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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Jonathan Frakes 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.
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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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