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Strange images begin appearing throughout the ship's decks and holodecks. Data and the rest of the crew begin to investigate only to discover that the ship's computer itself is exhibiting the strange behavior as it begins to become self-aware. Written by Good2Go

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Thomas Kopache has played Mirok in TNG "The Next Phase", Train Engineer in TNG "Emergence", Enterprise-B communications officer in Star Trek Generations, Viorsa in Voyager "The Thaw", Kira Taban in DS9 "Ties of Blood and Water" and "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night", Tos in Enterprise "Broken Bow" and a Sphere Builder test subject in Enterprise "Harbinger". See more »

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Data is shown working in the uncovered manhole to bring down the power grid, after which Geordi tells him to stop what he is doing. The very same footage is reused when Data brings the power grid back online. See more »

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Doctor Beverly Crusher: It isn't really the train itself that I'm interested in.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: What then?
Doctor Beverly Crusher: It's the experience.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Another Semi-Surreal Plot
17 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this is certainly interesting, it's another episode where one needs to strain one's sense of order. What exactly is the enemy and what is it doing. Apparently, the ship's computer has become sentient and is trying to gain control of its being. This leads to a hodgepodge of stuff going on on the holodeck. There are a group of characters that seem to be part of a dream the ship is having. Whatever is going on appears to be a metaphor for correcting the problem. The ship isn't a true adversary; it is trying to find its way. Data and the gang must figure out what is going on. There is a kind of display that keeps repeating itself all around the ship that may be the clue to its intentions. As is often the case, things make sense to everyone but the audience. There are parallels her between Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Prospero the wizard. I admit, though, that I never quite got it.


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