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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Andrus Hagan
Shaun Duke ...
Ensign Gillespie (as Duke Moosekian)
Ensign Peeples
Ensign Kenny Lin


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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16 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


While trying to escape Tyken's Rift, Picard and Data both reference the use of the Enterprise's deflector dish to defeat the Borg in TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds" as a possible solution. 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 »


[last lines]
Lt. Commander Data: Sir - as my final duty as Acting Captain, I order you to bed. I shall do the same for all personnel.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Very well, Mr. Data. And Mr. Data - thank you.
Lt. Commander Data: Pleasant dreams, sir.
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Plot is Very Creative; But How Did They Know to Do What They Did?
26 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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