Today, we’re concluding our look at cut footage from “Evolution”, the third-season premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation with five additional deleted scenes from the original episode! Our cut-down package highlights this new footage below – in proper context with the finished episode – along with a scene-by-scene breakdown of each scene.

The original VHS tapes, generously shared with TrekCore by Cyril “Patchou” Paciullo


Workprint vs. Finished Episode


Our take: Another scene with Troi sensing nothing, and Worf itching for a fight. It’s almost a complete duplication of the earlier scene featuring the two officers giving the same information to Picard.

The only worthwhile portion of this footage is Data’s repeated attempts to restore power to the bridge, along with Picard’s befuddled look as the lights stay dim.


Our take: Okay, hold on just a second – the nanites have evolved “emotional growth” to the point where Troi can sense them?

As the last in a series of scenes where Troi has expressed a lack of any alien presence, this is pretty silly. We’re glad that somebody realized that if an advanced machine like Data – or his devious twin, Lore – doesn’t trigger Troi’s emotional perception, the nanites shouldn’t, either.


Our take: Another slice into the womanizing image of Dr. Paul Stubbs. The final version of the episode portrays Stubbs as a driven (if not obsessed) workaholic; an equal-opportunity jerk.

The wise removal of this bit of dialogue smartly eliminates a harsh, almost misogynistic side of Stubbs’ personality, making him much more sympathetic to the viewer.


Our take: Much of the episode serves to hold Stubbs up as a mirror of Wesley Crusher; the image of someone as driven and determined as he is, with several decades added and every personal connection lost.

This conversation is Wesley’s turning point; he flat-out admits that there’s other things to life than just work, even if that work is something he chooses to focus on. All the scenes with his teenage friends built to his final line: “I have other things to live for.”

It’s this declaration that adds much more meaning to the final shot of Wesley with his friends in Ten Forward; he may spend his days living in the world of officers and grown-ups, but he doesn’t want to lose the connection to people his own age.

It’s just too bad that whole storyline was compressed to a single shot, used to illustrate that Beverly doesn’t know her son after being away for so long.


Our take: After the second sickbay scene was removed, the only direct assault on anyone aboard the Enterprise was Stubbs’ electrocution… a direct response to his attack on the nanites in the ship’s computer core.

Removing references to a “cease fire” changes the presentation of the crew’s view towards the nanites: they’re a mystery to be solved; an intelligence to be negotiated with – not an enemy to be placated.

Several of our readers have expressed interest in seeing these scenes (and the footage recovered from the other episodes in this series) included on future Next Generation Blu-ray sets. As we mentioned in previous articles (here and here), we passed on all the information about the recent discoveries to CBS which encouraged them to embark on a hunt for deleted footage. As a result, a number of deleted scenes will be presented on the upcoming fourth and fifth season Blu-ray sets (including the footage we featured from “The Wounded”). We’re assured that the hunt for additional deleted scenes from Seasons Six and Seven is underway as well. Unfortunately, the film reels for Seasons 1-3 have been returned to archival storage making any retroactive inclusion of earlier deleted scenes on later sets unlikely.

Stay tuned to TrekCore as we’ll continue to bring you in-depth coverage on any newly-recovered Next Generation footage as the Blu-ray restoration project continues.

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  • archer9234

    I was wondering where that blooper shot of Troi was from. I was like: I never saw that close up of her in the dark. Now we know it was from here. It’s funny that they caught the blooper, but no one pointed out it wasn’t used originally. I was afraid that the completed seasons where sent back already. Now will never get these shots remastered for a long time.

    • SpaceCadet

      Right. Not until we get the definitive 4K editions!

  • Allen Williams

    I wonder what the cost difference would have been to just plain scan everything. I’m also hoping that now that UHD (4K) is a standard, that they are scanning that now rather than 1080. Then they would only have to remaster seasons 1-3 (maybe 4).

    • All seven seasons are being scanned in 2K.

    • archer9234

      That wouldn’t work out. Seasons 4 and 5 are being done at the same time. And all the stock shots would need to be scanned. Even if they did start at season 6. They have to redo a lot of stuff from season 1.

    • I’m fairly sure they are scanning everything that was shipped to them from storage. That’s how we have bloopers and outtakes in 1080p HD on S2 & S3. The people tasked with finding good bloopers and outtakes aren’t looking at the negatives, they’re searching the new HD tapes that are being made from the negatives. Those new tapes are probably being sent to storage along with the film.

      See, they have no idea where the used takes are from reel to reel, so the approach is to recreate the NTSC video dailies by upconverting them to 1080p and then scanning each reel of negative and dubbing and synching the new fresh scan over the old uprezzed footage on D5-HD tape. Then they apply the existing scene EDL on those new tapes, which (mostly) auto-conforms each episode (sans VFX) thanks to some custom software.

  • CaliburnCY

    Oh, man, that Wesley and Stubbs exchange (scenes 82-84) is rather good. “Dr. Stubbs, I want to go to the Academy . . . but if I don’t, I have other things to live for.” (Oooh, burn!)

    It seems like this scene belongs with Part 1’s batch of deleted scenes with the rest of the Wesley subplot. Alright, I’ll admit I’m sad to see this scene cut and would even be happy to put back the other related scenes in the subplot (such as the ones with the teenagers in their goofy, retro costumes) if it meant restoring this one.

  • Irish-Toffee

    Great work trek core, thanks, that was really enjoyable to watch. Great moment in ACT FIVE, SCENES 82 – 84, it would have really brought the episode together.