Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 14

Conundrum (15 Feb. 1992)

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When an approaching alien ship wipes their memory, the crew struggles to put back together what happened.

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The Enterprise is heading for the Epsilon solar system. A suddenly approaching alien ship uses scanners so strong that all crew members including Data lose most of their personal memories, even names and ranks, yet retain their operational and language skills. The external communications are down and computer data banks have been selectively wiped. Some, including the ship's manifest, are altered, so as to make a Commander MacDuff Executive Officer (rather then Riker) and the Enterprise is on a crucial mission in a war the Federation would be conducting for years against the Lysian race. The alien ship has been destroyed, they assume by the Enterprise, although there's no battle damage. While crew members behave differently, failing their normal reference patterns, MacDuff volunteers for a memory therapy Dr. Crusher suggests, so he can pretend for it to fail and press on the attack on the Lysian headquarters, but the war logic doesn't quite add up... Written by KGF Vissers

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This story grew out of several amnesia stories pitched by the writers a year before. Executive producer Michael Piller felt the episode didn't quite do justice to the original pitch, which involved drafting soldiers by rewriting their memories. This storyline was later used in Star Trek: Voyager: Workforce: Part 1 (2001)/Star Trek: Voyager: Workforce: Part 2 (2001). See more »

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In the first scene, where Data is playing chess with Counselor Troi, he uses the contraction "I've": "... particularly since I've already taken both of your rooks." For whatever reason, Data has a reputation for being unable to use verbal contractions. See more »

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: You must have been one hell of a bartender.
[on seeing Data operating the computer panels at high speed]
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References Lost in Space (1965) See more »

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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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I Forgot Why I Liked This Episode
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When one accepts a willing suspension of disbelief, he can go from there. I decided not to worry about how the loss of memory was accomplished and go from there. It was interesting how the pecking order began to be established. While Macbeth never appeared on Star Trek, MacDuff showed up here. We close viewers of Star Trek notice quickly that this guy shouldn't be here. What the heck is he up to? We find out quickly that he is a war monger. The neat thing is that while the crew didn't know who they were, they maintained their areas of expertise. Worf assumes authority which would be a natural leap, considering self-survival is the first thing they must establish. A things play out, they believe they are at war and have been for a long time. This helps to fuse them into soldiers, although Picard begins to have some doubts. MacDuff eggs people on, trying to convince them they must kill or be killed. Clues slowly surface and once they know their positions on the ship, it helps to define them. Unfortunately, it concludes so abruptly, we don't get to see the pieces fall into place. Still, lots of fun.


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