Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987): S01E11 – Haven


Introduction

“Haven” is the eleventh episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, originally aired on 30 November 1987, in broadcast syndication in the United States.

Directed by Richard Compton, the story was originally created by Lan O’Kun, and developed into the final script by Tracy Tormé.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet crew of the Federation starship Enterprise-D. In this episode, Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) deals with the commitment of an arranged marriage after the arrival of the wedding party, including her mother Lwaxana (Majel Barrett). Meanwhile, the Enterprise must deal with a plague ship approaching a paradisaical planet.

The episode marked the first appearance of several guest actors in The Next Generation, including Barrett and Carel Struycken. Tormé disliked the final version of the episode, and the critical response to the episode was mixed, with the performance of Barrett both praised and criticised.

Outline

The Federation starship Enterprise arrives at the planet Haven, where the ship’s Betazoid Counsellor Deanna Troi has been summoned by her mother Lwaxana. Troi had previously been set into an arranged marriage to the young human doctor, Wyatt Miller (Robert Knepper), and his parents have since tracked down Lwaxana to enforce the marriage. After Lwaxana and the Millers are welcomed aboard the Enterprise, the parents argue over whose cultural traditions will be honoured at the ceremony. Troi and Wyatt attempt to get to know each other but find it difficult, as Troi is still in love with Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes). Wyatt has had numerous dreams of another woman with whom he has fallen in love, and had initially believed her to be Troi communicating telepathically with him.

The Enterprise then learns of an unmarked vessel approaching Haven. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) recognises it as Tarellian, a race they thought to have been wiped out by a highly lethal and contagious virus. When they contact the ship, they find a handful of Tarellian refugees who have been travelling at sub-light speeds to Haven in hopes of finding an isolated location to live out the rest of their lives in peace. Picard insists that they cannot go to the planet for fear of spreading the virus, and has the Tarellian vessel placed in a tractor beam.

Wyatt discovers that one of the Tarellians, Ariana (Danitza Kingsley), from his dreams, and she too recognises Wyatt. Wyatt tells Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) that he will transport some medical supplies to them, but transports himself along with the supplies. When the crew discovers this, Wyatt’s parents demand that Picard bring Wyatt back to the Enterprise, but Troi insists that he cannot return, as Wyatt would now carry the Tarellian virus.

Wyatt promises his parents, Troi, and the rest of the crew that he knew that this would be destiny, and is happy to try to help cure the Tarellian virus. Wyatt convinces the Tarellians to leave Haven and search for help elsewhere. Picard orders the tractor beam to be dropped and allows the vessel to depart the system.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Richard Compton.
  • Writer(s): Tracy Torme and Lan O’Kun.
  • Release Date: 30 November 1987.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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