'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Season 3 Episodes
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3
The third season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation commenced airing in broadcast syndication in the United States on September 25, 1989 and concluded on June 18, 1990 after airing 26 episodes. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise-D. Season three featured the return of Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher after she was replaced by Diana Muldaur for the second season. The season also saw the debut of several actors who would reappear in the same roles and others throughout the franchise, such as Dwight Schultz as Lt. Reginald Barclay, and Tony Todd as Kurn.
Further changes occurred to the writing staff, with Michael Piller brought on board as executive producer after Michael I. Wagner held the position for three weeks. Ronald D. Moore also joined the staff following the submission of a script for "The Bonding". Hans Beimler, Richard Manning, Melinda M. Snodgrass and Ira Steven Behr all left the staff at the end of the season. Actor Wil Wheaton also asked to leave following the way his character, Wesley Crusher, was written during the season – a decision he later regretted. Other changes included a modification to the opening sequence, and changes to the Starfleet uniforms on the show, which resulted in the creation of Patrick Stewart's "Picard Maneuver".
A system-wide computer malfunction places the crew of the Enterprise in grave danger while they escort a scientist to study an exploding star.
“The Ensigns of Command”
Data is sent to evacuate a human colony when the hostile non-humanoid species that possesses the planet now want to inhabit it.
The Enterprise investigates a planet where an entirely colony has been eradicated except for two elderly residents and their home, which has been left in perfect condition.
“Who Watches the Watchers?”
An away team inadvertently breaks the Prime Directive and reveals themselves to a primitive culture on Mintaka III, leading the inhabitants to believe that Captain Picard is a god.
Worf and Wesley must help a 12 year old boy cope with the death of his mother; an archaeologist killed during an away mission to a deserted planet.
While investigating an ancient ship left adrift in space, the Enterprise accidentally trips the ancient booby trap that disabled the old vessel over 1000 years ago.
A blind Geordi is trapped on a hazardous planet with a paranoid and severely injured Romulan.
The Enterprise hosts the negotiations for the rights to a newly discovered, stable wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant.
“The Vengeance Factor”
The Enterprise crew tries to mend the relationship between a race known as the Acamarians and a faction known as the Gatherers.
A defecting Romulan warns the Federation about an impending attack by the Romulans, who are allegedly establishing a secret base within the Neutral Zone.
A planet applying to join the Federation enlists the help of the Enterprise to track down a wanted criminal who has a reputation for excessive violence.
“The High Ground”
Dr. Crusher is abducted by a group of terrorists while delivering crucial medical supplies to a planet ravaged by civil war.
The Calamarian starts attacking the Enterprise while seeking revenge on a powerless Q who has requested sanctuary.
“A Matter of Perspective”
Riker is accused of murder when a scientist is killed in an explosion.
A rift in the space/time continuum brings the Enterprise 22 years into the future, and alters the timeline.
Data becomes a father when he creates a Soong-type android in the form of a daughter named Lal. Issues are complicated when Lal starts showing signs of a more evolved consciousness.
“Sins of the Father”
Worf is reunited with his long-lost brother when their father is charged with treason for helping the Romulans.
Picard is secretly abducted and switched with an alien double. The crews' suspicions are raised when he starts exhibiting unusual behavior.
While on vacation on Risa, Captain Picard encounters two Vorgons from the 27th Century.
The Enterprise encounters a "living" ship in the Neutral Zone, and risks breaking the Romulan Federation alliance in order to bring it into contact with a Betazoid emissary.
A nervous and insecure officer places the Enterprise in great danger when he spends his time acting out his fantasies on the holodeck and neglects his duties in Engineering.
“The Most Toys”
The crew is shattered by the apparent death of Data in a shuttle explosion, and they're prevented from carrying out a detailed investigation when Starfleet gives them orders for a new mission.
Spock's Vulcan father, Sarek, boards the Enterprise to negotiate political relations with the Legaran.
“Ménage à Troi”
Riker and Troi's shore leave on Betazed is interrupted when they are unexpectedly joined by Deanna's mother, Lwaxana.
Crusher becomes attracted to an injured alien with mysterious powers, who is being tracked down by his government like a wanted criminal.
“The Best of Both Worlds (1)”
A Starfleet expert on the Borg, Lt. Cmdr. Shelby, is assigned to the Enterprise to investigate the disappearance of a Federation colony.