Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 17

Night Terrors (16 Mar. 1991)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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 KGF Vissers

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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 »


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Plot is Very Creative; But How Did They Know to Do What They Did?
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A Starship is found floating in space. It is functioning for the most part but only one crew member is left alive. He is Betazoid but in a catatonic state. Records show that the crew had lapsed into fear and paranoia. They had actually killed each other. Now the proximity of the disabled ship begins to affect the Enterprise crew. People are unable to dream and this leads to the symptoms that finished off the previous crew. The Enterprise has one advantage: Commander Data. As is usually the case, he is not affected by forces that humans face. As order disintegrates, Deanna Troi is the only one having dreams, and she is having nightmares. She is floating into a void, heading for a light, while a voice speaks to her in what seems to be nonsense. I decided not to be too critical because I wanted to see things play out. For me, a weakness is that sometimes the solutions to problems in this series are so far-fetched, so sophisticated, or so complex, it blows my mind as to how even Data can come up with an answer on such short notice. Still, I think this is one of the most imaginative episodes of the series.

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