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
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?


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 »


[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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19 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is another episode where the Enterprise is stuck in space and not a whole lot happens--no landing party to meet aliens or battles or anything that is that interesting. In a word, the show lacks ENERGY.

The ship finds some other ship where everyone but one is dead (a familiar theme) and this time it appears as if they killed each other. Soon, folks on the Enterprise star acting goofy-- paranoid, having difficulty thinking or giving orders. Because of this, Data is placed in charge. The reason, it turns out, is that people are not experiencing REM sleep and something out there is disrupting this needed deep sleep. Soon, they'll all go mad unless they stop this, because in addition the ship is stuck and cannot move.

So, the ship is stuck and everyone is slowly wasting away. Sounds exciting, no? NO! A pretty dull episode through and through will little to recommend it.

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