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"Samaritan Snare" was the 43rd episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 17th episode of the show's second season, first aired during the week of 15 May 1989. The episode was written by Robert L. McCullough and directed by Les Landau.


Log entries

Captain's log, stardate 42779.1
We are en route to the Epsilon IX sector for an astronomical survey of a new pulsar cluster. In the meantime, Ensign Crusher will be diverting to Starbase 515 for Starfleet exams.
Captain's personal log, stardate 42779.5
We have arrived at Starbase 515. I'm still quite uneasy, despite assurances that this medical procedure poses little risk.



Bennett (Ensign)Wesley CrusherDanderdagDataSonya GomezGrebnedlogGeordi La ForgeJean-Luc PicardKatherine PulaskiReginodWilliam T. RikerDeanna TroiWorfUSS Enterprise-D computer
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William JamesVan Doren

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class explorer) • Albert Einstein (type 7 shuttlecraft) • Mondor


Starbase 515
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Andor Environment WardBiomedical Imaging ServicesVulcan Physiology UnitStarbase EarhartEpsilon Pulsar ClusterEpsilon IX sector

Races and cultures


Other references

anesthesiaartificial heartcardiac replacementheartsurgeryphoton torpedoVenturi chamberparthenogenic implantweapons specialistpulsar


stardate 42779.1, 2365 (2360s chronology, Enterprise-D voyages)
Enterprise confronts the Pakled while Picard and Wesley travel to Starbase 515.


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