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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1 May 1993 (USA)  »

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David Selburg (Dr. Syrus) also played the historian Whalen in the first season episode "The Big Goodbye". See more »

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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 »

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Doctor Beverly Crusher: We have one hour before curtain. How are you feeling?
Commander William T. Riker: I feel like an actor.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Beyond the lighted stage
3 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This reminds of of a piece of trivia for the movie "Manhunter". That William Petersen had to shave his head after production wrapped just to shed and completely distance himself from his character; life imitating art, given that Will Graham had to do pretty much the same in the film.

Will Riker's put in a similar position, tasked with the lead role in Beverly's play, but finding his character bleeding into reality. And Frakes bears it well, ably wearing the exhaustion and panic of a man who can't tell which way is up. It's a highly effective episode, full of turns, skilled misdirection and an actor who's up to the task.

8/10


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