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
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remarked: "Frame of Mind was really dark. It was a terrifying show and creepy to do. It was as big a show as any I've had to carry." See more
It is never properly explained why Riker of all people has been chosen to go on that undercover mission. Neither is he known for his expertise in that kind of "jobs", nor does he seem too familiar with the environment and the circumstances on the planet (which is why he has to be briefed about those things first). A more logical choice, for instance, would have been Worf - who appeared a lot more knowledgeable about Tilonian culture and the planet's terrain anyway - or any other specially trained security officer. Of course, the actual reason for Riker's use on this mission is to set up the story. See more
Counselor Deanna Troi
Don't be afraid of your darker side. Have fun with it.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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