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Star Trek Next Gen. #053:Bondi

Patrick Stewart , Brent Spiner , Winrich Kolbe    Unrated   VHS Tape
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An Away Team's search of a barren planet turns tragic when a buried bomb explodes and kills one of the group's archaeologists. Worf (Michael Dorn), the team leader, feels he is to blame for the death.

On board the Enterprise, Picard (Patrick Stewart) breaks the news to the victim's 12-year old son, Jeremy (Gabriel Damon). As Worf, himself an orphan, lends comfort to Jeremy, Troi (Marina Sirtis) detects an alien presence aboard the ship-Jeremy's mother, seemingly come back to life!

Picard determines that the image of Jeremy's mother is being created by an energy source from the planet's surface, and that the alien power is gaining control of the transporter room. Can Picard protect Jeremy and save The Enterprise?


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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Good One! Nov. 27 2002
This is one of the best STTNG episodes! An accident on a planet involving a leftover devise from an ancient war leads to the death of a member of an away team lead by Worf, the victim is Marla Aster who leaves behind 12 year old son Jeremy. Worf who is feeling responsible because he was in charge of the away team mission that resulted in the death of one of his away team members trys to bond with Jeremy as he too was orphaned at an early age. Worf, Picard and Troi try to help Jeremy deal with his mother's death but are hampered by a imposter from the planet who takes the form of his Mother, it is only trying to help Jeremy because feels sorry for what happened but ends up causing much confusion for the poor kid! The interaction between Worf and Jeremy is truly heartwarming and the episode is recommended to any fan of Worf and Michael Dorn the actor who plays him!
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The Bonding is one of the best Worf episodes, well actually I personally think it is the best Worf episode! Michael Dorn shines in this episode and shows the more tender side of Worf but does so without making him too soft! Marla Aster dies during an away team search of a planet and when Worf learns that her young son is on board the Enterprise and that he is all alone because his father is also deceased he feels a connection to Jeremy because he knows what it's like to be an orphan and wants to do a Klingon bonding ritual with Jeremy to help him deal with the loss of his mother but that is complicated by the sudden arrival of Jeremy's mother Marla claiming it was all a mistake but Worf finds himself with the help of Captain Picard, Deanna Troi and Wesley Crusher trying to convince Jeremy that his mother is gone and that the lookalike is fake and not really her. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would gladly do that!
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When the ship's archaeoligist dies on a mission, Worf has the sad duty of informing the woman's son. However, when the 12 year old is mourning the loss of his mother, his mother suddenly reappears and wants to take him down to the planet. But is she what she appears to be?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A custody battle between the Enterprise and Energy Beings Nov. 5 2000
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
On a routine archeological expedition led by Worf, an exploding land mine kills Dr. Marla Aster. Captain Picard and Counselor Troi have to tell Aster's son Jeremy, whose father had died a few years earlier, that he is now an orphan. However, Jeremy is not alone. An energy being from the planet comes aboard the Enterprise and assumes the appearance of Jeremy's mother. Once upon a time the planet had two races: the energy beings and corporal creatures that became extinct after generations of warfare. The energy beings will make amends for the accident by creating a home for Jeremy on the surface, where they will recreate everything he could ever want: his mother, friends, and a family. Meanwhile, also feeling responsible for what has happened, Worf attempts to bond with young Jeremy as well, teaching him about the Klingon approach to death. The energy beings are insistent that they can better provide for Jeremy than the crew of the Enterprise. Jeremy, of course, wants to be with his "mother." Picard cannot allow this, but can he prevent the powerful energy beings from doing what they want?
"The Bonding" is one of those Next Generation episodes that remembers to deal with the consequences of having families on the new and improved Enterprise. For Worf there is not only the sense of obligation since he was the leader of the away team on the mission where Marla Aster was killed, but there is also his identification with the Jeremy as an orphan. Ironically, the energy beings from the planet parallel both of these feelings as well. Ultimately, the nice touch about this episode is that the energy beings are as benevolent towards the fragile physical beings as Picard and his crew routinely are towards the various suffering creatures they encounter while cruising around the Star Trek universe. Next to Picard, Worf was always the Next Generation character who was least comfortable with small children. "The Bonding" prepares the way for the introduction of Alexander into Worf's life in a few seasons, and continues the exploration of his Klingon heritage, which becomes more and more pronounced with each season as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars Although the role of the energy being is a bit forced, the reaction to a crew K.I.A. is excellent April 5 2009
