Spiner
Lt. Cmdr. Data
Jonathan Frakes
Cmdr. William Riker
Gates McFadden
Dr. Beverly Crusher
Colm Meaney
Chief Miles O'Brien
Julie Warner
Christy Henshaw
Andreas Katsulas
Cmdr. Tomalak
Ken Jenkins
Dr. Paul Stubbs
Denise Crosby
Lt. Tasha Yar
Peter Vogt
Romulan Commander
Dwight Schultz
Lt. Reginald Barclay
Gene Roddenberry
Executive Producer
Rick Berman
Executive Producer
Michael Piller
Ira Steven Behr
Melinda Snodgrass
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Critic Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

TNG is finally worth of the Star Trek mantle; I'd say this was overall at least as good as TOS' first season, and maybe even as good as its second.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Gravity is an odd virtue to find in a series about deep space, but then little about Star Trek: The Next Generation ever seemed ordinary.

Oct 3, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's nice to watch that story in that manner, allowing the viewer to find a sense of closure on one of the greatest cliffhangers in television history.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

All of a sudden The Next Generation had found its feet.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The Borg might feel like it assimilates this season, but the real pleasure for Trekkers will be some of the series most memorable, moving and thought-provoking stand-alone episodes.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

A justifiable classic.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

TNG had already found its own voice in the second season, as it stepped out of the original series' shadow and stood alone as its own entity. Here, it fully developed its potential for the first time, and gave us all a reason to tune in every week.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

The real greatness of this season comes in its choice of episodes, which includes two of the best Star Trek shows ever, and that is out of all of the episodes of all five television series.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3

  • Oct 29, 2020
    Oh wowsers are you going to keep doing these
  • Oct 27, 2020
    What a awsome season and the action is great
  • Oct 19, 2020
    Started watching this series when I was 4 or 5 years old, had a huge impact on my personal moral/ethical code. Some of the best tv ever made.
  • Sep 15, 2020
    A huge improvement from season 1 and 2. Episodes like Sins of the Father, The Offspring, Sarek, Survivors, The Defector and Deja Q are excellent episodes. Then we have the Best of Both Worlds and Yesterday's Enterprise, which are simply TV masterpieces.
  • Aug 14, 2020
    The writers and actors really hit their stride with seasons 3, 4, and 5 of TNG. Simply excellent.
  • Aug 13, 2020
    Plain simple classic. Has his ups and downs but every minute of it is still way better than anything new produced by the Kurzman folks.
  • Jul 12, 2020
    Fall asleep to this show for years, but also have actually watched every episode awake as well
  • Jun 27, 2020
    This season just like first two is amazing, I love the characters and despite it being outdated in picture it really is a gem.
  • Feb 10, 2020
    The show gais its basis here, and start to develop background plots like Romulans Klingons, Data, Borg, Cardassians. The MYTH begins
  • Nov 01, 2019
    In my opinion this show eclipses The Original Star Trek series and should be discussed as being one of the best TV shows of all time. Now of course every episode isn't as great as others, but the series in itself leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. Definitely the best Science Fiction TV show ever created!

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