Episode 108: "Lonely Among Us" 

While transporting two adversary civilizations to the conference planet of Parliament, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise pass through a mysterious "cloud" containing combinations of complex energy patterns. Immediately, strange things begin to happen on the U.S.S. Enterprise. It seems that both Lt. Worf and Dr. Crusher have become afflicted with confusing behavior, while the ship malfunctions and repairs itself with no available explanation.

Soon after entering the strange "cloud," Assistant Chief Engineer Singh is killed while investigating the ship's mechanical malfunctions. At once the Starfleet crew begins investigating the circumstances surrounding Singh's death. Tasha Yar questions the visitors aboard the Enterprise and Counselor Troi puts Lt. Worf and Dr. Crusher under hypnosis to determine their thoughts during their spells of strange behavior. Both Dr. Crusher and Lt. Worf reveal that "it felt as if someone or something had invaded their minds and bodies."

After coming into contact with this strange being, Captain Picard shocks the crew with his bizarre actions. He commands the U.S.S. Enterprise back into the "cloud," thwarting the original mission to deliver the aliens to Parliament. The Captain, still under the being's influence, announces that in its struggle to return home, the entity accidentally disabled the ship, killing Singh and invading Lt. Worf, Dr. Crusher and himself. The being, now in full control of Captain Picard's behavior, announces Picard's resignation. Despite the crew's objections and their determination to fight the force that seems to be taking over Picard's mind, their efforts are in vain. The Captain is gone.

Commander Riker takes command of the U.S.S. Enterprise and orders the ship to proceed towards Parliament. By this time, the real Captain (in the form of energy) manages to move into the transporter relays and materialize back aboard the starship.

Production: 108
Season: 1 Episode: 6
Original Air Date: 11.02.1987
Stardate: 41249.3
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Denise Crosby as Natasha (Tasha) Yar
Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher
John Durbin as Ssestar
Kavi Raz as Singh
Colm Meaney as First Security Guard

What is canon?

According to various sources, this is what is considered acceptable, or canon, for potential TNG episodes:

  • * Almost all of the original series (except for obvious conflicts)
  • * All of Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • * Most of Star Trek II, III, IV, and VI
  • * All of the TNG episodes
  • * "TNG Technical Manual" by Mike Okuda and Rick Sternbach

The following is not acceptable:

  • * Star Trek (The Animated Series)
  • * Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • * All Star Trek Novels (yes, even the ones Gene Roddenberry wrote)
  • * All fanzines and fan written material
  • * Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise
  • * Worlds Of The Federation

* All FASA Material


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"Lonely Among Us"

Story by
Michael Halperin

Teleplay by
D. C. Fontana

Directed by
Cliff Bole

Copyright 1987 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights

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AUGUST 21, 1987

STAR TREK: "Lonely Among Us" - 8/21/87 - CAST

"Lonely Among Us"


RIKER                          SSESTAR (SELAY LEADER)
DATA                                  BADAR N'D'D (ANTICAN)
TROI                                 FIRST SECURITY GUARD
BEVERLY                             TRANSPORTER CHIEF
TASHA                                                       GEORDI

Non-Speaking Roles:
WORF                                                      4 SELAY
WESLEY                                              1 ANTICAN

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