Episode 50: “The Child”

Deanna and Ian Andrew

We take an in-depth look at the Next Gen episode “The Child,” in which Troi is impregnated by an alien being.

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Hosts: Andi, Jarrah, Grace, Sue

Editor: Andi

Transcription: Rebecca – @carolinalady

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  3 comments for “Episode 50: “The Child”

  1. John C
    January 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I have worked at the mental health crisis line for over 24 years. I did handle a call from a woman who had given birth her baby conceived in a rape. (Daddy was and will be still in prison.) Her problem was when her daughter was small, she looked like a child. However, as she entered her teens, the daughter began to resemble the father more and more each day. The caller dearly loved her child, but the growing resemblance was also a growing disturbance. There are huge unmentioned consequences that we skip over in life.

  2. January 18, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Bad TNG episode but good podcast episode! I had just watched “The Child” as I’m doing a TNG re-watch after many years and I just started on the second season. The conference room scene was so painful and creeper Riker…just weird. I hate the second episode “Where Silence has Lease” even more though. Pulaski calls Data “It” in that show! Luckily things get better with “Elementary Dear Data.” Keep up the great work on the podcast!

  3. R.W.
    February 2, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I loved your analysis of this episode. When you were discussing the part of the alien becoming human to experience humanity, for a second, it took me back to my catechism classes, it sounded like a story from that class: a superior being of light chooses a woman to birth him in order to experience humanity. But even in Catholic catechism class we were told Mary was asked first, even god had to ask for permission and she gave consent, but not this alien, and not to poor Deanna who seems as virtuous as Mary, therefore adding yet another layer to think about, this episode really is terrible.

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