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While establishing diplomatic relations with an alien race called the Cairn, Deanna's mother experiences a mental breakdown and falls into a coma, and it seems like Deanna is the only one who is able to help her, even if her mother doesn't want it. Written by Moviedude1

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Split-screen shots against a blue screen were used to allow people to interact with the wolf, which although trained was still dangerous. Kirsten Dunst petted a stand rather than the wolf, with the animal matted in later. The wolf's growl was achieved by giving it a lick of a meaty bone, then filming its reaction when a trainer moved as if to take it. See more »

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In many scenes, Troi is shown with three full pips on her collar, yet she does not get the full promotion to Commander until several episodes in the future. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's log, stardate 47254.1 - A delegation of the Cairn have just come on board. This telepathic species has no concept of spoken language and is being instructed in its use by... an old friend.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Phantasms (1993) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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It only improves near the end...and then it really pulls at your heart.
2 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Dark Page" is a very odd episode. I really cared very little for it but by the end, I found myself being sucked into the show in its very moving finale.

The Enterprise has some unusual visitors aboard. The Cairn are a race of folks who can read minds and aren't used to spoken language. Because of her ability as an empath, Lwaxana Troi has been selected to act as intermediaries with the Cairn. However, the more she works with them, the more emotionally taxing it all becomes. Eventually, she falls into a near-death coma. How does the Cairn's visit relate to all this?!

I guess the bottom line is that although the episode is pretty slow, the solution to Lwaxana's problems is unusual and satisfying--though a bit draining as well. Plus, it does give you a chance to see a young Kirsten Dunst before she achieved stardom in "Interview With a Vampire" and other film projects.


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