Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 21

Frame of Mind (1 May 1993)

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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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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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This takes place in 2369. See more »

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Data tells Riker that he gave a very realistic performance of "multi-infarct dementia." But his character's behaviour has more in common with schizophrenia. See more »

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[final scene of the play 'Frame of Mind', with Riker as the patient and Data as the doctor]
Lt. Commander Data: Perhaps we should continue this discussion next week.
Commander William T. Riker: No. I wanna talk about this now!
Lt. Commander Data: You're starting to sound angry again. Maybe you need another treatment.
Commander William T. Riker: What I need is to get out of this cell! I've been locked up in here for days. You've controlled my every move, you told me what to eat, what to think, what to say. And when I show a glimmer of independent thought, you strap me down, inject me with ...
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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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