Riker begins to question reality when he finds himself in an alien insane asylum and faces the prospect his life on the Enterprise has been a delusion.



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David Selburg ...
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Allan Dean Moore ...
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Riker is gravely affected by a local's death on a covert mission on Telonus 4, where civil strife has created total mayhem and endangers Federation colonists. From then on, he has a frustrating series of conflicting sensations, unable to tell whether his mind is running wild aboard the Enterprise getting into a crazy character in a play, or undergoing reflexion therapy, a voluntary alternative to irreparable surgical synaptic reconstruction, in a Telosian mental ward... Written by KGF Vissers

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1 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Susanna Thompson, who had played Varel in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Next Phase (1992), would later play the second Borg Queen in Star Trek: Voyager (1995). See more »


Data uses a contraction in the first scene on three different occasions - something he normally doesn't do. However, he is reading lines from a play. It's not part of his normal speech pattern, just him "mimicking" another character, which is something he has done before. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: Don't be afraid of your darker side. Have fun with it.
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Riker's had better days....
30 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very trippy episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and is the sort of thing that kind of makes your head hurt...which I like.

It all begins with Riker performing a play aboard the Enterprise. The play is about a man in a mental institution who insists he is not insane...and then instead of the play ending, Riker finds himself in an alien mental institution. The 'doctor' insists that the Enterprise and its crew are Riker's delusions and he's never been in Starfleet! What's happening?!

This episode is like a dream within a dream within a dream--and it's seriously weird. Some folks obviously don't like the show (based on one incredibly scathing review) but I did and it does have an extremely high overall score. Worth seeing and enjoyably paranoid.

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