Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 17

Masks (19 Feb. 1994)

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Investigating a rogue comet that's been traveling throughout the universe for over 87 million years, Picard discovers alien beings within the comet, which infest the computer systems on the Enterprise, as well as Data.



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While the Enterprise makes an astronomical study of a 87 million year old rogue comet, it discovers a ship-like construction, possibly the nucleus, which contains alien artifacts constituting the 'archive' of an Ancient culture. From then on the aliens take over, 'possessing' Data's positronic network to give him several of their personalities, including the talkative Ehad and the feared queen Musaka. Alas they also transform matter and even genetics aboard, so as to turn the ship into a city their style. Picard resolves to stop that by understanding and playing the key alien characters. Written by KGF Vissers

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Director Robert Wiemer is also not fond of this episode. He said: "I always look to find a meaningful subtext of some kind in all the shows I do. More often than not they're little morality plays. I didn't find that here. It ended up an exotic adventure story but it didn't have any heart." See more »


After Data and Picard's meeting around the fire, as the camera zooms out, Data's head mark, and the sign drawn in the sand 20 seconds previously, are no longer visible. See more »


Lt. Cmdr. Data: [as the Old Man; describing and drawing the sign of Masaka's temple] A line, as the unending horizon. A curve, as the rolling hillside. A point, as a distant bird. A ray, as the rising sun.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Liaisons (1993) See more »


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I can't believe the bad reviews...
14 February 2011 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This may not have been a ten out of ten plot/story-line, but it certainly was a engaging episode. The one thing I truly loved about this episode, was that it gave Brent Spiner the ability to truly demonstrate his acting ability.

Any actor that can portray multiple personalities, and do it in a way where you believe that each persona is a unique and different individual, truly is a great actor. The emotional struggle, between the competing personalities was also portrayed in a believable way.

It's been a while since I have watched this episode, so I can't go into more detail about the story-line... but reading the negative reviews, I felt I had to say something in its defense.

Spiner's performance in this episode has always stayed with me!

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