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Star Trek: The Next Generation
Character: Dr. Beverly Crusher
Created by: Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: Cliff Bole, Les Landau & various
Written by: Gene Roddenberry, Ronald D. Moore & various
Produced by: Gene Roddenberry, Ronald D. Moore, Jeri Taylor & various
Other cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Majel Barrett, Wil Wheaton, Colm Meaney, Denise Crosby
Premiere date: September 27, 1987
Episodes: Appeared through the whole series, minus season 2
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Mystery
Running time: 44min

Featuring a bigger and better USS Enterprise, this series is set 78 years after the original series -- in the 24th century. Instead of Capt. James Kirk, a less volatile and more mature Capt. Jean-Luc Picard heads the crew of various humans and alien creatures in their adventures in space -- the final frontier.

Taglines

→ New Stars. New Stories. New Worlds To Explore.

Trivia

♥ Gates was pregnant during most of the fourth season. Since it was not incorporated into the series, directors used a variety of techniques to hide her pregnancy on-screen.
♥ Marina Sirtis wore a wig for most of the series, and her real hair was styled around the “fall”, while Gates wore a full wig for the first few seasons.

Series Quotes

1×07 – Justice
Your God is unfair. My son had no warning that his act was criminal.

1×21 – Symbiosis
No! Don’t do it! Jean-Luc, this is not a symbiotic relationship! This is exploitation, pure and simple! The Brekkians have caused all of this suffering and hardship only to make their pitiful lives easier! And all of it based on a lie! No! Deny them this shipment! It is the least we can do!

1×23 – We’ll always have Paris
I don’t think I wanna talk about what I think you mean. […] I can’t compete with a ghost from his past. No one could. […] She may be in the here and now, but it’s the ghost he sees.

3×01 – Evolutions
See? Now, that is healthy for a boy his age! I mean that as a doctor and not as just a mother. Ah, it is so good to see him having fun for a change! With an attractive young woman, who obviously looks at him with extraordinary affection… [to Guinan, suddenly suspicious] What do you know about this girl?

3×05 – The Bonding
What would you choose? If somebody came along and offered to give you back your mother, father or husband – would any of us say no so easily?

3×12 – The High Ground
You’ve controlled me through fear, just like you’ve tried to control this whole continent!

3×13 – Déjà Q
Well, don’t expect too much sympathy from me. You have been a pain in our backside often enough.

3×16 – The Offspring
Just help her realize she’s not alone. And… be there to nurture her when she needs love and attention.

4×05 – Remember Me
Will Riker, your First Officer! He’s… he’s *very* good at playing poker, loves to cook; he-he listens to jazz music, plays the trombone. -… – Commander Data, the android who sits at Ops. *Dreams* of being human. Never gets the punch line of a joke. -… – Deanna Troi, your ship’s counselor, half-Betazoid, loves chocolate; the arrival of her mother makes you shudder. O’Brien, Geordi, Worf. Wesley, my son! They all have been the living, breathing heart of this crew for over three years! They deserve more than to be shrugged off… brushed aside, just pinched out of existence like that. They all do. They deserve so much more.

If there’s nothing wrong with me… maybe there’s something wrong with the universe.

4×10 – The Loss
Therapists are always the worst patients – except for doctors, of course.

4×17 – Night Terrors
We have to dream in order to survive. If we don’t reach REM sleep, we don’t dream, we… we begin to lose our cognitive abilities, we find it hard to concentrate, we forget… how to do the most ordinary task. Then we become irritable, paranoid; some people experience hallucinations.

4×23 – The Host
Perhaps it is a human failing; but we are not accustomed to these kinds of changes. I can’t keep up. How long will you have this host? What would the next one be? I can’t live with that kind of uncertainty. Perhaps, someday, our ability to love won’t be so limited.

5×09 – A Matter of Time
You’re not supposed to be influencing the past, remember? And I am beginning to feel just a little bit influenced. Anyway, I could be your great-great-great-great-grandmother.

5×16 – Ethics
You scare me, Doctor. You risk your patients’ lives and justify it in the name of research. Genuine research takes time – sometimes a lifetime of painstaking, detailed work in order to get any results. Not for you. You take shortcuts – right through living tissue! You put your research ahead of your patients’ lives. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s a violation of our most sacred trust. I’m sure your work will be hailed as a stunning breakthrough. Enjoy your laurels, Doctor. I’m not sure I could.

5×23 – I Borg
When I look at my patient, I don’t see a collective consciousness, I don’t see a hive. I see a living, breathing boy who has been hurt and who needs our help. And we’re talking about sending him back to his people as an instrument of destruction.

6×09 – The Quality of Life
I remember Wesley asking me a similar question when he was little, and I tried desperately to give him an answer. But everything I said sounded inadequate. Then I realized that scientists and philosophers have been grappling with that question for centuries without coming to any conclusion. […] I think I’m saying that we struggle all our lives to answer it, that it’s the struggle that is important. That’s what helps us to define our place in the universe.

6×22 – Suspicions
[narrating] I figured the hard part was over. I’d stepped out on a limb and it hadn’t broken. Not bad for my first venture into scientific diplomacy.

6×24 – Second Chances
Deanna – just because things turned out the way they did between you and *Commander* Riker doesn’t mean you shouldn’t let things between you and *Lieutenant* Riker take their own course.

7×08 – Attached
I didn’t say that you were. I may have thought it, but there’s a difference.

I was awake for several hours, and thanks to the implants, I got to hear some very interesting dreams of yours.

7×14 – Sub Rosa
I was about to be initiated into a very unusual relationship. You might call it a family tradition. But there’s a part of me that’s a little sad.

7×20 – Journey’s End
I may not be able to stop you from throwing your entire life away, but you are going to stand here and explain it to me first. You owe me that much.

7×25 – All Good Things…
(as Captain Beverly Picard) I’ll stay here six hours longer, and then we’re heading home… I want you to remember – if it were anyone else but you, we wouldn’t even be here.

(as Captain Beverly Picard) I understand that you would never have tolerated that kind of behavior back on the Enterprise, and I won’t here. I don’t care if you’re my ex-captain or my ex-husband!

You know, I was thinking about what the Captain told us all about the future. About how we all changed and drifted apart. Why would he want to tell us what’s to come?

In Gates’ words…

• The reason I took the job was because it was a woman who had a very powerful position, was a commander, was a mother, was a good parent, was a leader and was somebody who cared about helping people. She had great humanity. She was that kind of a doctor, and it was very important to me that she was that kind of a doctor. And she was the love interest of Picard. So, she was a woman who also had sexuality. [from “The Doctor Is In: Gates McFadden Interview, Part 1” by StarTrek.com]

• [on the relationship with Jean-Luc Picard] McFadden said fans always want to know if Captain Picard could have been Wesley’s father. “I think it would’ve been cool … it stayed very vague. I made a choice that Picard wasn’t but he could have been. There had been opportunities, that Picard and I had been involved on some level. But who knows? It was a great relationship and I loved the fact it was so ambiguous.” [from “Gates McFadden on being a female cast member on Star Trek: The Next Generation” by CBC]