The Enterprise has finally tracked the missing starship USS Brittain. Counselor Deanna Troi senses trouble with the life on board and joins Riker's boarding party. The crew was slashed to death; the only survivor, Betazoid Counselor Andrus Hagan, is in shock. Doctor Beverly Crusher 's autopsy concludes 34 crewmen killed each other with phasers and other weapons, even bare hands; a tape recorded a paranoiac fear among them. While the Enterprise tows the Brittain to the nearest starbase, its own crewmen starts sensing another presence and experiencing rising fear, plausibly working up to dangerous paranoia. The ship itself gets stuck in a rift in space; Data finds the Brittain tried to escape from the same with a blast, the technicians have a hard time finding a better alternative, at Picard's request with (fear-immune android) Data temporarily in command. Meanwhile Dr. Crusher gets nightmarish hallucinations herself but concludes from a chemical imbalance that all the humans have ... Written by
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When Dr. Crusher is giving her report of the autopsies, she shows a file from the Captain's Log of the Britain. This assumes that Picard had not already been watching them. Giving what had happened on the ship, Captain Picard should have been watching those logs himself to learn what had happened to the other Captain's ship. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
It's a terrifying prospect to lose control of one's mind.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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