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
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This episode is about the human side of the people of the Federation, how they do their jobs and how they respond when things go wrong. While exploring a planet once inhabited by a species that completely destroyed itself through a war, Lt. Marla Aster is killed by a bomb set long ago. Her 12-year-old son Jeremy survives her, and he is now an orphan because his father died several years earlier. Worf was in command of the away team and while he was also injured, he feels responsible for Aster's death and expresses his willingness to perform the Klingon ceremony of R'uustai (the bonding) with Jeremy. This ceremony will make Jeremy part of Worf's family. However, initially Troi advises against it as Jeremy will need time to adjust to the loss.
Wesley Crusher is also deeply affected by the death as it brings back painful memories of his father's death in a Star Fleet mission. The other members of the crew are affected and each has to deal with it in their own way. What makes this episode powerful is that it is a look inside the crew and how they deal with a K.I.A. among them. Geordi leads a second away team and they oddly find many other bombs that were excavated, defused and left where they would easily be discovered.
Suddenly, Jeremy senses a presence in his quarters and it is a creature that has taken the form of his mother. It was an odd scene; for it is absurd that Jeremy would have been left alone in his quarters so soon after his mother's death. The alien presence expresses a goal of transporting Jeremy down to the surface where he will be able to relive his life with his mother. Troi tries to explain to Jeremy that she is not his mother and how he would be living in an artificial environment. The most powerful point of the episode is when Wesley describes the feelings he had when his father died and how for some time he hated Captain Picard. Since his outburst was directed at Picard, it was very moving, both to the viewer and to Jeremy. At the end, the entity, which was only trying to help Jeremy, recognizes that he is best left on the Enterprise and leaves. The episode concludes with Worf and Jeremy completing the R'uustai.
Sometimes, the best science fiction is when it deals with humans and their reactions to things that happen to humans. That is the case here, while the alien presence is a bit forced, the human emotions and reactions to the loss are what makes this episode so good.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Episode of A Great Show! Oct. 9 2005
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This is one of the best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes! An accident on a planet involving a leftoverweapon from an ancient war leads to the death of a member of an away team lead by Worf, the victim is Marla Aster who leaves behind a 12 year old son namef Jeremy. Worf who is feeling responsible because he was in charge of the away team mission that resulted in the death of one of his away team members trys to bond with Jeremy as he too was orphaned at an early age. Worf, Picard and Troi try to help Jeremy deal with his mother's death but are hampered by an imposter from the planet who takes the form of his Mother, it is only trying to help Jeremy because feels sorry for what happened but ends up causing much confusion for the poor kid! The interaction between Worf and Jeremy is truly heartwarming and the episode is recommended to any fan of Worf and Michael Dorn the actor who plays him!
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Episodes Of A Remarkable Show! Oct. 9 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes! An accident on a planet involving a leftoverweapon from an ancient war leads to the death of a member of an away team lead by Worf, the victim is Marla Aster who leaves behind a 12 year old son namef Jeremy. Worf who is feeling responsible because he was in charge of the away team mission that resulted in the death of one of his away team members trys to bond with Jeremy as he too was orphaned at an early age. Worf, Picard and Troi try to help Jeremy deal with his mother's death but are hampered by an imposter from the planet who takes the form of his Mother, it is only trying to help Jeremy because feels sorry for what happened but ends up causing much confusion for the poor kid! The interaction between Worf and Jeremy is truly heartwarming and the episode is recommended to any fan of Worf and Michael Dorn the actor who plays him!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best episodes of a remarkable Sci-Fi show. July 17 2000
By John Berkebile - Published on Amazon.com
When the ship's archaeoligist dies on a mission, Worf has the sad duty of informing the woman's son. However, when the 12 year old is mourning the loss of his mother, his mother suddenly reappears and wants to take him down to the planet. But is she what she appears to be?
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