"'Evolution" is the 49th episode of the science fiction television series The Next Generation.
In this episode, escaped nanites
threaten the Federation Starfleet starship USS Enterprise
as well as its critical research mission.
The USS Enterprise
approaches the Kavis Alpha binary star
system to perform astrophysics
research under the guidance of Dr. Paul Stubbs, analyzing the decay of neutronium
as a result of a stellar explosion that occurs every 196 years and due to occur in the next few hours. Dr. Stubbs, played by Ken Jenkins
, plans to launch a probe, dubbed the Egg, to gather the data, a result of a lifetime's worth of development. Meanwhile, Dr. Crusher
has rejoined the Enterprise
crew and is warmly welcomed by her son, Wesley
As the expected time of the stellar explosion nears, the ship begins to start malfunctioning in odd ways, and the issue is quickly traced to the computer core. Wesley, who had been working on a project involving microscopic nanite
, realizes that he may have inadvertently let two nanites from his experiments loose. The nanites were programmed to find ways to work together and evolve. A scan of the computer core reveals that the nanites have determined a way of replicating themselves and have taken up residence in the computer core. With the computer controls unreliable to proceed with the mission, the crew, along with Dr. Stubbs, attempt to see if they can remove the nanites from the core. However, Dr. Stubbs... Read More