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* GoryDiscretionShot: We don't see the effect of Worf's acid attack on Dr. Crusher, but her reaction makes it clear how painful it was, and Ogawa says she will require [[BodyHorror extensive reconstructive surgery]].


On the bridge, Worf is field testing some newly-upgraded torpedoes in an asteroid field. When one of them veers off course (the result of some "improvements" made to the guidance system by Worf himself), Picard decides to take a shuttle out himself to retrieve it. Data joins as well, after leaving Spot in the care of Barclay.

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On the bridge, Worf is field testing some newly-upgraded torpedoes in an asteroid field. When one of them veers off course (the result of some "improvements" made to the guidance system by Worf himself), a bored Picard decides to take a shuttle out himself to retrieve it. Data joins as well, after leaving Spot in the care of Barclay.


* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Put simply, the events of this episode take liberties with how biology works.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Put simply, the events of this episode take a ''lot'' of liberties with how biology works.evolution and DNA work.


* ArtisticLicenseBiology: De-evolution? Really?
** Counselor Troi has de-evolved into a frog. How does a mixed species human/Betazoid become an amphibian? You know what? Just enjoy the episode!
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Crusher claims that new diseases are usually named after the first patient diagnosed with the disorder. Not only is that not strictly accurate in-episode, as Worf was actually the first person to be diagnosed with specific symptoms, the standard practise is for diseases to be named after the medical professional who first identifies them, meaning that the disease should have been called ''Crusher's'' Protomorphosis Syndrome. That said, it'd be quite understandable why she doesn't want her name associated with a boo-boo that resulted in an entire starship crew being mutated, one crewman ending up dead, and her own face being melted off.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: De-evolution? Really?
** Counselor Troi has de-evolved into a frog. How does a mixed species human/Betazoid become an amphibian? You know what? Just enjoy
Put simply, the episode!
events of this episode take liberties with how biology works.
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Crusher claims that new diseases are usually named after the first patient diagnosed with the disorder. Not only is that not strictly accurate in-episode, as Worf was actually the first person to be diagnosed with specific symptoms, the standard practise practice is for diseases to be named after the medical professional who first identifies them, meaning that the disease should have been called ''Crusher's'' Protomorphosis Syndrome. That said, it'd be it's quite understandable why she doesn't want her name associated with a boo-boo that resulted in an entire starship crew being mutated, one crewman ending up dead, and her own face being melted off.


* ChekhovsGun: Spot's soon-to-be-born kittens and Ogawa's pregnancy provide Data with what he needs to reverse the de-evolution.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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Spot's soon-to-be-born kittens and Ogawa's pregnancy provide Data with what he needs to reverse the de-evolution.de-evolution.
** Barclay hooks up a power conduit early on as a bypass. Picard uses it to shock the transformed Worf during the climax.


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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: One of the early symptoms of the syndrome involves behavioral changes. For example:
** Riker's mind wanders, and he can't think straight.
** Barclay is hyperactive.
** Geordi is easily tired.
** Troi is constantly [[ImColdSoCold cold]] and thirsty.
** Worf is even more aggressive than usual (including sexually).
** Picard is on the verge of panic.


* BodyHorror: Due to the gene activation injection, the crew starts transforming into various humanoid hybrids. This is not limited to humanoids; Data's cat Spot turns into a iguana. For example:

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* BodyHorror: Due to the gene activation injection, the crew starts transforming into various humanoid hybrids. This is not limited to humanoids; Data's cat Spot turns into a an iguana. For example:



* TooDumbToLive: Despite Worf acting extremely unusual, and Crusher noting that he's growing an acidic toxin sac on his neck, she stares him right in the face and tries to examine his mouth and gets a faceful of acid as a result. Real smart, doc.

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* TooDumbToLive: Despite Worf acting extremely unusual, and Crusher noting that he's growing an acidic toxin sac on his neck, she stares him right in the face and tries to examine his mouth and gets mouth, getting a faceful of acid as a result. Real smart, doc.


* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Crusher claims that new diseases are usually named after the first patient diagnosed with the disorder. Not only is that not strictly inaccurate in-episode, as Worf was actually the first person to be diagnosed with specific symptoms, the standard practise is for diseases to be named after the medical professional who first identifies them, meaning that the disease should have been called ''Crusher's'' Protomorphosis Syndrome. That said, it'd be quite understandable why she doesn't want her name associated with a boo-boo that resulted in an entire starship crew being mutated, one crewman ending up dead, and her own face being melted off.

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* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Crusher claims that new diseases are usually named after the first patient diagnosed with the disorder. Not only is that not strictly inaccurate accurate in-episode, as Worf was actually the first person to be diagnosed with specific symptoms, the standard practise is for diseases to be named after the medical professional who first identifies them, meaning that the disease should have been called ''Crusher's'' Protomorphosis Syndrome. That said, it'd be quite understandable why she doesn't want her name associated with a boo-boo that resulted in an entire starship crew being mutated, one crewman ending up dead, and her own face being melted off.

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** Counselor Troi has de-evolved into a frog. How does a mixed species human/Betazoid become an amphibian? You know what? Just enjoy the episode!

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* CoitusInterruptus: The injury Riker's being treated for in the prologue came about when a date in the arboretum got hot-and-heavy, and he rolled into some cactus in the process.


* BrickJoke: Isn't Barclay [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E2RealmOfFear afraid of spiders]]? And that's what he turns into?


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* ContinuityNod: Isn't Barclay [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E2RealmOfFear afraid of spiders]]? And that's what he turns into?

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* BrickJoke: Isn't Barclay [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E2RealmOfFear afraid of spiders]]? And that's what he turns into?


* NothingIsScarier: An in-universe example with Picard, who starts to become abnormally anxious due to the intron virus ramping up his fight-or-flight instinct. Despite this, in true badass fashion, he manages to control his fear enough to not only come up with a solution, but provoke Worf into chasing him to buy time for Data.

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* NothingIsScarier: NothingIsScarier:
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An in-universe example with Picard, who starts to become abnormally anxious due to the intron virus ramping up his fight-or-flight instinct. Despite this, in true badass fashion, he manages to control his fear enough to not only come up with a solution, but provoke Worf into chasing him to buy time for Data.Data.
** Speaking of Worf; the viewer is never given a clear look at what Worf turned into as a result of the virus. Whatever it is, though, has Picard scared out of his wits!

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* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Crusher claims that new diseases are usually named after the first patient diagnosed with the disorder. Not only is that not strictly inaccurate in-episode, as Worf was actually the first person to be diagnosed with specific symptoms, the standard practise is for diseases to be named after the medical professional who first identifies them, meaning that the disease should have been called ''Crusher's'' Protomorphosis Syndrome. That said, it'd be quite understandable why she doesn't want her name associated with a boo-boo that resulted in an entire starship crew being mutated, one crewman ending up dead, and her own face being melted off.

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* SpidersAreScary: Especially a six-foot spider who used to be a man.


* DoomItYourself: While certainly a competent tactical officer, Worf is not quite equal to Starfleet's weapons development division. If he hadn't tinkered with the guidance system, Picard and Data most likely would not have needed to chase after that rogue torpedo.

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