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At the end of Star Trek TNG S5E15 - "Power Play" just before the curtain falls the show suggests that the newborn child of Chief Miles and Keiko O'Brien has been possessed.

Is this event ever revisited/resolved/debunked anywhere in Star Trek canon?

Spoiler Questions

Since this was a penal colony, did a prisoner escape? For how long if the child was actually possessed?

It's a somewhat disturbing event in the show for me, I would hate to think it was left open ended by writers/producers. Thanks.

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the show suggests that the newborn child of Chief Miles and Keiko O'Brien has been possessed

No it doesn’t. Here’s the original script:

KEIKO: I'm just glad to have you back.

O'BRIEN: If I could've killed that thing inside me... I would have...

KEIKO: I know.

Molly smiles...

KEIKO: (continuing) We both know.

He exchanges a loving glance with his wife, hugs her and the baby.

No implication of baby-possession there.

The director chose to film this with a slow zoom into Molly’s face, which is I presume what makes you think that possession was implied.

I think the zoom is likely just intended to illustrate the most important thing in the O’Briens’ lives, their daughter, and to give us, the audience, a cute baby close-up to coo over. If possession were intended to be implied, I would have thought they’d at least add some creepy music, like at the end of Conspiracy in season one.

If it helps, following this episode (spoilers)

Molly O’Brien continues to grow up reasonably happily throughout The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, and at all times acts like a fairly irritating child as opposed to a convicted murder trapped in an infant girl’s body.

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    I should have been more clear. as a viewer I always assume the director shot according to the script, and so yes I did believe that the child smiling with the slow zoom and focus was to suggest an inmate had successfully escaped using a crew member that couldn't have been confronted (the child.) thanks, accepted for the DS9 reference which qualifies as supporting canon for me :) (and then marked it as spoiler info) thanks! – Shaun Wilson Oct 30 '16 at 18:37
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This original script gives no mention of this interpretation. It specifically calls out that the episode has ended "happily".

KEIKO: I'm just glad to have you back.

O'BRIEN: If I could've killed that thing inside me... I would have...

KEIKO: I know.

Molly smiles...

KEIKO: (continuing) We both know.

He exchanges a loving glance with his wife, hugs her and the baby. And as Picard, Troi and Beverly look over, pleased that the long nightmare has ended happily, we...

107 EXT. SPACE - THE ENTERPRISE (OPTICAL)

As it leaves orbit of the stormy moon...


The slow lingering look at the child at the end (coupled with the chat with the O'Briens) seems to have served to emphasise to the audience that there was no lasting injury to Molly, either physically or emotionally.

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