Star Trek: The Next Generation/When the Bough Breaks
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When the Bough Breaks is the seventeenth episode of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Also Starring: Levar Burton (Lt. Geordi La Forge), Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf), Gates McFadden (Doctor Beverly Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher)
After following a faint energy trail. The Enterprise encounters Aldeia, a mythical civilisation supposedly thousands of years more advanced than the Federation. The Aldeians have been experiencing problems maintaining their population, and have not been able to reproduce for many decades. They propose a trade of technology for children.
Behind the Scenes
- Wil Wheaton's brother and sister (Jeremy and Amy) appear uncredited.
Allusions and References
There are two Grimm fairy tale allusions in this episode. The Enterprise crew refer to a "trail of bread crumbs" which is originally from Hänsel and Gretel. Later the children being removed is an allusion to The Pied Piper of Hamelin.