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
Did You Know?
The USS Brattain was named after Walter Houser Brattain, an American physicist, who, along with John Bardeen and William Shockley, invented the transistor. See more
The Federation science vessel found by the Enterprise carries the name USS Brittain on the hull but its name on all internal bridge displays and the captains log when it is replayed has its name spelt Brattain. See more
Ensign Kenny Lin
Commander William T. Riker
Just like the Brattain.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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