Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 18

Eye of the Beholder (26 Feb. 1994)

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As a young lieutenant aboard the Enterprise commits suicide, his ship mates deal with the loss and Deanna deals with feelings surrounding her as she and Worf begin to form a relationship.

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Lt. Walter Pierce
Nancy Harewood ...
Lt. Nara
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After Star fleet lieutenant Daniel Kwan commits suicide for no obvious reason during his work aboard, Deanna is determined to find out what to tell the crew and most of all his parents. To even her surprise, the telepath can sense emotions from his relevant past, concerning an earlier tragedy he felt guilty about, the key person in which seems to come alive in her mind. Written by KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2370. See more »

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When Deanna steps down the ladder from the catwalk during her vision about Utopia Planitia, a panel with selenium cells can be seen in the foreground. During the investigation in the nacelle tube, she indicates one of those panels saying that she doesn't remember seeing them in her vision, and Data confirms that they have not been installed until two years ago. While it is possible that Deanna may well have overlooked that panel in her vision, Data's statement is clearly in contradiction to the images from eight years earlier. And it is unlikely that Data would have been in error about the time of installment. See more »

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[Data is talking about his first months of activation, when he was at risk of systems failure]
Lt. Commander Data: I came to the conclusion, it would be safer - and easier - to shut myself down and start again.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Yeah, but if you had done that you wouldn't have remembered any of the things that had happened to you.
Lt. Commander Data: Mm. In a way, it would have been like committing suicide.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: So what did you do?
Lt. Commander Data: I decided against the procedure. I chose instead to treat the problems I was having with my systems as challenges to overcome, ...
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The ending ruined the episode.
10 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes written to give Marina Sirtis full work in an episode instead of her usual four or five lines. And you can guess it even before viewing, it will involve Counselor Troi using her telepathic powers to find why an event happened. And in this case we have a suicide, by Lt Kwan, and she is set to investigate so the family can have some answers. And during her investigation she has an empathic experience about an event that happened many years ago as the Enterprise was being built. So now we get story where Deanna, by her telepathic powers, can view into the future and possibly solve a mystery of why the young Lt. Kwan committed suicide.

We all know that the writers try their best to spread the story-lines so that each character is featured in at least one or two episodes a season. And I feel sure that writing for Marina Sirtis character is difficult. But in this story it goes far overboard making her telepathic powers and the following story confusing and bothersome. At the end of the episode it gets all summed up by a play on words that is difficult to understand. When the reason for the suicide and other actions are revealed, it all seems so made-up that the story was for naught. An otherwise nice story that seemed rush to conclusion. This is one time the ending ruined the story.


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