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Following faint energy signals like a trail of bread crumbs, theEnterpriseends up in the Epsilon Minos system. Riker is excited because this is the area where the mythical world of Aldea is located, an advanced civilization rumored to be centuries old, peaceful, self-contained, and technically sophisticated, where the inhabitants devote themselves to art. What luck, then, that they end up parked just outside of the orbit of this legendary planet and lines of communication open up. Good luck turns to bad when the Aldeans kidnap a bunch of children from theEnterpriseand try to pay off the parents by giving them advanced technology. Turns out the Aldeans are impotent and dying off, and need a new generation of children to help repopulate the planet. They try to be good surrogate parents, opening up the kids to their artistic potential, but that doesn't placate the birth parents. "When the Bough Breaks" capitalizes on a natural mistrust of artist colonies, combined with a fear of forced adoption.--Andy Spletzer
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Studio:  Paramount
CastLeVar Burton, Gates McFadden
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As a math teacher, I was thrilled to see the start of this episode. A young boy running through the corridors of the Enterprise collides with Riker and falls down. He was running from his math class and his father catches up. The father scolds the boy, telling him that everyone needs a basic understanding of calculus. This is stuff to prime the heart of mathematicians everywhere. Unfortunately, after that stellar beginning, the episode collapses.    The Enterprise is following a trail …
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